Content includes: What scales to learn and how including Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes, and details to hundreds of popular songs. Content includes: What scales to learn and how including pentatonic and major scale patterns Guitar CAGED chord system including inversions and arpeggio patterns Guitar chord progressions and playing by numbers Nashville Number System Roots, keys and applying scales Understanding music modes and modal scales such as Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian Playing and using intervals including thirds, fifths and sixths Adding extensions such as "add 9," "suspended 4," and "major 7" Details to how hundreds of popular songs were played Not only does Fretboard Theory teach guitar music theory in a refreshing new manner, but it takes things a step farther by associating everything to your favorite songs. Pop, rock, acoustic, blues, metal and more! This new generation of guitar instruction is perfect whether you want to jam, compose or just understand the music you play better.

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Home Learn the Guitar Fretboard Learning the Guitar Fretboard The guitar fretboard is the area along the front side of the guitar neck that features inset fret wires, spaces, and inlaid markers.

Guitarists press strings down to the fretboard in order to change pitches. With a combination of vertical frets and horizontal strings, the fretboard is essentially a grid. With its horizontal strings and vertical frets, the guitar fretboard is a grid as seen in the diagram above.

When arranged and played on this fretboard grid, notes, scales, chords, and progressions make shapes and patterns. Guitarists visualize these shapes and patterns in order to navigate around the neck. Furthermore, guitarists understand how musical elements fit together by fitting their pieces together like a puzzle. In fact, you can build chords, compose chord progressions, and determine correct scales to play simply by relating to shapes and patterns, with little or no regard to key signatures, notes, sharps, and flats.

Even if you take the traditional route of thinking, you still have to translate the music concepts to the fretboard and connect the dots, so to speak. This is why guitarists usually prefer to make use of guitar tablature and neck diagrams over standard notation.

If you want to understand music as it pertains to guitar playing, then you need to develop a proper fretboard perspective. Getting to Know Fretboard Notes Many guitar players set out with a goal to memorize all the notes on the fretboard. You still need to make a connection between shapes and patterns and notes to some degree.

What most guitarists do is memorize the notes along the sixth and fifth strings since these strings are where most shapes and patterns originate. Octave shapes are used to trace notes on other strings back to the sixth and fifth strings where the note names are then identified.

Guitarists typically trace everything on the fretboard back to the notes along the 6th and 5th strings. Chords On the Fretboard Getting into the details of guitar chord construction involves learning about major scales, intervals, triads, arpeggios, and chord tones and extensions. All of these musical elements are worked out on the fretboard in the form of shapes and patterns.

Guitarists, more so than most other instrumentalists, know a chord by its shape rather than by its notes. Scales On the Fretboard Getting into the details of guitar scales involves learning pentatonic and major scale patterns, which are the base patterns guitar players rely on even when other types of scales are in use.

Guitar scales and modes are worked out on the fretboard and related to chords and progressions all in the form of patterns. Guitarists know scales more so by their patterns rather than by their notes. Progressions On the Fretboard When it comes to how chords relate to one another and how chords combine to make progressions, once again patterns and fretboard visualization come into play.

Chords form shapes, and progressions form patterns. Guitarists know chord changes more so by their numbered patterns rather than by their notes.


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