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The Guitar Fret Board

Updated on August 6, 2009

Guitar Fret Board

Matthew playing his electric acoustic guitar
Matthew playing his electric acoustic guitar

Guitar Fret Board

The fretboard allows you to play songs on guitar. The fretboard is the neck of the guitar, usually played with your left hand while your right hand strums or picks the strings. Unless, of course, you are left-handed. In that case, your hands would be positioned opposite of the above.

The most complex part of a guitar, in my own opinion, is the fretboard. I believe this because you can do so many things on it to make many sounds.

Knowing where the notes are on the fretboard is very important. It is not very complicated at all.

The low E string (the fattest string), when open (without any fingers on it) is obviously E. Then put your index finger down on it on the first fret and you have an F.

Put the same finger on the second fret and you have an F# (sharp).

Move the same finger up on the third fret and you have a G. This is useful to know when you play bar chords and power chords.

The notes continue in order, A to G and it starts all over again.

Pentatonic Minor Scale

The pentatonic minor scale is fairly easy, if you read the section above on the fret board.

If you have not read my fret board page, please take a moment now to look at it. If you have read it, let's begin on the minor pentatonic scale now. You will need a lot of flexibility for this one. Flexibility of your finger muscles is required. We will start off on the A note which is the fifth fret.

Now I will show you the scale from the low E to the high E strings. It will be in order, with the low E listed first below.

E- 5 8

A- 5 8

D- 5 7

G- 5 7

B- 5 8

E- 5 8

The numbers stand for the fret. The 5 is the fifth fret. 7 is the seventh fret, and it goes on. This is a good scale for soloing and for blues. Try and find a blues song and see what key it starts off in and then solo to it. It is fun to solo especially to blue.

Praise You In The Storm Matthew Schulze

Praise The King by Matthew & Tiffany Schulze


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