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Guitar Fretboard and strings

The image below is a picture of the guitar fretboard and strings. To understand how this diagram works, you need to hold the guitar out in front of you. The strings on the guitar should be directed towards your face. This view should be the exact view that the image below depicts. Look at the image below and visualize that the picture is your guitar facing you.


Each dot on the guitar fretboard represents the different frets on the guitar, look below. The first dot is on the 3rd fret, the second dot is on the 5th fret, the third dot is on the 7th fret and so on all the way up the fretboard. Most guitars will have these dots, but some may not.

Guitar Fretboard

E A D G B E. These are the 6 strings that make up the guitar. Notice the colors, each string has its own color. these colors will be illustrated on some images to help learn the  strings and with placement of the notes to the particular string. Each string should be memorized. You may have noticed that there are two E strings? One is the Low E which is the Red E and is the largest string, look above. The other E string is the High E string which is the thinnest string, check that string out. Each string is at times referenced by number in our lessons. These numbers are standard throughout the industry and they are as follows:

High E string 1st string Thinnest
B string 2nd string
G string  3rd string
D string 4th string
A string  5th string
Low E 6th string Fattest

You should now know what 6 strings E A D G B and E make up the guitar.

It’s vital to know every note on the fretboard and that will be covered in the next lesson. Here’s a link to the blank illustrations of the guitar fretboard, you will use these illustrations to fill in all the notes of the fretboard. Click on the blank illustration link above, print out these illustrations and have them handy to fill in each note as you study the following lessons. Then return back to this page.

    Guitar lesson Assignments:

  • In our next lesson, you will use the illustrations you’ve printed out to fill in all the notes of the fretboard, ascending. Review the guitar notes lesson and study each note placement on the guitar fretboard. As you study the guitar notes chapter, have some blank illustrations handy and begin to fill in the notes along the fretboard.
  • Once all the notes are filled in, circle all the A, C, D, E and G notes. These are the notes of Am pentatonic scale that we will be learning later down the road.
  • Once you study the next lesson, try to fill in all the notes from memory.
  • Begin to memorize the A and C note positions on the guitar fretboard.
  • Since this is our first lesson, I’m not overly concerned with guitar tuning, but you can review it.
  • Here’s an original guitar progression without lead guitar original song. I have written out the tablature for it and it will be coming up in lesson 7 or so. The chords used in this progression are the Am, F and G, so pay particular attention to those chords in the open position chord chapter. You can play this progression with both the acoustic or electric guitar. Lead guitar has been added to this progression below.
  • Listen to our slow song beefed up a little for the electric guitar. This lead guitar part is played using the Am pentatonic scale, root note fret. The root note fret is the 5th fret for Am pentatonic. The pentatonic scale is one of the most important scales to learn, this guitar scale is used in practically all types of music. Listen how the lead guitar part is played over the Am, F and G progression above.
  • Lesson 2 will now cover the fretboard notes and placement.

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