The pentatonic scale can get a bad rap as a simple fallback scale to noodle on when the guitarist doesn’t really know what he/she is doing. Yes, it is true. The pentatonic scale has been abused to create way too much formless, meandering lead guitar nonsense. But, if looked at in different ways, the pentatonic scale can reveal some unusual sounds. For example, we can treat the pentatonic scale as a scale in itself, not as it relates to a major scale. To do this, instead of thinking of the major-pentatonic scale as consisting of the root, second, third, fifth, and sixth of the major scale, just think of C–D–E–G–A as the root, second, third, fourth, and fifth steps of the C major pentatonic scale. If we continue this scale for another octave, we can think of the next C–D–E–G–A (an octave above the first) as the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth steps of a two-octave major pentatonic scale.