Fretboard Roadmap

Starting on Wednesday, April 26th at 8pm Eastern

Starting April 26th, 2017 and live each Wednesday at 8pm EST for the following 10 weeks. Archives will be available within a few hours of the conclusion of each course. This course will show you just how amazing the acoustic guitar can truly be.

With this course you will understand the true power of 3-on-a-string scales. They will help you map out and use your entire neck, train your ear, build your technique and best of all: have fun. Each week features a fun backing track to jam along with, exercises that build your skills and sound amazing to boot, and an understanding of how these scales can be used to your utmost benefit. Your guitar playing will never be the same after completing this course.

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About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week. We are bringing live, educational instruction into the next generation with this platform.

5,000 Lessons

In 2016, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams to your computer, in qualities as high as 1080p!

79 Instructors

Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

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Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!


Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

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Full Course Schedule

View the full course schedule below. And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the instructor and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

Date Topic

Session 1

04/26/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on G

We’ll learn this first pattern of the bunch and play using alternate picking in groups of three notes. Then we’ll work on a "groups of four" sequence that duplicates certain notes within the pattern to make it roll nicely. The sequence works great as a warmup but is also tasty enough to use in solos. We’ll practice over a tonal center of G using a drone track at different tempos.

Session 2

05/03/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on A

We’ll practice the straight pattern over an A drone track with different tempos and then learn a "groups of six" sequence that rises and falls nicely. Then we’ll take a look at a backing track that will help to internalize the unique sound of playing a G major scale that focuses on an A tonal center.

Session 3

05/10/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on B

Played over the B tonal center, this pattern sounds sneaky and a bit eerie. Because of this, it is extremely fun to play! Once we get the standard pattern in our fingers, we’ll look at a nice “group of six” hammer-on sequence. We’ll get to practice this sequence to our usual drone and metronome but also to an interesting rhythm present in the backing track.

Session 4

05/17/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on C

Soothing and freeing when played over the C tonal center, this scale pattern also starts to get us working up into some higher notes on the neck. Instead of working on a unique sequence for this week, we’ll practice both ascending and descending using consecutive picking. We’ll take it slow and get the picking just right!

Session 5

05/24/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on D

This pattern is highly parallel and can feel super aggressive in a positive way when played over the right music and the right feel. We’ll play over a rockin’ track and learn a sequence that might sound like something from a Steve Vai recording. Don’t worry, it sounds good at all tempos too!

Session 6

05/31/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on E

Melancholy and definitive, starting on E will give you the straight minor sound. For this sequence, we’re going to practice ascending while descending and descending while ascending. It’ll be a bit of a mind-twisting exercise, but will be a great way to get those fingers moving in a new way.

Session 7

06/07/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Starting on F#

We’re starting from the final tone of the G major scale with this week. We’ll work with different tempos per the usual, and we’ll also hear how this pattern sounds over a diminished chord. It’s an unsettling sound. You’ll be begging to hear the resolve to the good old G by the end of the session. Our sequence will be playing each note twice before moving on to the next which will add to the uneasiness nicely!

Session 8

06/14/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Connecting The Patterns

We’ll put all the patterns together into one big exercise this week and practice at different tempos and over different tonal centers. We’ll use a cool groove to inspire us towards greatness. We’ll stick with the pure 3 per string scales this week and go into sequencing next week!

Session 9

06/21/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Sequencing Grab Bag

Remember all the cool sequences we learned in the previous weeks? For this session, we’ll pick different ones and connect all the patterns together with the different sequences. This is effective and focused practicing. This will be intense, and fun.

Session 10

06/28/17 at 8pm EST Get Access

Improvisation and Phrasing

We could spend another ten weeks just talking about how to phrase and be creative with these wonderful scale patterns. This week will be considered a launchpad for your creativity as you continue to internalize what you’ve learned. We’ll apply slides, bends, and strategic picking to make these scales sound less like patterns and more like building blocks for cool melodies.