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Quiz answer: Play as fast as you can while still sounding each note clearly.  Increase the tempo at your discretion. The idea is to develop speed and coordination.  This will happen at a different rate for everybody. “Don’t expect to be blazing fast off the get go”. Page break line

Fig.1. This is the “Fretboard Layout” (Shown are “All Of The NOTES”). Refer back to this diagram when figuring out Chords and scales. It can be found in the Quick Links (main menu)


 -As can be seen in Fig.1 the NOTES ascend the fretboard starting at the Open String (moving left to right up the fretboard).


-When you fret a note & pick the string the vibrating portion of the string becomes shorter than the open string and produces a higher pitch note.


When you reach the 5th fret of the 6th string the pitch exactly overlaps that of the open 5th string.  Thus every note above the 5th fret of the 6th string is also found duplicated on the 5th string (The same notes repeat).


-This repetition happens across the entire fretboard with each string.


It must be noted that on the 4th string, this repetition happens on the 4th fret.  This string is the only exception. (WHY?  Because of the physical limitations of the Hand when forming chords).


-It is also important to note that there is a lot of repetition happening on the fretboard.  For example: if you look at the fretboard in Fig.1. the High E repeats at: the open 1st string- the 5th fret of the 2nd string – the 9th fret of the 3rd string – the 14th fret of the 4th string – and the 19th fret of the 5th string.  This translates into more than one location on the fretboard to play most notes & chords. This repetition is exploited in the creation of songs & development of leads.  More in the next lesson.


-Below is a blank printable fretboard diagram you can use to help learn the notes of the fretboard.  Print it out and fill in all the notes shown without looking at Fig.1. The Open String names are provided to get you started. Hint: Remember B & E do not have sharps.



Quiz: At which fret do most notes repeat on the next higher string (moving down on the string set)  and which string is the one exception?


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