The Secret Notes of the Pentatonic Scale

The Pentatonic scale is one of the most utilized scales in music. It can be heard in nearly every culture of music around the world and has served as the framework for countless riffs and licks across many genres.

A pentatonic scale, as the name implies, is made up of five notes. However, playing a few tasty non-pentatonic notes from outside of the scale can transform a solo.

In his new lesson video—"The Secret Notes Of The Pentatonic Scale"—guitar instructor Robert Baker introduces some interesting applications of the pentatonic scale and how to incorporate choice notes to play “outside” like a pro.

You can check out the video below, and the grab the tabs for the lesson right here.

For more of Robert’s lessons, visit his YouTube channel.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.