People that don’t know anything about guitar often put the instrument on a pedestal, assuming that only absolute masters are able to play it and they are probably not equipped with the necessary skills that would allow them to reach that level of playing. However, a surprising fact is that a lot of the music that you listen to is actually based on one scale: The pentatonic scale.
Most scales have seven notes, at least as far as western music is concerned. The pentatonic scale, however, has fiver notes. This makes it a simpler scale than the major and minor scales, but it has a lot more applications because of the fact that it is so simple. It removes a lot of the denser and more characteristic notes of a scale, thus giving it a far more neutral sound. Adding the pentatonic scale, especially the minor pentatonic scale, to your guitar practice routine will unleash your true potential as a guitar player.
If you are skeptical about how much a single scale can do for you, you should know that some of the greatest songs in history have been played using this scale. The most iconic guitar solo ever made, Stairway to Heaven, was played using a simple A minor pentatonic scale. The same goes for Comfortably Numb, and a wide variety of other rock hits. Learning this scale will give you the skills you need to tackled these amazing solos, and if you are well versed enough in this scale at a certain point you might gain the ability to create incredible solos of your own. This scale is the key to your musical future as long as you use it the right way and learn how it can be applied.