Questions tagged [fretboard]

The fretboard is a thin, long strip of material, usually wood, containing frets that is laminated to the front of the neck of an instrument.

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White dirt in jatoba fretboard

My brand new JemJR has weird white dust inside wood. I already tried to clean it using some paper and water. It looked perfect right after cleaning it, but it returned once the fretboard was dry. ...
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Possible to place a chord diagram summary before the music notation in MusicXML or MuseScore?

Is it possible to place a chord diagram summary (fretboard legend) before the score music in MusicXML or MuseScore? If yes, then how? Background: The chord diagram summary (i.e. fretboard legend) ...
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On instruments that use frets, where's the best spot to press a string on, in order to minimize hand fatigue and potential for injuries?

I know this question sounds completely subjective at first sight, it even triggered the automatic "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed" alarm, but please read ...
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Is it safe to use water to clean (rosewood, ebony, maple) fretboards?

It's common to see in message boards, forums, and news groups that using water to clean a fretboard can cause problems, or is otherwise advised against. It's not normally explained why, or if it only ...
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Does guitar fret spacing solely depend on the length of the string?

On a typical guitar, the fret board has certain spacing between each fret. Does the spacing of frets on a guitar solely depend on the length of the string? Meaning if I have multiple guitars of ...
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Regularly applying oil to a guitar's fingerboard: how necessary is it?

Reading this question about how to apply lemon oil to a guitar's fingerboard got me thinking, how necessary is this practice? Checking around forums, seems that some people argue that it makes no ...
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Guitar exercises for precision and accuracy

I started with metal guitar a little more than a year ago, and mostly learned all this classic Metallica stuff from the 80's like Master of Puppets. Now I can play it up to speed, I can even play it ...
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How the position of a chord's notes is determined on the guitar fret board?

It seems the position of a chord's notes on a guitar fret board should obey some rules! As an example; why, in Cm chord, the G note on lower E String is not in count? I'll be thankful if anyone can ...
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Guitar beginner - What does this card show?

I am a beginner (just had 4 hours with a teacher) and I bought something where I can read the notes for the fretboard to better learn them. Also there was a card included with the following prints: ...
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Is fingers pointing towards each other a problem when fretting a guitar

I've been practicing the guitar for a few months now and am currently learning a song that requires me to slide from the 10th and 12th fret on the A and B string down to the third and fifth frets, ...
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Physics of Guitar frets and sound

I understand how Guitar works. Pitch/Frequency of sound produced depends on length of vibrating string. So we have different frets to product different notes. Fine. However I am curious to understand ...
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Are fretless stringed instruments used mainly for melody?

Just wondering if fretless stringed instruments like a violin or oud, by fretless does it imply that they are used mainly for melody? In contrast to an instrument like a guitar, that has frets, does ...
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Faulty fretboard

My acustic guitar (Fender cd-140sce) is 2-years old, played an average of 1hour a day, and appears to have developped the following problem. For several combinations of strings and positions on the ...
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Is the CAGED system the main way for learning the guitar's fretboard?

Just curious if there's alternatives to the CAGED system? I've googled but most alternatives aren't nearly as popular, 3NPS is one of them. So is CAGED the main way to go about learning fretboard ...
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Every A note on my guitar sounds awful

I don't know why, but when I play the note A anywhere on the fretboard, it sounds horrible, especially on the 6th string. I'm not sure how to describe it but it sounds almost like if you played to the ...
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Where in the guitar fretboard do you play the composition

I am relearning guitar by myself with the help of the web. I have studied music theory and started to sight read. When I have easy sheet music for the guitar (Ode to Joy for example), I tend to play ...
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Identify fretboard wood

Hello this fretboard is made of rosewood or ebony?
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Playing All Guitar Notes With a MIDI File

I'm trying to do this: 1. I open FL Studio to play all 88 keys of a piano. 2. FL Studio's Piano Roll begins with C0 which is two octave below C1 of a real piano. 3. So you have to go from C2 up to C9 ...
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Left/right hand coordination on guitar, fretting wrong strings, while playing melodies

I'm having trouble with my left/right hand coordination. I'll either fret the wrong string, or pick the wrong string. I'm trying not to look down at the guitar because I know it's a bad habit, but ...
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12 String guitar going out of tune around the 8th fret on the high e, b and g

I just bought my 12 string guitar and the g,b and high e string go out of tune when i play it around the 8th fret i'm really getting worried. I'm wondering if its a problem with the type of strings it ...
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Learning notes on the fretboard

I was reading this book on music theory, i just want to confirm with everybody here if my understandinng is correct. See screenshot below On the B string 1st fret and 3rd and also on the E string 1st ...
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Why do these chords not have these repeated notes?

So I constructed a B-chord using the intervals for a major, M3 and m3 in that order which gave me B-D#-F# from the CDEFGABC order I saw. Then I started to construct a B triad which gave me those ...
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How does longer guitar necks with more frets affect the sound?

I was thinking about an upgrade of my 24-fret RG guitar. Even though it's a «shredding» piece of instrument, I wanted to set up low-output pups on it, but then… some guy told me that this long neck ...
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What method for learning the guitar fretboard is most effective?

I am wondering whether there is a method for memorizing the fretboard that works best for other guitarists. Drills that are disconnected from the act of making music are less effective for me - I can ...
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What are the advantages of larger frets on a guitar?

