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The Most Used Scale On The Guitar By Far The Pentatonic Guitar Scale

By Eric Ford

When it comes to playing guitar there are a couple of things you absolutely can’t live without. The Pentatonic Scale is certainly one of those things. The most used scale on the guitar by far. In fact pros and guitar gods alike have been using this scale for decades to play many of the classic solos we all love.

There are so many reasons why this scale rocks as hard as it does. There’s not really any styles you can’t wail out in if you know how to use this puppy properly. Awesome isn’t? Easy scale to play loads of styles!

Off course you would want to learn other things like arpeggios and other scales but using the pentatonic as a foundation will serve you extremely well. Also make sure you learn which notes you can bend because that will add a whole new realm to the scale.

The pentatonic scale is very easy to play as the notes are organized into boxes that fit perfectly under the fingers. Make sure you get familiar with all the patterns so you can move freely between them. But be careful of falling into the trap of trying to learn them all before you know how to use at least 1 or 2 shapes.

Below you will see five images, one for each shape of the Minor Pentatonic. They all fit perfectly within each other.

These are the boxes of the Major Pentatonic Scale. Also known as the CAGED system. Still based on the open chord shapes only this time they’re all major.

Except for the root notes these patterns are exactly the same. Great news because you don’t actually have to learn any new shapes. Just changing the root notes results in a totally different formula of how the notes are laid out on the guitar.

One more bonus about the Minor Pentatonic Scale is that it’s hard to play a wrong note. In fact if you learn how to use it properly you can make every note sound awesome! Spending some time learning which notes you can bend from and into will give you the added advantage of really nailing the changes and the chord tones.

Another great thing about this scale is it has a real wide and open sound to it. Because it only has five notes it sounds a lot more open than the counterpart seven note scales, which has a far more dense sound. You should also learn the classic lines whether it’s a rock lick or a blues lick, make sure you get the basic vocabulary down and then go and experiment and have fun.

To learn more about this phenomenal scale be sure to visit This blog is dedicated to the legacy of the Pentatonic Guitar Scale, and you will find loads of great lead guitar lessons.

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