Learn About Root Notes for Pentatonic Scales

Learning about Root Notes

We learned that the fretboard has notes that can have a letter or a letter with a sharp and a flat.

A Root Note is the first note in a Pentatonic Scale. It also gives the name of that scale.

For example: If you're playing a "C Minor Pentatonic Scale, the Root Note is "C".
Look at the fretboard chart below and find all the "Cs". Each one can be a Root Note.

Another example: If your playing a "B Flat Major Pentatonic Scale, the Root note is B Flat.
Look at the fretboard chart below and find all the "B Flats". Each one can be a Root Note.

One more example: If your playing a "C Sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale, the Root note is C Sharp.
Look at the fretboard chart below and find all the "C Sharps". Each one can be a Root Note.

The most important thing to remember is, a Root Note is the first note of a Pentatonic Scale.

Pentatonic Scale Guitar Solo Trainer Fretboard Chart
Some frets have a Sharp and a Flat in them and some just have a letter.
sharp and flat

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

Q 1. The Root note of a C Flat Minor Pentatonic Scale is?

Q 2. The Root Note of an F Sharp Major Pentatonic Scale is?

Q 3. The Root Note of an A Minor Pentatonic Scale is?

Q 4. The Root Note of an E Flat Major Pentatonic Scale is?

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