Learning The Fretboard – Lesson 42 Brian Haner Sr. 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!