The Best Way to Learn Your Neck (MAKES YOU WANT TO LEARN!)

Learning the neck is not just one of the best, but it's one of the only options for a guitarist to really master the instrument. If you want to know keys and scale intervals, and if you want to write riffs and play great lead, then you need to learn how to build a strong awareness for your guitar fret-board... 






Most of us don’t spend enough time working on really effective ways for understanding how the neck works - which is costing every guitar player not only the chance to build the best awareness for the instrument that we can - it's costing us the understanding for how music works on the neck.


In this video, I show you the best way to learn the neck for a better awareness of scales and tonality with a 3-string shape that anyone can memorize in only a few minutes by realizing just one small (but important) understanding of the way you can use this powerful shape. 






In this lesson I’m going to show you the best way to learn the neck across the all-important lower string groups. 


This low string group area (that we are going to study), is easy to learn once you know the note locations for how everything is laid out and the layout is easy to memorize - there’s practically nothing to it.


But, what is most valuable is how incredibly important it is to learn how to navigate using the notes of the shape we’ll cover because these notes are the most important ones for locating root notes on the fingerboard. 

Once you can become familiar with the 6th, 5th and 4th guitar string note names you’ll be able to use them to learn to play pretty much any song that you encounter moving forward in your musical studies.


So, grab your guitar and I’ll begin by showing you how to get into learning this shape as it sits on the guitar fret-board, so that you can take it and start using it right away to learn your neck at a much higher level of awareness!


Example 1). The note group, (you can see below), is very easy to understand because it is so linear and geometrical. We refer to this layout as, "Double Whole-Steps."



The red dot is going to be our target tone and it functions as our Minor Key root. The layout is called a double whole-step MINOR layout due to the two-note distance between the root and the other tones. This layout will always occur in every key that we have in music.


Every key that we use to learn and compose a piece of music in will have this double whole step shape. 


This shape is always behind the root in Minor keys:



And, it will occur ahead of the major key root in major keys.



Example 2). Above the middle note of the MINOR double whole step pattern is another important tone. This tone is called the, "relative tone."


Relative in this example refers to the Major key root in relationship to the root of our double whole step pattern. It also functions as a color tone that’s called the "Minor Third."





Example 3). Below the Root of the Double Whole Step Minor Pattern is another important tone. It’s called the “Perfect 5th.” 


The 5th is a tone which can offer us a lot of impact in a riff or in a melody line, so it’s important to learn about where it is and what it can offer.

Coming up next, I’m going to review all of the notes of this important double whole-step shape. Plus, I am going to show you a great sounding riff that will help you integrate all of this into your guitar playing.


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Example 4). The shape that you see below right now is the complete diagram of all of the important tones associated to the "Double Whole-Step" layout on the neck. 




This shape can be moved anywhere and it is very important because it covers the critical major and minor tonality “the relative key roots.” Plus, it offers guitar players a way to understand important intervals like the third and the fifth.


Example 5). Now that you understand the overall layout of the shape and you know how the tones connect everything, let’s wrap things up by learning a riff that functions entirely within the fret-board shape we just reviewed.



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