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Week 3: 5th Interval Note Relationships (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Week 3: 5th Interval Note Relationships

In week 3 of this 6 week program, Chris demonstrates how the 5th interval can be used to determine the location of various notes on the fretboard.

Taught by Chris Liepe in 6 Week Note Memorization Program seriesLength: 8:36Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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grburgessgrburgess replied on April 24th, 2015

I don't think that it was mentioned, but it's also important that when you go backwards the fifth becomes a fourth and viceversa. So, A is the fourth of E, and E is the fifth of A. For another example, G is the fifth of C, but C is the fourth of G, so the order is important. And they are perfect intervals, so they are in each other's major scale. The interval and it's inversion always add up to 9. So, a third inverted is a 6th, but major third becomes minor 6th.

KringKring replied on August 27th, 2014

Really good lesson, I made this supplemental to help me memorize the 5th relationships on 5th & 6th String. still on lesson 3 at the moment. but 1-3 and only 2 weeks of practice has been a big help in understand how the guitar is designed, I'm more of a mechanical person and less of an art person so this method is really making sense to me now. A - E (Wholes) A# - F (*Odd ball) B - F# (*Odd ball) C - G (Wholes) C# - G# (Sharps) D - A (Wholes) D# - A# (Sharps) E - B (Wholes) F - C (Wholes) F# - C# (Sharper) G - D (Wholes) G# - D# (Sharps)

MonetMonet replied on January 31st, 2013

I think I misunderstood, you were starting on the 5th octive, going back to the root A....

MonetMonet replied on January 31st, 2013

am I correct in saying that the interval is not the fifth, but the fourth, when done off of the fourth string?

gharringtongharrington replied on January 13th, 2012

Chris, other than the highly valuable goal of memorizing the location of 1-5 notes relationships on fretboard, is there another transcending and perhaps more practical reason to tie tonic and 5ths together in our minds? For example, it was big revelation to learn the 1,3, & 5 always make up a major chord.....or am I looking for something extra that isn't there?

grburgessgrburgess replied on April 24th, 2015

Most of the time the bass player wants to play the root and 5th of the chord. But for big extended chords, where you don't have enough fingers to play al the tones, the 5th is the most expendable and the first tone to be dropped.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 18th, 2012

well, for the purposes of this series, its really about learning the notes. But the 1-5 relationship makes up all power chords you hear in almost every rock/pop style song. So knowing how to play and use those all over the neck is a huge tool!

jam_play_guitarjam_play_guitar replied on August 7th, 2011

Chris....This lesson really putting "meat on the bone". You have moved from basic octive pattern (lesson 1 ,2 ) to 5th patten(this lesson)....rock and roll is coming alive. great Job. Smartdog

SodaPopSodaPop replied on August 4th, 2011

the volume seems a little lower on this one for chris

6 Week Note Memorization Program

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Chris will guide you through this 6 week guitar note memorization program dedicated to help commit them to memory.



Lesson 1

Week 1: 6th String Octave Relationships

Welcome to week 1 of this 6 week program! This lesson covers all of the 6th string octave relationships found across the fretboard.

Length: 14:57 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Week 2: 5th String Octave Relationships

Chris demonstrates the same note memorization technique used in the week 1 lesson. This time around, octave relationships are based on the 5th string.

Length: 8:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Week 3: 5th Interval Note Relationships

In week 3 of this 6 week program, Chris demonstrates how the 5th interval can be used to determine the location of various notes on the fretboard.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Week 4: 1st and 2nd string Octave Relationships

Chris moves the octave relationship to the 1st and 2nd strings, which will cause you to think backwards to find the correct note.

Length: 8:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Week 5: 5th Interval-Strings 1, 2, and 3

Welcome to lesson 5 in this 6 week series! Chris demonstrates the same 5th interval technique used in lesson 3. This time he applies it to strings 1, 2, and 3.

Length: 4:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Week 6: Single Note Practice Drill

Welcome to the final week in this 6 week series! Chris demonstrates a great practice tool to apply everything you have learned in this series.

Length: 4:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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