A five-note scale. If melodies are constructed from a pentatonic scale they can be played simultaneously. For example, the notes C D E G A form a pentatonic scale as do the notes F G A C D and G A B D E.
In music, a pentatonic scale is a scale with five notes per octave. Pentatonic scales are very common and are found all over the world, including but not limited to the tuning of the Ethiopian krar and the Indonesian gamelan, the melodies of Chinese folk music, African-American spirituals, Celtic folk music, Polish highlanders from the Tatra Mountains and the music of French composer Claude Debussy.