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Guitar Basics,
Finding Your Way Around The Fretboard.
So let's try to find our
way around the fretboard.
We're going to start,
let's take a note, let's take a G.
Let me just tell you all the names of
the notes so you know it before I start.
So this is E.
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Let's just do it on one string, E, F.
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I'm just using one finger now, and
I'm moving it around.
E, F, this is called F sharp.
It's in between F and G.
This is G sharp.
It's in between G and A.
This is A sharp, between A and B.
And here we have C on the 8th position.
And we have C sharp between C and D.
And D and D sharp.
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Between D and E.
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And here, now we have the done one, two,
three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten.
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11.
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12.
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And then.
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We are back.
So as you can see, now we are back at E.
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One octave up.
And then it starts over.
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E.
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F.
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F sharp.
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G.
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And so on.
So when you go back you
might name the notes
when you go in the other
direction you might call it E.
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E flat.
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Between E and D.
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D, D flat.
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Between D and C.
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And we have B.
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B flat.
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Between B and A.
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And we have A flat.
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Between A and G.
And we have G flat between G and
F, and then we're back at E.
So, an F sharp.
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It's actually the same note as a G flat.
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But you might name them differently,
according to if you're going up,
or if you're going down, or
according to what key you are in.
I will speak more about this later on.
So now you can practice you can start
on the next string, that's an A.
And you can try to name the notes.
A, B flat, B ,C, C sharp,
D, D sharp, E, F, F sharp,
G, G sharp, A.
And then go back.
A, A flat, G, G flat,
F, E, E flat, D, D flat,
C, B, B flat, A.
And then the same on the next string.
D, D sharp, E, F, F sharp, G, and so on.
On the next string, G, G sharp,
A I hope you understand it by now.
All right, this is a good exercise,
so practice this.
Start on the B string, B, C,
C sharp, D, D sharp, E, and so on.
And then E, F, F sharp on the top string,
G, G sharp, A, A sharp, B.
And then after a while, you can start
just moving between strings and
see if you can name, name the notes.
For instance,
using the same fingering, like this.
If we're starting on C.
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If you have your fourth finger at C, B.
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B flat, A.
Then same fingering on the next string.
G.
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G flat, F, E.
Then you have E flat, B, B flat, C.
Then, 'cause might, might continue
like this and name all the notes.
And just for fun, and
then change position.
This is just a little exercise to
get used to knowing the actual
names of the notes you're playing.
And you can,
then you can go the other way.
You can go up.
A, A sharp, sharp, B, C, D, D sharp, E, F.
G, G sharp, A, A sharp, C and so on.
Another exercise I'd like you to do is to
try to find one specific
note all over the neck.
So let, for instance let's start by do,
playing a G.
It's a G.
And I want you to find
a G on the next string.
And it's up here.
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10th position.
So, a 3rd.
10th position.
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On this string is 5th position.
12th position.
8th position, and 3rd po, position again.
So.
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The fingering is optional here.
You can, for instance, you can do
it with one finger if you like to.
But you can, like I'm doing now.
I'm doing like one, three,
one, three, one, one.
Something like that.
Then let's take another note.
Let's take a C.
And you're in 8th position.
C, then 3rd position on the next string.
Then 10th position on the next string.
On the next string we
will have 5th position,
then 1st position, and then 8th position.
So, you hear.
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Like that.
Then like, take something more difficult,
a note in a flat key, or a sharp key.
Let's take, for instance,
let's take.
Let's see.
We can take E flat or D sharp.
So, here.
11th position.
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6th position.
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1st position.
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8th position.
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4th position.
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And 11th position.
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And then you can go you know,
you can go all the way back, as well.
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So
this a really good exercise so
go through all the twe,
the 12 keys all the 12 notes
in the chromatic scale.
It's called a chromatic scale
when you have all the notes.
For instance, you can start on
any note to go all the way down.
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Or all the way up.
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This is the chromatic scale.
So use all these notes and
try to finger them, and
find, find them all over the guitar neck.
A lot of guitar players, they know how
to play the chords, they, they know,
they can play songs.
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They can play all these chords.
Maybe they can play even
more advanced chords,
like ones we're going to learn later.
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Goes like this, but
they don't know the names of it and
I would recommend that if you don't
know the names of all the notes, it's good
to check out this first basic exercise,
because it will be much easier for
you later on.
In, in my guitar universe, during these
classes, I will try to help you to
combine some theory and
also the importance of using your ears.
So, you will approach this
from two different directions.
It doesn't hurt to know what you're doing,
but
you shouldn't be limited just by thinking
in theory what you're going to do.
It's all about using your ears and
creating melodies and music and
chord, playing chords and
playing melody lines.
But, it doesn't hurt to also
know what you're doing,
especially if you're going to explain
it to others and share it with others.
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