The minor pentatonic is the ultimate guitar scale, but it can get stale quickly. Here are 5 ways to get more from it

Stevie Ray Vaughan live onstage in NYC, 1983, playing his number one Stratocaster
(Image credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

The minor pentatonic scale is without a doubt one of the most popular scales within a guitarist’s toolkit. 

From the early blues and rock and roll of the ’40s and ’50s, through to the psychedelic sounds of the swinging ’60s; the classic rock of the ’70s and ’80s, to ’90s alternative rock and Britpop; continuing throughout most guitar genres of the 2000s onwards, the minor pentatonic scale has always had a place in popular music. 

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Simon Barnard

Simon is a graduate of the UK's Academy of Contemporary Music and The Guitar Institute, and holds a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.