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Watch the Building Custom Pentatonic Scales online guitar lesson by David Wallimann from Guitar DNA: Pentatonics

Building custom pentatonic scales will allow us to phrase using the simplicity of the pentatonic scale positions with the complexity of the modal harmony. There are two rules when building custom modal pentatonic scales:

1. Use only 5 notes
2. Include the characteristic note(s) within the new scale

Here are all the characteristic notes for the 6 commonly used modes:

Dorian: 6
Phrygian: b2
Aeolian: 2 + b6
Ionian: 4 + 7
Lydian: #4
Mixolydian: b7