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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 toward your face. This view should be the exact view that the image below depicts. Look a 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 and so on al the way up the fretboard. Most guitars have these dots, but some may not.

Guitar Fretboard

The numbers below the fretboard, are for quick reference for each fret and are numbered 1 through 19. Count the frets on your guitar, some guitars may have as many as 24 frets. Only 19 frets have been shown on the image above. Just a quick secret, all notes on a string repeat ever 12 frets. Every scale pattern also repeats ever 12 frets as well. We will learn more about this subject later as we progress in later chapters.

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 six strings that make up the guitar.

A minor pentatonic scale

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 is the High E string, this is the thinnest string, that string out. Each guitar string, is at times referenced by number in our lessons. These numbers are standard throughout the industry and 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

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