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Know Your Fingerboard

If you really want to learn to play your guitar, you should know that the guitar has a steep learning curve. The guitar is an instrument that is easy to play bad, but hard to play good. I assume that you want to be a good guitar player. To be a good player, you have to know your instrument and you have to know the music. There are too many guitar players out there who learn a lot about how to play the instrument, but forget the music. They run up an down the neck as if it was some kind of an Olympic sport, and makes boooooring music.

The guitar is a complicated instrument to play, particularly if we care about both the melody and the harmony. The notes are not laid out logically as on a keyboard. A harmonic shift that means moving a finger from one key to the key next to it on a piano, might require a total shift of position on the guitar. One note might be played in several different position on the neck, and sometimes we get lost. We are stuck somewhere up the neck, and can't find the way home.

Through this series of lessons, we will explore the fingerboard

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