Fretboard Awareness begins with learning how to play whole steps and half-steps on the neck. This information is essential for understanding notes, scales, chords and licks, etc. You will also learn a few exercises that will help you develop finger calluses, coordination skills and strength.
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- To know the difference between half-steps and whole steps.
- Play half-steps forward and backward using all four fingers.
- Play whole steps forward and backward. Start with your first and second fingers, then repeat the exercise using your second and third fingers.
As you practice the exercises given in this lesson, strive for clarity of tone and a steady, even motion as you play. If you hear any muted tones, or buzzes, check to see if your finger is interfering with a different string than the one you’re on.
Tip: Press down hard on the string with the tip of your finger, bending it at the first knuckle just behind your fingernail.
Set aside a specific time and place where you can practice everyday and be free from other distractions. These sessions only need to be about 15-20 minutes at this point. Your goal right now is simply to develop some finger calluses, coordination and strength. This can only happen by playing on the guitar fretboard!
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