Cool Guitar Neck Knowledge Drill (Position Study)

This important exercise /drill is the key to improving your guitar fingerboard awareness. The drill focuses on helping guitar players become better acquainted with their fret-board. Plus, it also helps with performing scales, getting better with playing licks, and with applying melodic runs (no matter how complex they might be)... 


This lesson will focus on developing better awareness of the fret-board regions by taking a short guitar lick, and then learning how to play that exact same lick in two other areas of the fingerboard.

In the end, you'll have three versions of this guitar lick, and you'll increase your knowledge of the fret-board. The best part is that you'll also have a cool new exercise to help you continue to expand your understanding of the guitar neck even better than you know it now.


Begin by developing the foundational lick. This lick will be your primary melodic phrase that we will later be re-located over to other fret-board regions.

For our "example" foundational idea, I've composed a short one measure phrase in the key of "F Minor." It is located in the 10th fingerboard position, built off of the 3rd guitar string.

Here's the foundational phrase... 


Re-locating the "Foundational Lick" over to the first new region will initially involve determining where the new fretting area will be on the neck. Once you've established your foundational lick, (and a starting area on the guitar neck), work out re-locating the lick into another area.

IMPORTANT: Maintain all tones as "Unison Tones"
In doing the re-location with this exercise, we will set a goal (with the entire exercise) of maintaining every note as unison pitches. So, in other words, every notes pitch will be identical to the pitches we'd started with from our foundational lick.

The lick is going to be re-located in the sixth fingerboard position, based off of our 2nd guitar string. Learn the new location as shown below...

Here's the 1st re-located phrase... 

NOTE: Re-locating to new regions and string sets will re-arrange note flow, this means fingerings and phrasing devices (slides, bends, hammer-on's, pull-off's) may become an issue into each new region.


Once you have established a phrase, and then relocated that phrase (over to another fingerboard position), your final step will be stretching your skills with this exercise to be able to take that same scale phrase into one final fingerboard area.

For our example, the final position on the neck will be located up high at the fifteenth position based off of the 4th guitar string.

 Here's the 2nd re-located phrase... 

Learning to re-locate guitar parts across the neck into other fingerboard regions is one of the more valuable exercises that you can do as a guitar player. Plus, this exercise can easily be made more complex by simply lengthening the melodic phrase, or by trying to develop other harmonic options like, changing the licks key center, or by creating a interval harmony line out of the foundational statement.

You could even try making a new harmonized phrase by performing the melody as diatonic 3rd's, or in 5th's, or as 6th intervals. Basically, there's a lot of fantastic work that can come out of an exercise like this one.

Try putting the effort in, get some quality time into developing a few guitar licks and you'll start to notice a number of great advantages will start happening in your playing.

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