Sunday, January 22, 2012

When I first decided I wanted to learn to play guitar, I had no idea what I was getting into! I started taking lessons: classical, jazz, you name it. The years went by, but one thing remained constant: not one of my teachers -many of them top-notch, world renowned guitar players- was able to give me a method for memorizing note on the fretboard, other than saying:
"Well, play every note, fret by fret,
string by string, saying their names, until you've memorized them."
No mention of trying to understand what the heck was going on!
Here's what I found out -every guitar method published (ok, most) has a guitar fretboard diagram that looks like this:

Fretboard Chart 1:
This shows fret by fret note correlation for each string:
The whole thing repeats, one octave up, after fret 12
Or you might find a guitar fretboard chart that looks like this (exact same thing, but with less information, since it says nothing of specific pitch "height"):
guitar fretboard diagram
Fretboard Chart 2:
Same thing, replacing the staves for note names
This is not new. You can find many versions of this guitar fretboard chart on the web, even programs that will help you learn where each note is -again- by rote.

This information has been available since the early 1800s 
Talk about novelty and innovation!
There are a myriad variations, but the basic concept is the same. After all, if you can see all the notes on this , that should be enough to understand it fully... right?
Well, not quite... Let's it this way: if you don't understand all the underlying relationships withinthat fretboard diagram, you're not likely to have learned much, if anything at all (at a practical level- what you really need) from it.

Hope u enjoy the Post ")   see ya  soon ...  RockON!

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