The most important thing about playing guitar is where you put your fingers. This blog is dedicated to finding the best places to put your fingers, so that you can make music.
There are many ways to put your fingers on the fretboard. Some ways are better than others. The goal of this blog is to show you the best ways.
If you’re new to X Marks the Dots, here is a good place to start: The CAGED System and Finding Notes on the Fretboard (Part 1).
If you have any questions not answered by this blog, please contact me at XMarksTheDots@gmail.com.
This site is perfect for those guitar players who want to learn more about where to put their fingers on the fretboard. If you have never played a guitar before, this site will teach you. If you’ve been playing for awhile but are still not 100% comfortable with the fretboard, these lessons are for you.
This site has been designed to help you quickly and easily learn where to place your fingers in order to play some of the most common chords found in popular music.
In addition, it also includes a number of exercises that will help improve your overall knowledge of the fretboard.
Once you’ve mastered these basic chords, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced lessons.
A guitar fretboard is a canvas for experimentation.
Every point on the fretboard has its own name. Every single one.
There are many ways to label these points. There are scale patterns and chord shapes, but I believe the most useful way to label them is with numbers.
I am not a math person, so when I say “numbers” I don’t mean the math kind like 1/2 or 21/28, although those exist too. I mean whole numbers, like 1 or 2 or 3 or 42, that have no fractions attached to them and can be counted on one hand (or at least one finger).
The reason I prefer whole numbers is because they are easy for me to remember. For example: the notes of a C major scale go C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C. The numbers of a C major scale go 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (or 1).
Similarly, the notes of a G major scale go G-A-B-C-D-E-F
In my previous blog post, I warmed up by discussing a simple guitar-related problem: finding the best location for frets. In this post, we’ll go into more detail and use the same code to find out where to fret any note on any string.
Although there are many ways to play the same note on a guitar, sometimes the most obvious way is the best. For example, if you want to play an E on the second fret of the fifth string, you can put your finger on the second fret of the fifth string and strum it. But you could also play a D
There are only twelve notes and six strings on a guitar. And yet, there are many combinations of notes that can be played at any given time. The fretboard is massive and it takes years to learn it all. But once a person has learned how to play the guitar well, they can play with anyone in the world.
A guitar is similar to a piano in this regard because both instruments require the player to know where each note is on the fretboard or keyboard. There are many different types of guitars but they all have one thing in common: they have frets. A fret is a raised piece of metal that divides the neck into sections. The frets are numbered starting with the first fret as 1F or “the first fret.”
The first thing that a guitarist must learn about their instrument is where the notes are on its fretboard. This can be done by learning the names of each note and then memorizing their locations on their guitar’s fretboard. A guitarist must also learn how to read music before they can play songs from sheet music or tabulature (TAB).
I’m sure you’ve heard of the guitar. It’s an instrument that has been around for a long time and is played by people all over the world. Some find it easier than others to play, but with practice, anyone can play a basic song on the guitar.
So if you’re just starting out on the guitar, here’s some fundamental information that will help you get started.
The basic parts of a guitar are the body, neck and headstock. The body is where you hold the guitar and rest your arm. The neck is what you place your fingers on to make a sound. And the headstock is where tuning pegs are located (which are used to tune your guitar).
Guitars come in many different sizes; they can be as small as a ukulele or as big as a large bass guitar. But for learning purposes, I recommend purchasing a small sized acoustic guitar with nylon strings (beginners should avoid learning on steel-stringed guitars because they are harder to press down). A good starter guitar can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 dollars.
If you look at the neck of the guitar, it should look like this: