Keys for Pentatonic Scales

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.
Then 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".

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...

Hover over the questions for the answer.

Q1. A Key tells you which_______ and _______sound good together? Scales (notes) and Chords

Q2. The First _____ of a song should match the Root Note of a Scale? Chord Name

Q3. The Root Note of an A Minor Pentatonic Scale is? A

Q4. The Root Note of an E Flat Major Pentatonic Scale is? E Flat

Q5. Some Root Notes can be a Letter Name or a Letter with a _____ or _____? Sharp or Flat

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