How to Place Moveable Box Patterns on the Fretboard

What are the Box Patterns?

Now that we know what Keys, Root Notes and Box Patterns are, we can figure where to place them on the fretboard to make good sounding guitar solos!

Look at the picture below showing the 5 Pentatonic Scale, Moveable Patterns, and the Fretboard Chart.
Pentatonic Scale Box Patterns and Fretboard
(Pentatonic Scale Moveable Box Patterns and Fretboard)

Each one of the Box Patterns has a special red Root Note hole.
That Root Note hole will line up with the Root Note of the fretboard that you want.
Remember the Key will tell you which to choose.

The picture below shows Pattern #1 placed on the Fretboard Chart with "C" Root Notes showing through each red "Root Note Hole". If the song starts with a "C" Chord the Root Note is a "C". It is easy to place the pattern correctly using this method!
This is one area of the Fretboard for the C Minor Pentatonic Scale. It is between the Zero fret (or) nut to the 4th fret. You can play any or all of the notes in the scale. Rember the thick "E" string is pictured at the bottom.

Pentatonic Scale Box Patterns and Fretboard
(Pentatonic Box Pattern 1 of 5 from the Kit.)

A Little Quiz...

Hover over the questions for the answer.

Q1. To figure the correct area of the fretboard, you need to know the first chord in a song and the _______? Root Note

Q2. The Red holes marks what note of the Scale? Root Note

Q3. To play a solo you can use any or _________notes of the pattern? All

Q4. The thick "E" string is pictured on the __________? Bottom

Q5. How many moveable patterns are there? Five

Let's learn how to move the Box Patterns...Click Here.


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