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Without having ever done the math, I would say that at least 90% of classic rock lead guitar is played with the notes from the minor pentatonic and blues scales. The pentatonic scale consists of 5 notes and the blues scale adds one extra. Then you can repeat those 6 notes in different octaves and places on the neck, and and there's no limit to how far you can take this sound.

But there are also other scales and sounds you can throw in with the basic pentatonic sound, in order to change it up and create a more exotic or jazzy sound from time to time. In this tutorial we'll explore some of those. We won't focus on the full scale patterns, since most of the notes repeat anyway. Instead we'll just go straight to the new interesting notes within our pentatonic scale pattern, and explore those in a rock context.