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fenderbender  
11 Jan 2008 10:41 | Quote
United States
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I've been playing guitar for about 5 years now. I bought a CD-ROM off eBay and taught myself pretty quickly. I never considered myself much more than a good campfire player, but recently decided to start a 2-piece band with a friend of mine. Two acoustic guitars, two voices. Needless to say, I want to learn some lead now. Still taking the self-taught approach, I've learned some pretty basic minor pentatonic scales (cuz they seem to be pretty easy to learn and remember).

I've grown bored pretty quickly with these scales and really want to push my abilities. Any suggestions on where to start? Even with 5 years under my belt, I have no idea as to chord theory, circle of 5ths or any of that. I honestly don't know every note on the fretboard...don't know if it's neccesary??? I might end up taking lessons at the local guitar shop, but I don't really know where to begin.....
Guitarslinger124  
11 Jan 2008 15:20 | Quote
Joined: 25 Jul 2007
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this site is a great place to begin! as for knowing all the notes: you better start remembering...knowing the notes on the fret board is a must if you want to learn quickly, unless you have ears like dimebag darrell. first thing i would do is learn all the major scales and all the modes in the major keys. once you've got all that memorized (you can either just memorize the patterns which is what i did...im a self taught player as well...or memorize all the steps to building scales.) you will also have learned all the natural minor scales because the natural minor scale is just the sixth mode in any major key. you can check out the lesson section-there are a few lessons that take you through this step by step (specifically Bodom's lessons). or you can go to the scales section and learn them all yourself.
Notim  
11 Jan 2008 17:17 | Quote
Joined: 08 Dec 2007
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I agree with slinger,well as for as remembering notes ,open strings are Eric ate dynomite good bye eric , this helped me and the scales follow logically,slinger has some very good begginner stuff and also hand cords arent bad either,I am also a self taught person but I may be a bit diffrent,I also can memorize things(also good at math)dont know what people will think about this but it is true.Listin to the sounds and think of a color,remember the color.helps with scales(key notes)to be very honest do what ever it takes to do what you want to do,you will achieve it!
simon73  
11 Jan 2008 18:35 | Quote
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They is a small download I show someone before if I still have the link or download I will send it across to you. What it will do is show all the notes you play and the sound. I was really impressed but even little things impress me. lol

Start with the Major scale for example C major learn the notes I found say to myself c, d e and so on

Test yourself. Close your eyes (I sneak up and shout boo) and point your finger at the guitar fret now open your eyes and tell yourself what is the note. I did find this very good and useful when I started out.

But I totally agree with Slinger and Notim may be we should do a lesson on notes. Another thing okay it sound daft is to cut up some paper fold them over and pull them out of a bag and play them on the guitar this is fun. Don't worry if you make a mistake so long as you find the notes for example C major across the fretboard or A minor

Enjoy and have fun that a great lesson tip
fenderbender  
12 Jan 2008 08:04 | Quote
United States
Posts: 4
OK. I'm more than willing to do what it takes to learn, but looking at the board....anyone got any "tricks" to learn where each note is found? I can see a basic 5-fret repeating pattern, any insight to help me lock it in? I'm a little impatient, no? ;)
Guitarslinger124  
12 Jan 2008 11:08 | Quote
Joined: 25 Jul 2007
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the notes go in order of the alphabet no matter where you start on the neck.starting with an open E, next fret up is F, then F# then G, G#, A, A#, etc....check out this lesson to help you out http://all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=12


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