My Telecaster has frets with a noticeably higher and wider profile than the frets on my strat. Was this the result of someone's personal preference or did Fender have another reason for the choice of ...
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Which diagram is correct?

I have the following two diagrams that represent the notes on every fret of a guitar This is the E major chord on the guitar: First, there are 7 notes (E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, and D♯) in the E chord ...
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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

I have learned all the boxes, of let's say, the major scale. How do i play this across the whole fretboard? When people solo, they play a scale across the neck. So how i do this? Everyone that i know ...
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G string out of tune but only when played open

So I figured out I can tune my G string just a little flat so all the frets sound in tune, except that, of course, leaves open G sounding like F#. What should I do?
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know by heart difficult chords on guitar

After years of playing guitar by self study i know all the chords but i still strugle to find my way freely on the guitar especially with inversions and other unique chords. Is this a matter of ...
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How do I know which position to use when I'm playing by ear

I come from a piano background ( and I know enough theory to read intermediate piano sheet music) and I want to learn fingerstyle guitar. but It's so difficult because there is more than one way to ...
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Memorizing fret board intervals

Fret board intervals; When playing and looking at the guitar fretboard, is it best to mentally use pictorial patterns, (chords, scales, modes, arpeggios) to help in the (my) solo direction, or ...
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B string buzzing during A chord

I'm relatively new to guitar and have been learning on an electric (SG). I often practice acoustically (without an amp), and I'm having some trouble with the open A major chord. My position for the A ...
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My acoustic guitar guitar fell to the ground, can it be fixed?

I'm having a concert tomorrow and was rehearsing today, my acoustic guitar fell to the floor 'cause the strap broke. When I picked it up, at first sight wasn't broken, but when I played, the fifth ...
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Fingers touch adjacent strings while playing chords

I started learning guitar from March '17. And I have just started learning chords. And I am facing a lot of difficulties. The most important of them is that, irrespective of how I place my ...
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Why is a zero fret so uncommon on guitars in spite of all the advantages?

Given the many advantages of using a zero fret on a guitar (as cited in this excellent answer Advantages of a zero fret) and given that with a zero fret it is easier to play chords that call for ...
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What is the purpose of a zero fret on a guitar?

Some guitars have an added fret just after the nut called a "zero fret": What is the purpose of this? Is it to enhance playability at the bottom range of the instrument (by making the first fret ...
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Is it possible to change the position of the frets of an electric guitar?

Is it possible, and how would I go about changing the position of the frets of an electric guitar, for example making some frets a quarter tone sharp or flat? As another more difficult example, would ...
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How do you transform tune or hum in your mind to actual music on guitar

Whenever I heard solos ,especially phrase solos that goes along with some phrase of the song, I wonder how you guys(experienced and professional musician). Imagine a certain tune or "hum" and ...
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Two equal E notes on guitar

I was having a thought at why does E on 1st open string and E on the 2nd string, 5th fret have a different timbre or colour if you like? While them both being a single E in one octave while ...
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Bass guitar: how to avoid sound when string hits fret

I picked up the bass a few months ago, and I've noticed that when I'm playing something, the strings make loud clicky sounds when they hit the fret. This happens especially when I'm trying to play ...
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Action, pickup to string distance, and bridge setup for a Gibson Flying V

I received a Gibson Flying V in 2010. Ive never been very good at the tweaking of guitars, but recently I've been getting some fret buzz. Most noticeably the seventh fret of the low E, (B), and when I ...
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Tuning a 38 inch Guitar

Should I tune a 38 inch guitar same as a standard 41 inch guitar (i.e. E A D G B E) or some other way? Another thing, I have dots on frets 5, 7, and 9 only. Is it normal? Asking since standard guitars ...
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Is a slight amount of fret buzz acceptable when lowering the action on a guitar

I recently took my Ibanez RG into the shop for new strings (same gauge as original) and asked them to lower the action. It came back with a significant amount of fret buzz (pretty much all over the ...
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2nd and 3rd frets on G string are a bit higher

Just noticed that notes on 2nd and 3rd frets on G string are a bit higher, while starting from 4th frets are okay. It was ok sometime ago. What could be the reason? Frets themselves seem fine.
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How can I play my Venus Special without hurting my fingers?

I have a Venus Special. It looks good but it is hard to play. My fingers hurt while playing the guitar. What is the solution?
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Whats are some ways of visualizing notes on guitar's fret-board if you come from piano background?

I come from piano background and it's been really difficult to visualize the notes I'm playing on guitar. On piano it's simple - they follow sequentially. So, my question is - what is the best way to ...
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Fluidity exercises for beginning guitar

I've been playing guitar for close to two years now, and still at quite a novice level. I play on a nylon string classical and I want to get better at moving up the fret board with my fingers and ...
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Why are guitar fret boards wider at the 12 fret than at the nut? [duplicate]

Why are fret boards wider near the bridge and taper of when it gets to the nut? Is this the case with most guitars and if so why. Just for reference I'm referring to this guitar that mentions it is ...
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Running out of fretboard

I was wondering, how often does it happen to "run out of fretboard" like Tommy Emmanuel (almost) does in this video around 0:30 ? Do you ever feel limited by the range of the guitar while improvising ?...
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Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

I have an ESP Ltd H-101 fm and the fretboard seems to be drying (maybe?) Can I use coconut oil on the fretboard instead of lemon oil or other oils specifically used on fretboards? Also what are the ...