Guitar Lessons - Learning The Neck - Fretboard Mastery

Like GPS for your guitar! The essential guide to complete fretboard mastery.
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  • Length 6 hours
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

It's like GPS for your fingerboard!

Weighing in at just under 50 lessons and taught by top UK session guitarist, Bobby Harrison, FretHub's Learning The Neck course is a valuable, in-depth study into mapping out the fretboard and unlocking the entire neck of the guitar.

If you’ve always wanted to instantly locate each note on the neck, play any chord or any major, minor, pentatonic or blues scale in any key, all over the neck, this series of videos is for you. Note-finding excercises and visualisation formulas are covered as well as the famous CAGED system. The CAGED system enables you to play any chord or scale by recalling just 5 shapes. It’s also very useful for soloing as well as aiding songwriting and composition.

You can choose to study this module in its entirety or use it as reference material, dipping in and out while you continue to study the other lessons Frethub has available. Either way, this course will soon have you flying effortlessly all over the neck.

What are the requirements?

  • All you need in order to begin is an electric guitar, an amplifier, a pick and a desire to learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Visually map out the fretboard and unlock the neck.
  • Be able to play scales and chords, anywhere on the neck, in any key.
  • Learn the CAGED system and apply it to all chords and scales.
  • Master valuable note-finding excercises and visualisation formulas.
  • Incorporate all of these concepts and ideas into your own playing, making you a more fluent guitarist and a more inventive songwriter.
  • Learn all of the most commonly used scales and chords in modern music.

What is the target audience?

  • Some prior experience of the electric guitar is required i.e. at least a basic grasp of chords and scales, although these will be covered in depth. This course would suit the beginner and intermediate player, but would also be perfect for the advanced player looking to add expand their knowledge of music theory.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Learning The Neck - Introduction
03:27

Weighing in at just under 50 lessons and taught by top UK session guitarist, Bobby Harrison, FretHub's Learning The Neck course is a valuable, in-depth study into mapping out the fretboard and unlocking the entire neck of the guitar.

If you’ve always wanted to instantly locate each note on the neck, play any chord or any major, minor, pentatonic or blues scale in any key, all over the neck, this series of videos is for you. Note-finding excercises and visualisation formulas are covered as well as the famous CAGED system. The CAGED system enables you to play any chord or scale by recalling just 5 shapes. It’s also very useful for soloing as well as aiding songwriting and composition.

Section 2: Finding The Notes On The Neck
07:40

We start this module by learning the notes on the neck. We begin with a very basic formula, but as the lessons progress, you’ll notice the entire fretboard opening up for you. We covered note finding excercises in an earlier lesson, but this study goes far deeper, introducing visualisation excercises that, when memorised, will be a huge asset to your playing.

07:08

Here, we continue with the valuable note finding excercise.

05:23

Here, we continue with the valuable note finding exercise.

05:44

Here, we continue with the valuable note finding exercise.

06:19

Here, we continue with the valuable note finding exercise.

06:49

Using our note finding knowledge, we now look at a visualisation excercise for locating notes all over the neck.

08:12

Now it’s time to put our visualisation exercise into practice by using it to locate every single note on the neck. With regular practice, you’ll see the entire fretboard opening up for you.

Section 3: Chords And The CAGED System
02:53

Here, we introduce the CAGED system. This system enables you play any chord by recalling just 5 shapes. It’s also very useful for finding scales and soloing as well as aiding songwriting and composition.

07:33

Now we’re going to learn the CAGED system. This system enables you play any chord or by recalling just 5 shapes. It’s also very useful for finding scales and soloing as well as aiding songwriting and composition.

07:17

Continuing with the CAGED system, we look at the 5 movable major chord shapes, spelling the word “Caged”.

09:17

Continuing with the CAGED system, we look at the 5 movable major chord shapes, spelling the word “Caged”.

03:56

Using our 5 movable major chord shapes, we can now start to see how the note finding formula we covered earlier can help us find chords, further increasing our command of the neck.

06:17

Now we’ve learned 5 movable major chord shapes spelling the word “CAGED”, we can now practice this in all keys.

07:38

Next, we take a short break from the CAGED system to learn how major chords are constructed.

04:03

Before we learn the 5 movable CAGED shapes for the minor chord, we learn how minor chords are constructed.

12:03

Continuing with the CAGED system, we look at the 5 movable minor chord shapes, spelling the word “Caged”.

01:50

Now we’ve learned 5 movable minor chord shapes spelling the word “CAGED”, we can now practice this in all keys.

03:02

In this video, we look at a common chord progression and demonstrate the use of different CAGED shapes to play the same 4 chords. This will not only provide you with more tonal options when playing in a band or in the studio, but will also aid you with songwriting and compositions.

15:08

Now we look at the 5 movable CAGED shapes for the major 7 chord.

