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Learning The Fretboard

Dave switches gears and focuses on theoretical concepts. In this lesson he explains different ways to gain knowledge of the fretboard.

Taught by Dave Weiner in Dave Weiner Artist Series seriesLength: 10:09Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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gdromangdroman replied

LOVED this lesson - these are the kind of simple, practical, useful tips I really need. It's helping already as I discover "weak" spots in my fretboard note recognition. Thank you!

simpsodasimpsoda replied

Very upbeat, instruction. I like the concept to be able to play more creatively using theory rather than being limited using an approach of memorizing chords... Reminds me of when I was learning cooking. At first it was a process of tediously following recipes. Eventually I knew what combinations would go together and that opened up a new level of creativity. mice and gopher guts. etc.. you get the idea. really delish lesson. Thank you.

rarebird0rarebird0 replied

Effen A

kevindneesekevindneese replied

Would be great of the audio didn't cut out about 3 minutes into the lesson. Don't know what's going on but every lesson is doing that. I know it's not my internet because I don't have this problem on Guitar Tricks at all.

grburgessgrburgess replied

I try to think of all the notes in as many different ways as possible, from circle of fourths, to octave patterns, from chromatics, and also just from brute force of memorizing all of the places of a single note every day, and it seems to be helping me rapidly. It also seems to help to know all of your intervals, and all of your key signatures as well, so for example, you know that in the key of B you're dealing with 5 sharps, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, and A# and what scale degree each tone is. So that when you are looking for a 5th, you know it's an F#, and when you are talking about the 4th, you already know that it's E. It's boring to learn all this stuff, but after plowing through it, I find that it has really helped me to unlock the fretboard. I also use simple arithmetic, knowing that the same note 1 string down will be 5 half steps. So if you are on the G on 6th string for example, the next G will be 10 fret on the 5th string. Because if you count down 3 frets, you run out of space on the A string, so then you go up to the 12 fret and continue down for another 2 frets. You can also just add 12 to the note on the same string and know that it will be on the 15th fret. It will help you to know that anything beyond the 10th fret won't be repeated if you only have 22 frets, since you've run out of frets. This really helps to remind me of intervals, if I go down 3 frets to the next string to know that that would be 2 semi-tones higher. Since the same place at the same fret would be 5 semi-tones higher, and I subtracted 2, I'd be left at 2 semitiones higher. Just remember to adjust between the 2nd and 3rd strings, which are only 4 semitones (minor third) apart.

papapaulrockspapapaulrocks replied

This is sooo simple yet soooo effective! Thank you Dave!

gregygregy replied

thats just what im working on. im trying to learn just just notes or shapes but knowing how they interact in a way that more then just a shape and sound. im trying to use the circle of fifths to learn my fifths fourths but what do you think about learning the thirds as well. what do you think about using the circle to make note relationships?

prs-ronprs-ron replied

thumbs up. say what you play.

jzbass1025jzbass1025 replied

Dave's teaching is amazing, jamplay is amazing and I think it just got Dave another private student!

Molly_BellMolly_Bell replied

I can't begin to express my gratitude in words.

projectk2r4projectk2r4 replied

One other thing I did that helped a lot, do it when you don't have your guitar. I used to drive down the road reciting the notes on the dots on each string both across and down the neck. You have to visualize the neck in your head to do it, so it still works and you can do it when you don't have a guitar in your hands.

elsampleelsample replied

There is so much to learn on this site. This is a great lesson. Much needed by me. Thanks.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied

This was worth the watch! Excellent Dave!

craigdahlingercraigdahlinger replied

wow, this is one of the most helpful lesson yet! Thanks Dave!

caped crusadercaped crusader replied

Very helpful lesson - and a good motivator for me to spend more time learning the fretboard during practice.

mennomenno replied

This is a good and valuable lesson indeed.

WheelerWheeler replied

Nice lesson

SodaPopSodaPop replied

Like the home base licks idea.

hgb8956hgb8956 replied

Right on Dave, you have to know where the fingers are and where they can go on the board. This is what i'm working on now.

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Melodic Playing And MotifsLesson 5

Melodic Playing And Motifs

Dave talks about turning repetition into melodic playing and how to start using motifs in your playing.

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Learning The FretboardLesson 6

Learning The Fretboard

Dave switches gears and focuses on theoretical concepts. In this lesson he explains different ways to gain knowledge of the fretboard.

Length: 10:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The CAGED SystemLesson 7

The CAGED System

Dave shows you a way to find and learn the notes on the fretboard using the CAGED system. He then shows you how he would practice using the CAGED system.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Transitional CAGED Based LicksLesson 8

Transitional CAGED Based Licks

Dave shows you how to advance your fretboard knowledge by creating licks that bridge the CAGED shapes.

Length: 12:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Open String LicksLesson 9

Open String Licks

Dave continues teaching how to master the fretboard by teaching open string licks.

Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Intervallic Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner explains how to avoid sounding scalar. He shows how to jump around the scale and not just play sequentially.

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