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Fretboard Knowledge

Posted on July 1, 2011

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  • September 14, 2011

    aka shredder

    I ddnt get it…it is sooo complicated tht it is nt getting in to mah head..i hv been playing guitar through 6 years ..nw i have created mah own band nd m the lead guitarist …i want to create mah own solos like michek angelo batio ,like slash,joe sastriyani..eric johnson…please help me out

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  • October 11, 2011


    My life is cluttered with different shades of blue that collide into each other with no seeming purpose except to cause turmoil. I need to learn to gently bend the different shades of blues to a soothing brew instead of dramatic explosions like the tail of the space shuttle. Blue can be calming to a point where blues
    blues!!! you feel as if you have been sedated. It can also take you to a dangerous place where there is seemingly no return. The irony is that it is a similar reverberation that will guide you on a safe return to that slow mellow place that reflects massage with a warm almond oil. I want to be able to make this happen with six strings connected to a hand crafted piece of wood.

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  • November 22, 2011


    Great balance of concept as it relates to teaching one to understand various scale, chord and tonal relations on the fretboard. Particularly pleased to note that your emphasis is not on memorization but visualizing tangible relationships that ultimately give a student a great area in which to grow.

    Finally you win the prize by elevating feeling and a type of playing from the inside out. It is much like a language you speak fluently without always understanding its meaning and not being confined by a lack of vocabulary. Definitely keep the magic in music, and allow the theory and analytics to be tools not the highest goal of achievement. They are absolutely critical in getting a student prepared to experience true growth in improvisation and a real gift of expression.

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  • January 30, 2013

    mojo jojo silva

    How do you memorize all of this? I’m trying to learn the fret board and scales, There has to be a technique of some sort to learn all of this. Can you all give me a hand? I gotz the blues!! got to get over the hump. Thanks and like Carlos would say, let the music set you free!! Love it, God Bless

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  • January 31, 2013

    Mark Deffebach

    I agree with the author. Back in the 80’s I mapped 24 frets worth of major, ascending melodic minor, and harmonic minor scales so I could see how all the scales and chords and arpegios and licks that I knew fit into a bigger picture. Currently I am working on smaller pictures of how various modes, scales, etc fit into any area I can reach from where I am, as I read jazz lead sheets playing gigs on upright bass with more accomplished musicians in Dallas. By doing this, I learn the sounds of various chords as defined by the symbols and also I learn what various note options are available and how they sound with the chord even though they are not specifically spelled out. Knowing various sounds and how they “feel” really opened up my playing.

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  • February 14, 2013


    I am just getting started playing guitar again after many years of focusing on my other instruments. Thanks for setting up this page and all your videos. I am looking forward to getting my guitar chops back in shape!

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  • May 27, 2013


    This is such a simple method that anyone can get it. I just never really through about it like this. Thanks so much for making this course! It’s helped a ton.

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  • September 9, 2013


    Hi Claude I don’t know if you can help me, I’ve bought heaps of Guitar Control DVDs to play lead guitar I’ve also bought some of your lead stuff too. I can name and find all the notes up to the 12th fret, i can do the basic scales, but!!!! I still can’t work out how to play any rifts to our church songs, where and when to play them in the song and what note to finish on to go back into the song?? Please help me or do you think I should go have lessons???

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  • October 14, 2013


    Can I just say what a comfort to discover a person that
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    about over the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it
    important. More people must check this out and understand this side of your story.
    I was surprised that you’re not more popular given that you surely possess the gift.

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