03:32

Now we’ve learned 5 movable major 7 chord shapes spelling the word “CAGED”, we can now practice this in all keys.

11:04

Now we look at the 5 movable CAGED shapes for the minor 7 chord.

02:29

Now that we’ve learned 5 movable minor 7 chord shapes spelling the word “CAGED”, we can now practice this in all keys.

14:58

Now we look at the 5 movable CAGED shapes for the dominant 7 chord.

05:38

Now that we’ve learned 5 movable dominant 7 chord shapes spelling the word “CAGED”, we can now practice this in all keys. Before we move on to scales, we end this chord study with a summary of what we’ve covered so far and some valuable practice tips.

Section 4: Triads And The CAGED System
11:39

Next, we look at triads using the CAGED system. Triads are 3 note chords. On the guitar, they can be very useful for playing decorative parts. First, we look at some major triads.

10:07

Now we’re going to look at some minor triads using the CAGED system. Songwriting, composition and recording applications of triads are also discussed.

Section 5: The Minor Pentatonic Scale And The CAGED System
07:42

So far, we’ve covered a lot of ground. The note finding exercise and the chord shapes we’ve learned will serve us very well as players, but now we’re going to cover scales using the CAGED system. Things really come to life now as the entire fretboard begins to open up, providing us with an even better command of the neck in any musical situation. First, we look at the minor pentatonic scale positions all over the neck, starting with position 1.

09:10

Next, we look at positions 2 and 3 of the minor pentatonic scale.

11:22

Next, we look at positions 4 and 5 of the minor pentatonic scale.

04:54

Now it’s time to practice the minor pentatonic scale all over the neck, in all keys.

Section 6: The Blues Scale And The CAGED System
08:13

Now we’re going to look at the blues scale using the CAGED system, starting with position 1.

07:04

Next, we look at position 2 of the blues scale.

05:38

Next, we look at position 3 of the blues scale.

05:19

Next, we look at position 4 of the blues scale.

07:54

Finally, we look at position 5 of the blues scale.

Section 7: The Major Pentatonic Scale And The CAGED System
04:21

Now we’re going to look at the major pentatonic scale using the CAGED system, starting, oddly enough, with position 5. All will be explained…

06:16

Next, we look at positions 1 and 2 of the major pentatonic scale.

06:41

Finally, having already covered positions 1, 2 and 5, we look at positions 3 and 4 of the major pentatonic scale.

Section 8: Major Scales Using The CAGED System
07:06

Now we’re going to look at the 7 note major scale shapes using the CAGED system. This will further improve our visualisation of the neck since it’s now possible to see root notes, chords, major scales and major pentatonic scales all in one small area of the neck.

06:56

Here, we continue to learn the major scale shapes using the CAGED system.

05:53

Here, we continue to learn the major scale shapes using the CAGED system.

Section 9: Minor Scales Using The CAGED System
05:49

Now we’re going to look at the 7 note minor scale shapes using the CAGED system. This will further improve our visualisation of the neck since it’s now possible to see root notes, chords, minor scales and minor pentatonic scales all in one small area of the neck.

06:16

Here, we continue to learn the minor scale shapes using the CAGED system.

08:44

Here, we continue to learn the major scale shapes using the CAGED system, finishing with practice tips and a summary of everything we’ve covered so far.

Section 10: 3-Note-Per-String Scales
10:28

Now we’re going to look at the three-note-per-string scale shapes using the CAGED system. If you’ve already practiced the CAGED major and minor shapes, you’ll probably find this easier than it might first appear.

09:00

Here, we continue to learn the three-note-per-string scale shapes using the CAGED system.

08:34

Here, we continue to learn the three-note-per-string scale shapes using the CAGED system.

03:07

We conclude this mammoth series of lessons by learning the final three-note-per-string scale shape using the CAGED system, followed by a brief summary and some practice tips. Congratulations for coming this far and for now having a better command of the neck!

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FretHub Guitar Lessons, Learn from two highly qualified, professional guitar teachers with over 50 years of combined experience.

FretHub is a fresh and comprehensive collection of online guitar lessons, offering hundreds of hours of video tuition, from two highly qualified and respected teachers with over 50 years of combined professional experience.

As session guitarists, between us, we have played alongside artists such as Queen's Brian May, Alice Cooper, Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Hadley and Gabrielle. As tutors, we have taught thousands of students worldwide.

Our guitar lessons are taught in a down-to-earth manner and presented in a logical and progressive order, providing the consistency and familiarity you get from taking guitar lessons with a private tutor.

Our aim is to give you a solid foundation and equip you with the necessary tools to learn, recognise and employ the guitar techniques and tricks that are used in the making of the music you love.

From beginners through to advanced players, FretHub has everything you need to help you become the guitarist you've always wanted to be.

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