I'm 5 years into playing guitar. I've become fluid at moving through positions/scales whether playing pentatonic, full diatonic or a combination of the two. Several articles I've read claim that targeting chord tones when soloing is what separates the pros from the amateurs. Doing so they claim is what can turn bland, repetitive sounding solos into masterful works of art. I'm certainly not at that point yet. I do however find myself landing on or bending to and holding notes that sound good to my ears. I'll often stop and check the note I've held or bent to and find that it is indeed a note of an underlying chord. My question is.....do you experienced guitarists target underlying chord tones consciously or has your ear developed to a point where you do this without even thinking?