November 19, 2013

 

 

My hope in starting this website and blog is to make updates and new insights available and respond to questions or concerns of anyone who has interest in my book, Fretboard Positions Diagram. The website has free sample pages from the book and a store to point the way to buying the paperback, eBook, and pdf versions. Also, I'm planning to have some videos put together before too long to expand on some of the concepts in the book.

The first thing I would like to say in this blog is that I gave a lot of thought into naming the book, but I understand how the name sounds like it could be a single diagram instead of a book with over 200 pages. The title could have been something like Simplify The Guitar In Five Fretboard Positions, but I thought it implied that the book is only about CAGED, which isn't the case.

The central feature is the Fretboard Positions Diagram, which is a letter-sized illustration of five guitar fretboards, each of which shows a position having 6 to 8 fret spans. A position has fingering patterns that contain the Major and Minor Scales and their Modes, the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales and their Modes, the Chords, and the Intervals. The notes in the fingering patterns have colors and symbols to represent their meanings. By learning these five positions of fingering patterns in one key, you'll then have the ability to play in other keys by moving the positions to the proper frets. So I named the book after this central feature and hope it implies that learning one small diagram is all that's necessary to play any of the above musical principles in any key anywhere on the guitar fretboard.

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October 23, 2014  In the Chapter on The Major and Minor Scales, there's a tablature that shows an example of playing all twelve Major Scales near the 5th fret. Within the sentence immediately before the tablature, "ending with the D Position in the Key of G# Major" should say "ending with the E Position in the Key of G# Major".

 

  

Rule of Thumb for knowing which Fretboard Position matches the Mode you want to play

 

Judging by my own efforts to learn the five Fretboard Positions, it can take quite a while to get to the point where they are well-memorized. A big help recently came to me that can speed up memorizing the Positions and relating the Modes to them.

 

 

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After practicing the "Two and Three Notes on a String" Scale Patterns for some time over the CAGED Chord Shapes along the fretboard, I began to notice that my fingers were performing repeating actions on adjacent strings. There are 5 actions that my fingers performed when 

 

Here are a few ideas that have helped me to learn and remember the main fingering patterns (colored circles) that are shown in the Fretboard Positions Diagram:

 

When posting on a forum today about CAGED guitar books, it occurred to me that there are so many aspects of playing guitar, and so many opinions on what works best or right ways and wrong ways.

I used to think that I had to keep my fingers aligned uniformly a short distance from the

 

 

I have never actually played the violin, but have looked at some of the techniques online. I was curious about it because violinists seem to play with so much confidence and effortless speed.

Of course, violinists practice for years, normally under a classical teacher. It's pretty much monophonic, with fiddle players being the exception, so they don't learn a lot of different chords on the instrument. They have the advantage (but also the challenge) of using a bow which makes everlasting sustain possible.

The bow also requires special fingering techniques when playing from higher to lower notes, in

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