Hi everyone in Cyber Space,
Now that I have been teaching guitar, sight-reading, and theory I have come to realize that, more beginner and intermediate students haven't unlocked the guitar neck. Knowing the notes on the guitar neck is the real key when it comes to Scales, Site Reading, and Harmony/Theory. Ever wonder how the best of the best come up with the guitar lines and killer parts! We'll its unlocking the guitar neck and knowing where to place notes, scales, and intervals in the key of a song.(i.e.) in the Key of C one can play a C Major Scale. The scale is: C D E F G A B C. If you know the notes on your guitar fretboard than this scale is very easy to find in all positions.
Step 1: I review the open strings with my students. In standard tuning the open string
6th string = Low E, 5th String = A, 4th String = D, 3rd string = G, 2nd String = B,
Step 2: The next step is to know how the Sharp and flats work on the guitar strings. Here I teach a little physics. Going toward the guitar pickups on electric, or Body of the guitar the strings get shorter when going up the fretboard of the guitar.
Step 3: Sharps on the guitar go up the fretboard. The reason is that the strings are getting shorter. Note: Here I'm only playing one string at a time.
Step 4: The next step I teach my students is to name me all the sharp (#) notes using one string. First I start them on the Low and High E strings. The reason is, that the Low and High E strings have the same sharp notes. The only difference is the thickness of the strings. Low E string is wound thicker for more bass/bottom end. High E string is thinner for more treble.
Step 5: Now all we do is name the notes. Let us start on the Low E string.
Open = E, 1st fret = F, 2nd fret = F#, 3rd fret = G, 4th fret = G#, 5th Fret = A ,
6th fret =A#,7th Fret = B, 8th Fret = B#/C, 9th fret = C#, 10th Fret = D, 11th Fret = D#,
12th fret =E
NOTE: On the 8th fret B# is correct, but to simplify the fretboard it called ( C ) the reason being that you get into some theory and inharmonic. This get's very complex. So we just call it ( C ). knowing this let us continue.
Step 6: Everything after the 12th fret repeats the same notes as fret 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 etc
Here is a graph I made up and give all my students. The way the Graph works is. The number of the frets is on top in black. it will say: FRT 1,2,3,4,5 etc. OP = Open strings. For full size of guitar neck graph click on the picture.
Next month Unlocking the Guitar Neck Part 2.