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» Some Guitar Philosopy
Before we start out with our systematic tour of the fretboard, I
think it is very important to become a bit philosophical. In my opinion
this is necessary since the guitar is a very special instrument in its
own right, so I would like to make you aware of some of the unique
properties that we have to deal with.
One of the fundamental
differences that set the guitar apart from almost every other
instrument is the fact that there is more than one way of playing a
note. This is due to the fact that the guitar is not only a soloing
instrument but also an accompanying instrument that is capable of
playing cords. However, being able to play the same note at very
different positions on the fretboard makes the guitar a very complex
instrument. It is important that you understand this fact!
compare the guitar to another very important instrument, namely the
piano. The piano, although lacking a lot of articulation capabilities
that the guitar definetely has, is pretty advantageous in terms of
being able to play chords and single notes without the confusion of
where to play a note on the keyboard. For every given note there is
only one distinct key on the keyboard. So in terms of simple
visualization of notes and harmonic relationships on the keyboard a
pianist definetely has a big advantage.
One way of dealing
with this problem as a guitarist is to simply ignore it and like a
pianist play only one distinct scale pattern over the whole range of
the fretboard and ignore all the other positions and patterns. While
that is certainly doable it will definitely limit your ability to
exploit all the possibilies that the guitar is offering. If you are
willing to accept the complex challenge that the guitar is offering you
can really do magic and set yourself apart from most of the players
You can make use of the fact that notes sound
differently on different parts of the fretboard. You can use diffent
techniques over the whole fretboard like hammer-ons, pull-offs and
slides that you could not achieve any other way. Making use of the
whole fretboard will give your playing a very unique-sounding voice.
Moreover, it will help you avoid getting stuck in the box of only
one or two positions and endlessly repeating yourself.
most guitarist were led to believe that once they have mastered
position playing they are completely done and can focus on just playing
faster and faster, in reality position playing is just the beginning.
Mastering the 7 positions of the diatonic scale or the 5 positions of
the pentatonic scale per se is good but simply not enough if you want
to become a better guitarist and understand the fretboard logic.
playing does just one thing: it makes you think that moving from note
to note is basically something that involves skipping from string to
string across the neck in a vertical motion.
But it completely
ignores the fact that you can quite effectively move around the
fretboard horizontally and achieve a very unique sound.
tutorial we will open up the fretboard for you in a way that allows you
to move freely around based on the music you hear in you head.