Learn Box Patterns for Pentatonic Scales

How to Place Moveable Box Patterns on the Fretboard

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 moveable patterns with 5 box patterns

Each one of the Box Patterns have a special red Root Note hole. That Root Note hole will line up with the 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 Guitar Solo Trainer fretboard and pattern

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

Q 1. To figure the correct area of the fretboard, you need to know the first chord in a song and the (blank)?

Q 2. The Red holes marks what note of the Scale?

Q 3. To play a solo you can use any or (blank) notes of the pattern?

Q 4. The thick "E" string is pictured on the (blank)?

Q 5. How many moveable patterns are there?

Ready to move on? Learn about moving up the Fretboard!