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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Shahryar Khan
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Shahryar Khan i dont understand the " c scale 7 times " section. what exactly do i have to practice and try to achieve?
Andrew Chung
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Andrew Chung These two drills are really useful for learning the notes. The scale drill is pretty rough but it's worthwhile. I found out from curiosity that doing it chromatically instead of diatonically only has two cycles instead of seven. Maybe useful in a different way if anyone really wants to go nuts with drills.
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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.
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