Fix Neck Confusion in 3 Moves

This post is all about neck layout. And, for pretty much every guitarist, learning the necks layout and the neck patterns are a big project. It’s a long process that’s going to take months to start to organize and years to eventually master...

There's all the chords, the arpeggios, the scale shapes, plus the technique involved to be able to play them, and the rules and skills for eventually learning to apply them in music... So, let's get started...


If you’re still in the early stages of learning your neck this will be an excellent practice drill that you can use for many weeks ahead to develop the neck in all of its locations.

This process we are about to study separates the neck into three neck MOVES (Low, Mid and Upper), and at the same time it also helps you develop an association to the ways that scales can relate to arpeggios as well as, to all types of chord patterns.

These 3 "Neck Regions" and their associated five scale, arpeggio and chord outlines make up the primary playing tools of guitar players and must become well developed.

Once you understand how these three neck moves /regions operate (in all of the different neck areas), you'll have much greater control over the neck.

Let’s get started with learning this guitar neck practice system right now...

A lot of guitar neck study methods will begin by showing the location of a single note. In the example I have below, we are looking at all of the locations of the “E” notes along and across the guitars fingerboard.

If you’ve never taken a piece of fret-board diagram paper and drawn this out (with every single note from every scale), then I’d highly suggest doing that as soon as possible.

The next important study concept with this system is learning to play a; scale, a related arpeggio, and a related chord in each of the three neck regions.

If you’re not already aware of it, the guitar neck is made up of three primary fretting regions which consist of 5 frets per region. This 5 fret concept is one of the best ways that you can use to study (and eventually memorize) the entire fretboard layout.

In this lesson, we’ll be learning how to perform a Minor scale, a Minor 7th Arpeggio, and the related "Minor Triad" chord in all three of these fretting regions.

The process that we will study here will use tones from the key of “E Minor.”

First, we’re going to start from the lowest fretted position from within the key of “E Minor.”

We will be based upon the 4th guitar string in the second position. Here’s how this would would sit on the neck when its performed…

LOW REGION: Scale, Arpeggio and Chord

MID REGION: Scale, Arpeggio and Chord
7th position off of the 5th string…

UPPER REGION: Scale, Arpeggio and Chord
12th position off of the 6th string… 

Next, we’re going to double back and fill in the spaces between those three scale layouts. We’ll start from the 5th string in the 4th position…

LOW REGION - Gap Fill: Scale, Arpeggio and Chord
5th string in the 4th position…

Finally, we’re going to finish off the neck with a pattern based off of the 6th string in the 9th position...

UPPER REGION - Gap Fill: Scale, Arpeggio and Chord
6th string in the 9th position...

Now you’ve seen how this method works the next part of the practice routine would involve continuing this work with the; arpeggios, and also with the chords that are related to the other keys.

As you can tell this system is an excellent way to study all of the scales, the arpeggios and the chords in all of the different fingerboard locations. This regional method covers all of the sections of the neck, and over time, you can work on including all of the different keys and the different locations of how the notes and intervals could be laid out.

Plus, you can expand these ideas to work on fingerboard range when soloing and other ways for how the scales and arpeggios can connect all over the guitar using this method.

The bottom line is that this is a really helpful way to study the scales, the arpeggios and a wide array of chords on the neck.

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Until next time, take care and we'll catch up again on the next lesson. Bye for now!



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