Iron Out Your Neck Problems

Iron out your neck problems by studying how to re-locate melody patterns, lick and solos to other areas of the guitar fretboard. Seriously guys -  Nobody does this enough on guitar  ...

A lot of times in our guitar playing life people (usually teachers) will tell us to do certain things, yet we sadly for some reason, just don’t do them. Instead we ignore what our mentors suggest to us. Even when we know for a fact that what they suggested might be super valuable.

Well, in this video I’m going to suggest a guitar practice idea, and I’m really hoping that you’ll actually do this - because it’s amazing for learning your guitar fingerboard and its equally amazing for learning how to iron-out melodic ideas and specifically how they can sit on the neck.


The practice suggestion that I have for you involves taking a melodic idea and then relocating that idea across the neck played as different fingerings.

One fingering layout will relocate the part as a unison statement on the fingerboard. The other way is to relocate the part up or down an octave performing all the notes of the part into either a higher or a lower register.

We’re going to take the famous melody of the "String Quintet in E Major 3rd Movement" by Luigi Boccherini and using this famous piece, we're going to do this process.

My suggestion to you is to start getting into a habit of doing this with a bunch of melodies that you already know. And then, do it with new melodies that you learn. 

Do it for a while, (quite a while), at least until you start feeling comfortable with the whole process, (and until you can do it quite easily with any melody that you come across).

MIDDLE OF THE NECK: So, let’s start by learning this famous melody in the middle area of the guitar fingerboard…

Exercise #1). Mid-Neck Placement

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Next, let’s take this melody into the lower fret-board region. This fingerboard area will not only change the frets where the melody is played, but it will also change the fingering patterns and the strings that are involved. 

Doing this shift of the melody part will make it an excellent work-out for helping you better comprehend how a melody line can operate elsewhere on the guitars fingerboard.

Exercise #2). Lower-Neck Placement

The final idea that we’re going to study is how to take the melody up an octave. 

One of the easiest things to do with a melody line when you want it up an octave higher is after you learn it near the head-stock area (on those lower fret-board region’s frets), you can play the exact same orientation of notes up past the 12th fret.

The guitar repeats up an octave after the 12th-fret, so once you know how to play something between the open strings and the 5th fret region, you can quite easily move it up an octave without much issue at all.

Exercise #3). Upper-Neck Placement (up an octave)

As I stated at the very beginning of the video, it is all too common that we get told of something really valuable, (something that we should do that will help us), but we fail to act on the idea.

In respect to an idea like this one, I can absolutely confirm that most players are not doing this enough on the guitar. There’s a ton of value in plotting melodic ideas across to other neck areas. It helps you better understand everything to do with; note location, with fret-board layout, and with how scales and intervals can move from one area to another.

Once you can get really good at doing this work, it is absolutely incredible for your ability at playing melodies and guitar solos anywhere on the guitar fingerboard.

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