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Quiz Answer: Check your tuning at the beginning of each practice session.

“Next let’s look at the note between the F & G notes”.

[Sharps and Flats]

-You know from the previous lesson that F & G are the alphabet names of the 2 notes found on the High E String at the 1st & 3rd frets.

-What is the alphabet name of the note played between them on the 2nd fret?

It is higher in pitch than the F note & lower in pitch than the G note.
Logically you would think that if the 1st fret is F the 2nd fret would be G and so on however…
This is just not how note naming works.

The note after F is known as either F# and also Gb. Pronounced (F-Sharp) & (G-Flat).
Sharp means “one note above” & Flat means “one note below“. 

Don’t let the fact it has two different names confuse you.   Most offen it is simply called F#.

It is important to note that these alphabetical letters are simply labels given to the various notes to identify their tone.

Fig.1. F# and Gb are both the Same Note.

While the F and the G notes have only one name, the F#/Gb note has two.

Exercise: Using Downpicking and playing the F# with your middle finger, start with the Open E note, then the F (using your Index finger) then the F# (using your Middle finger) then the G (using your Ring finger).

-When you play Up the notes like this it is referred to as ascending.
-Playing them back down is descending.

Play these notes ascending at first then descending with increasing speed.  Play as fast as you can.
-When playing one adjacent note after another you are playing “chromatically”.

-The goal with these first few exercises is to have you playing one fret for each finger and to do this on all strings.
This skill is essential since the fretboard’s layout is designed to be played using all four fingers.
-If you develop the bad habit of using only the first 3 fingers and not the Pinky you will severely limit your playing ability.
-Although it may be awkward at first, follow these exercises using the correct fingers.

Interesting Side Note: The terms Sharp & Flat are also used when tuning.
A string which is too high is Sharp & a string which is too low is Flat.

Quiz: What is the note between the “F” note & the “G” note most commonly called?


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