Learning The Fretboard – Lesson 42

About Learning The Fretboard – Lesson 42

Level: Intermediate

Learning The Fretboard – Lesson 42

In this lesson we show you a couple of exercises that will help you master the fretboard.

Syn’s Tips

These exercises are great to know for so many reasons. I’ll give you a couple then you guys can add some in the “comments” section on this page.

1) This will give you a head start in reading music. Guitar players are notorious for not being able to read music and if you are one of the few that can, more gigs will come your way and you will develop a reputation in the industry as someone who can read. This will get you REALLY far in your career!

2) Knowing your fretboard will allow you to find chords a lot faster. If the music calls for a C major chord, but the piano and bass player are covering the lower sounding notes or the lower “register”, you would want to accentuate the music by playing the chord on the higher pitched strings and knowing where a C note is located on the 3rd string to start your chord, is a very useful tool. The band will also really appreciate your ability to add dynamic to the song rather than only being able to play one type of chord.

Can anyone add to this? We would love to hear your tips and tricks for understanding and applying these concepts in the "Lesson Comments" section below!

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JOHN WOMACK
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JOHN WOMACK I'm wondering if a person already can play and name any note on the guitar, would they still benefit from going through this with the circle of 5ths or 4ths. I can go up, pick a note and get the name fairly quickly.
John Tierney
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John Tierney A way I sort of learned the fretboard is not by memorizing every individual note but I learned tunings. I noticed that if you look at the whole thing, other tunings are there, hence why we say full step down etc. An example being the 10th fret across is D standard and fret 7 is B standard etc so if this is more your kind of learning I learned the tunings belonging to each respected fret and kind of anchor a spot that you know and go from there. Hope this helps and isn’t too confusing
John Tierney
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John Tierney https://youtu.be/sPqeLOJNnh4 My video on what I mean so hope it helps 🙂
Hans Viggo Koren
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Hans Viggo Koren I am so glad I have discovered this school! The way you teach and how it's all set up, it's just amazing! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I know this will help me take my playing to the next level, and the next and the next. Just what I've been lookin for, for years!:)
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Awesome, Hans! Glad you are learning!!!
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