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Guitar Secrets covering the Guitar Fretboard
The image below is a picture of your guitar fretboard. To understand how this
diagram works, you need to hold the guitar out in front of you. The strings on the
guitar will 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 have these dots, but some may not.
The Numbers below the fretboard are for a quick reference for each fret and are numbered
1 through 19. Count the frets on your guitar, some guitars have as many as 24 frets. Only
19 frets have been shown on the picture above, but that's all we need for now. Just a quick
secret, every note on a string repeats itself every 12t frets. Every scale pattern also
repeats itself every 12 frets as well. We'll learn more about that later.
You may have noticed that there are 6 strings on the guitar. Each string is labeled on the
image above as E A D G B E. These are the 6 strings that make up the guitar.
You may have also 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 is the High E 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
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
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