The Major Scale

This is my first music theory lesson. I figured I would start with the major scale because a lot of music theory is based on the major scale. Therefore, to learn music theory an understanding of the major scale is essential. If you are completely new to music theory you will want to start by learning some basic notation (note names, rhythms, time signatures, etc) before learning major scale theory. That said, this lesson is fairly basic and you shouldn’t need much of a music theory background to understand it. Continue reading

Fretboard Diagram: The Notes on the Fretboard

Here is a fretboard diagram showing all of the notes on the fretboard. Please note that after the 12th fret the notes begin to repeat themselves (i.e. the 13th fret has the same notes as the 1st fret, the 14th fret has the same notes as the 2nd fret, and so on). Use this as a reference tool when necessary, but also try to memorize it because as a guitarist it is important to be able to quickly locate any note, on any string, at different areas on the fretboard. Below the diagram are some tips for memorizing the notes on the fretboard. Continue reading