im looking at the C minor Scale here

http://www.e-chords.com/escalas.asp

what are the red dots ? im sure they play a crucial role in structuring something around the scale.
Red dots are the root note C
those are other places on the fretboard where you can find the C. hope that helps
can you explain what root is more ? i've heard of before, but how would i use it in say soloing etc.
The root note is where the scale "starts". If the scale is C-minor, the root is gonna be C.

You'll start the pattern for a minor scale on the root note. so in a c-minor case, you'd start on the c, and play whatever pattern you use for a minor scale.
Last edited by avh9911 at Apr 13, 2008,
well, considering its a C scale, the root will be C. All the notes will go off of that one, and it gives you a point where you can start a pattern for the scale.

Since a C natural minor goes C - D - Eb - F - G - Ab - Bb - C, you can see that the root note, C, encompasses the rest.

For a D natural minor, D is the root note.