If you know any scales, chances are you know how to play the minor pentatonic scale for guitar.
But which famous solos actually use this scale? Which ones are the best to learn?
Here are 4 solos that primarily use the minor pentatonic scale (with a few embellishments from other scales and triads) that are great fun to play and learn.
#1 Californication (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Californication has a great clean sounding solo that’s simple yet effective. As an added bonus, it’ll help you work on your bends and a few nice, slow pentatonic runs to incorporate in your own solos.
#2 Black Magic Woman (Carlos Santana)
If you want to work on your phrasing, look no further than this massive guitar solo masquerading as a song by the pentatonic king, Carlos Santana.
It can be tricky to nail his rhythms exactly, so focus on getting his style rather than a note-perfect replication of the guitar solos (there are two in total).
#3 Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N’ Roses)
Slash is a master of achieving a lot with the minor pentatonic scale, and Welcome to the Jungle has a very fun solo to learn and master.
There’s a bit of speed to some of this one, but the real challenge is in getting the smooth tone that has become Slash’s signature.
#4 Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
One of the definitive guitar solos of all time, Jimmy Page‘s Stairway solo is full of awesome pentatonic licks to incorporate into your solos.
There are some big bends, pull-offs, fast triplet bends and even some metal-esque trills, so even learning 20% of this solo will give you heaps of ideas for your own solos.
Have you played any other minor pentatonic solos that you think should have made the cut? Let us know in the comments below!