Learn About Keys for Pentatonic Scales

Pentatonic Scale Guitar Solo Trainer

Learning about Keys

A Key tells you which scales (or notes) sound good with certain chords.
We just learned that a Root Note is the first note of a Scale and also names the scale. Root Notes can be a Letter or a Letter with a Sharp or Flat...never a number or other symbol.

By knowing your Root Note you can match it with the name of a Chord. Now you can put a Scale together with a Chord and make a Key!

By knowing the name of the First Chord in your song, it will tell you the matching Root Note!

For example: If the first chord in your song is an "A", the Root Note will be "A".
If the first chord in your song is a "C9", the Root Note will be "C". If the first chord in your song is a "B Flat Minor 7", the Root Note will be "B Flat".
A chord
C9 Chord
B flat minor 7 chord
If you're not sure what the sharps and flats mean, click here for a quick explanation.

So, how do: Root Notes, Keys and Chords, connect to playing Pentatonic Scales in your solos?

Take the little quiz and let's move on!

A little quiz. (mouse over question for answer.)

Q 1. A Key tells you which (blank) and (blank) sound good together?

Q 2. The First (blank) of a song should match the Root Note of a Scale?

Q 3. The Root Note should match the letter name of (blank) in a Key

Q 4. The notes are the same at which frets?

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