One of the most common and popular scales in all the world is the pentatonic. This simple scale consists of notes
1,2,3,5 and 6 from the major scale - a five note scale - hence, penta-tonic. You can find it all over the world from
China, to Texas to Peru.
Many popular country artists like the Dixie Chicks will create instrumental (and vocal) lines by simply running up
and down a pentatonic scale. This simple effect can really hit the button!
Here's a scale running downwards:
and back up again:
Put the two together and the melody will be familiar to any Dixie Chicks fan.