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'The same notes are repeated over and over and over'



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'The same notes are repeated over and over and over'

The manageable chunks are 'There are only six strings to learn' = one a day for 6 days

Let's look at one of the manageble chunks.

In music you only need to know a small section of the alphabet A B C D E F G

The lowest sounding string on a guitar is generally tuned to E

If we were only using ABCDEFG and were going from A to B to C to D etc the sound would be getting a little higher. Don't worry too much about the detail, just try and get an overview.

And again if we were only using ABCDEFG and were going from G to F to E to D etc the sound would be getting a bit lower, not much just a little.

So the first thing you need to master is the letters of the alphabet A B C D E F G and what will be extremely useful for the future is to learn those 6 letters backwards. G F E D C B A

So there are two simple things to learn:



  1. There are only 7 letters of the alphabet to learn

  2. It's useful to learn them backwards

The foundation of your music needs to be firm to be able to develop into a balanced musician / guitar player. If you are like me, you'll still want to play guitar in 20 years and will be eternally fascinated by the potential of the guitar and other instruments that the guitar will no doubt morph into.

ACOUSTIC GUITAR FRETBOARD, MAKING SENSE OF IT IS EASY

You’ll notice I've barely even mentioned the guitar so far. Why not?

Well, it’s the same as learning to read a language, you need to learn the components, “the letters” first.

What I‘ve noticed is that many self taught guitarists don’t see the pattern of notes as they move up the fretboard, “ABCDEFG”. Maybe the confusion came about because of a misunderstanding about sharps and flats and / or a music teacher told them, “Every good boy deserves fruit”, no wonder music students are confused. I was discussing this issue with my good friend the guitar great (the late) Ike Isaacs about 25 years ago, and we both decided that it should be outlawed as it is quite nonsensical and is really a hindrance to the learning process.

To put the following statement simply:

a Sharp is ONE NOTE HIGHER, up one fret on the guitar
a Flat is ONE NOTE LOWER, one fret down the neck closer to the tuning pegs.

The rule is: (THIS IS IMPORTANT)






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