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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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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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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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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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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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Identify fretboard wood

Hello this fretboard is made of rosewood or ebony?
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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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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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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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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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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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What interval should frets be placed for the Tar (Persian Lute)?

I have recently come into possession of a Tar. But I have no idea how to place the frets on this instrument, which are made of gut (feels a bit like twine) tied around the neck. How do I determine ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards

Is there a difference that's based on feel or sound - why are they the two most widely used choices?
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Guitar fretboard diagram generators

I am looking for simple ways to communicate to people note patterns on the guitar. It seems like modern technology like computer generated diagrams would be an appropriate way to accomplish that. ...
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Black stains on my fingertips after playing a new guitar

I have a 2 week old Schecter Hellraiser Extreme with Ebony fingerboard. Came with factory Ernie Ball strings. I noticed the last few times that I've played it (it only has @ 7 total playing hours on ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets?

I've seen fanned frets on some extended-ranged classical and electric guitars. What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets? Are there any drawbacks?
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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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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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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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Scale length with incorrect bridge position

What would be the issue/effect of having the bridge too far away from the nut on a large fretboard with standard fret sizes? For example, a 24 fret board with 25.5 inch scale fret spacings, but a ...
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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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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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What can be done about a buzzy sitar-like fret?

I have an acoustic-electric guitar, which I took home new about 10 years ago. Lately I've noticed that the G on the high E string (third fret, play it all the time) has started to sound like a sitar. ...
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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 ...
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Acoustic Guitar | How to adjust the gap between the strings and the fret board

I have a 2 year old acoustic guitar . Over the period of time there's a huge gap that has appeared between the higher frets and the strings. What has caused this gap? and How do i fix this.
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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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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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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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Position of white dots in guitar fretboard

I was wondering why the white dots in the fretboard are usually placed in fret numbers 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 21. I know that their general purpose is for counting, but what I wonder is: Why ...
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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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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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Electric guitar trapezoid inlay protruding from fretboard

I have a Gibson SG Standard that I've had for about 8 years. The trapezoid inlay in the third fret is starting to protrude from the fretboard. I felt it when I fretted a note on the third fret one day....
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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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Guitar string not in tune with itself

I have a knock-off telecaster made by Stadium. The strings on it refuse to be in tune with themselves (the G and B strings especially). I hooked it up to a tuner and tested the intonation. The G ...
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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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How to find the best solution on the fretboard for the sequence of notes in a music?

The fretboard allows several possibilities, but how to choose them in order for the music to flow better and with good sound quality? In the pratical and correct way, of course. I see for example a ...
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Binding on Guitar Neck Cracking/Peeling/Splitting

I bought a guitar about 6 months ago from a guy in Chicago, getting it shipped all the way to Australia. When it arrived (Epiphone Sheraton II) i noticed that there was somewhat of a crack on the neck ...