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Guitar Lesson 1
Guitar Fretboard and strings
The image below is a picture of the guitar
fretboard. 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.
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.
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 and color should be memorized. You may have noticed that there are two E strings? One is the Low
E which is the Red E and 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
You should now know what 6 strings E
A D G B and E make up the
It is vital to know every note on the fretboard and that
will be covered in the next lesson. Here's a link to the
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:
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.
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 guitar lessons 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
Once all the notes are filled
circle all the A C D E and G
notes these are the notes of Am
pentatonic scale 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
but you can review it.
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 as it is used in practically all types of music. Listen how the lead guitar part is played over the
Am, F and G progression above. This is the object of playing the guitar, that is being able to play with other
instruments. This is what our CD ROM is all about, we will teach you how to properly use the scales and chords
together. This is a must for both the acoustic and electric guitar player.
will now cover the fretboard notes and placement.
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