A Root Note is the first note in your scale, and tells you which note to line up your Patterns.
For instance, the Root Note of the C Minor Pentatonic Scale is a “C” Note.
“A” is the Root Note of the A Minor Pentatonic Scale.
“F” is the Root Note of the F Minor Pentatonic Scale and so on.
If you know your Root Note or the Key your band is playing in, you can line up the Pattern Guides on that particular note on the Fret Board Chart using the Red Root note on the Pattern Guide. Each Pattern Guide has the Root Notes marked in red. A Root Note could also be a note that has a Sharp or a Flat. For instance, the “C#” Minor Pentatonic Scale has a “C#” as its Root Note.
Placing a Pattern Guide on the Fret Board Chart
Let’s randomly choose the C Minor Pentatonic Scale. You know now that the Root Note is a “C”. Take “Pattern Guide 1” and put it on the Fret Board Chart with “C”s showing in the two Red Root Note holes—between the Nut (white notes on the Fret Board Chart) and fret 4 (pictured below). Now each hole on each string and fret are good for playing the C Minor Pentatonic Scale in that area! You can play any or all the notes in your solo. If you have the kit’s audio CD, or if you have a backing track in the Key of “C” or C Minor, you can try out the pattern.
Watch the Root Notes Video:
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