Guitar - General/Intervals


Hey this has been tearing at me for a while now.. can you explain to me which note on a scale the minor third refers to? For example, i'm trying to learn the minor pentatonic scale, which is this:

1 (root), b3 (minor 3rd), 4 (perfect 4th), 5 (perfect 5th) and b7 (minor 7th).

And the e minor pentatonic scale is: E, G, A, B, D, E

which note refers to what?? (eg. which note refers to the minor third?)

Thanks for any help you can give me..

Hi, Michael--

The (minor 3rd) refers to the interval between the root and the b3. In other words, the interval
between E and G is a minor third. Similarly, the interval between G and A is a perfect fourth and so on.

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