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Guitar Lesson Six


This lesson is divided into six parts:



So far, within these lessons, The majority of our focus has been geared toward approaching the guitar's six strings individually. That focus is now going to shift to working with two strings at a time.

At this point, you will begin to see Patterns and shapes emerging from the fretboard. These patterns and shapes are very important to the organization of musical ideas on the guitar, and, once you begin to see them, the fingerboard will open up for you.

This does not mean that you should stop practicing up and down each string individually.

Instead, what you may have to do is structure your practice time to include equal amounts of work in both areas. Eventually, you will find yourself able to seamlessly integrate both approaches.

Now, once we have explored the possibilities of two strings, we will look at three strings and then we will move on to POSITION playing.

Position playing is the direct opposite of playing up and down the strings. Instead of moving up and down the fingerboard, position playing requires you to play across the strings with little or no linear hand movement.

By the time we have covered position playing, you will have gained a most thorough understanding of the guitar fingerboard and will be able to move quite easily into any area of the fretboard that the music dictates.

This approach to learning the guitar seems the most logical to me, but you should not hesitate to take advantage of ANY resources that you happen across, even if they are not within the bounds of what I am currently showing you.

There is a lifetime of information that can be learned about playing the guitar. My goal is to give you the best tools that I know of to start you on your journey.


So, how does a person decide whether to play the notes on a single string or to use more than one string?

There are no rules for this. You have to decide for yourself.

Unless the music requires a technique, such as a slide, which can only be accomplished by staying on the same string, I will generally opt for the easiest way of playing the notes. There are enough difficult things that you will encounter without intentionally adding to their number.


This lesson is divided into six parts:

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