How To Riff – Pentatonic Scale

How To Riff – Pentatonic Scale

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How To Riff – Pentatonic Scale

A Riff is defined as a fast set of moving notes, it is also called a Melisma or Melismatic phrase. It is used a lot when singing R & B.

95% Percent of good riffs are gotten from the pentatonic scale.

The pentatonic scale is a 5 tones scale. So for one to riff successfully,  one has to master this scale and be able to manipulate the tones that makes up the scale.

The Pentatonic scale is gotten from the major scale by excluding the 4th and 7th tone of the major scale.

For Instance,  the major scale of key C is C D E F G A B but the pentatonic scale of Key C is C D E G A or A C D E G.

The example above can be used to get the pentatonic scale on any key.

One good thing about riffing especially with the pentatonic scale is that you can arrange the notes and tone anyhow you love it.

You can also get the pentatonic scale by using your solfa notation (Do, Re, Mi, Fah, Soh, Lah, Ti, )

Pentatonic scale – Lah Do Re Mi So

Assignment On How To Riff – Pentatonic Scale

Use the word “may” to run through the notes of the pentatonic scale back and forth. Start slowly and then gradually increase your speed. Try it on different keys.

 

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