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This series of videos aims to help you find your way around the fretboard, and be able to play melodies all over the neck.
Part I. Finding Notes Doug talks about a system for locating notes anywhere on the neck. By learning a few “guideposts” you can unlock the upper frets and find any note on any string.
Part II. Single-String Scale Patterns In this lesson, Doug demonstrates some basic concepts of scale construction and finding the notes of a scale. By limiting ourselves to a single string, we can learn the relationships between each step of the scale, and start to understand the structure of scales without having to learn complicated cross-string patterns.
Part III. Harmonizing in 3rds Being able to play harmonized scale patterns opens up a lot of possibilities for fingerstyle arranging, and helps you understand the fretboard. In this video, Doug builds on Parts I and II of this series to show you how to play harmonized scales anywhere on the fretboard.
Part IV. Scale Fragments.
This lesson builds on the earlier Fretboard Geometry lessons and explores major scale patterns on the guitar. We'll see a way to connect very simple patterns to play scales all over the fretboard, with an emphasis on being able to move vertically along the fretboard, in contrast to the usual approach of memorizing single-position scale patterns.
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Having a guitar with the fretboard dots would have made more sense
written by bpost, July 06, 2015
Very good videos from Mr. Young, but his "2-1-2" idea doesn't generate a natural minor scale as he claims. It generates a dorian if I'm not mistaken.
written by profd65, March 03, 2014
Doug, you have really opened my eyes! I will work hard on these lessons and am confident that it is going to help my playing.
written by chuckufarley, January 04, 2014
Really enjoying these videos, Doug. Look forward to more in the future, especially some more DADGAD tunes.
written by cestmike001, November 15, 2013
George Hawks here..(11/8/2013)..In my experience the majority of guitarists never understand how important it is to know the fretboard. I spent months going over and over all the notes.Almost anybody can play cords and songs.I asked myself what can i do to make my guitar playing better? One thing that is really over looked is fretboard knowledge.This is an important lesson that i hope does not get over looked.I have spent alot of time to improve my playing and this is one thing that will really help. Thanks Doug this was very helpful.