Learning to navigate around your guitar fretboard is difficult. In fact, the challenge that it presents is so great, that many guitarists don’t even attempt it. Just thinking about learning the logic of the guitar fretboard can cause them to feel overwhelmed.
I speak partly from personal experience here. For many years I didn’t understand how to navigate around my guitar fretboard.
So, whilst I was still able to play various chords and guitar solos and even improvise to an extent – I wasn’t able to move around my fretboard confidently.
This hindered almost every element of my playing.
When playing lead, I remained trapped in familiar keys and sections of the fretboard. My improvisations sounded repetitive and I quickly became frustrated by playing the same notes in the same areas of the guitar.
When playing rhythm, I struggled with barre chords and using different voicings.
So again, I came to rely on a handful of chord shapes which I used consistently, despite them not always being suitable for the songs that I was playing.
Crucially, whenever I learned a new scale, lick or chord, I did so in isolation. I failed to draw connections between individual pieces of information and as a result wasted huge amounts of practice time.
Once you understand the logic of your guitar, every new piece of information you learn can be moved all over the fretboard.
In this way you can learn less but play more, because you can use fretboard connections to apply the same idea all over the fretboard (rather than thinking about each chord or lick in isolation).
It is for this reason that I am so excited about this two part course. 😁
Understanding how to navigate across the fretboard will change the way you play guitar.
So if you are feeling stuck in a rut with your playing, or frustrated that you are ‘locked’ into certain patterns, this is the course for you.
By the end of this course, you will know how to:
- Play in all 12 musical keys without fear of hitting the wrong notes or playing out of key
- Move confidently around the neck of your guitar when improvising and soloing
- Play different chords and chord voicings all over your guitar fretboard
- Solo all over your fretboard without having to rely on the same old licks and phrases
The benefits of this knowledge are profound and will positively impact almost every element of your guitar playing.
So with that in mind and without further ado, let’s get into it! Head over to the next lesson and we will dive straight into it 😁