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Fretboard Secret Handbook (2nd Edition)

Fretboard Secret Handbook (2nd Edition)

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Fretboard Secret Handbook (2nd Edition)

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185 pages
52 minutes
Jun 17, 2017


★ Private memory techniques help to memorize scales and musical note positions on the guitar in 10 minutes

★ Combine musical intervals, chords, arpeggios, key modes and practice mantras to let you play more freely on a fretboard

★ Practical examples and licks enhance your playing techniques as well as the familiarity of scale graphics.

We use the most effective memory technique; the concept of “Image Memorization Method" (according to experiences, it can be achieved in 10 minutes) can help your brain memorize scale graphics on the fretboard in a short time and also to teach you enhancing practices and methods of application.  In addition to stimulating your thinking of musical notes and fingerings on the fretboard, the most important thing is to help you be able to cleverly apply scales and chords as well as their matching via the familiarity of the fretboard.

During performances, it is the main goal of this handbook that you know the scale positions where your fingers are located at any time. 

In addition, this second version handbook has more demonstrations than the first version as well as clearer and plenty of explanations.  In addition to the faster and efficient memory fretboard, the rich contents lively combine various kinds of practice as well as thinking methods.  And this better allows you to obtain great achievements in such as intervals, chords, arpeggios, key modes as well as musical concepts. 

If you──

● Just want to play easy musical notes but you can never find the right positions,
● Want to leave playing and singing along level but you cannot find the directions, 
● Want to improvise solo performances but you often get the musical notes wrong, 
● Encounter a situation where your hands slide to a different fret position then you don’t know how to play,
● Have a bunch of fingerings which the more you memorize them the more you are confused,
● Want to know more about the guitar,
“Image Memory Methods” can fix all problems! 


1 : Building Blocks for Natural Scale
▲Distribution of Notes
▲Building Block Pattern
▲Switching to Numbers

2 : Position Graphic of Octave

3 : Other Relevant Scales Graphics
▲Pentatonic Scale Graphic
▲Harmonic Minor Scale Graphic
▲Melodic /Jazz Minor Scale Graphic
▲Modal Scale Graphic

4 : “One String Three Notes” Pattern Graphic
▲Natural Scale
▲Harmonic Scales
▲Melodic/Jazz Minor Scales

5 : Building Blocks Moved to Fretboard
▲Individual Practices on the Fretboard
▲Duo Building Block Set Pattern Practice
▲Chord-Matching Practices
▲Playing the same melody on different positions

6 : Horizontal Shift of Building Blocks
▲Horizontal Moving Practices
▲Horizontal Moving and Natural Musical Scales

7 : Building Blocks which Combine Other Graphics
▲Combining Circulation Graphic
▲Combine Octave Interval Graphic

8 : Uses of Interval and Double-Stop
▲Perfect Fifth & Perfect Fourth
▲Major / Minor Third
▲Major / Minor Sixth
▲Perfect Eighth
▲Major / Minor Seventh
▲Clever Uses for Each Interval

9 : Performances of Chord and Fill-Ins
▲Inversion Chord
▲Using Inversions to Replace Original Chords
▲Chord+Fill-in Performance

10 : Arpeggios which Add Melodic Tastes
▲Major Chord Arpeggios
▲Minor Chord Arpeggios
▲Arpeggios and Building Block Graphic

11 : Trainings on Key Mode
▲Key Mode and Chords
▲Finding Notes with Differences
▲Key Modes and Chord Progression

Jun 17, 2017

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First, Clear Your Head 》


Chapter ONE : Building Blocks for Natural Scale

▲Distribution of Musical Note 

The distribution graphic of musical notes on the guitar is formed basically of two reasons:   

1. Tuning

About the six strings of a guitar, under a standard tuning, starting from the thickest sixth guitar string is a low E, the fifth string is a low A, the fourth string is D, the third string is G, the second string is B and then to the first and the highest note E string.  If we use a staff note to view this, it is like:

2. One half note is one fret

On a guitar fretboard, every move of one fret is a half note distance; two frets then, is a distance of one whole note.  For a natural major scale CDEFGAB, distance between the musical notes is as below (W=whole note; H=half note):

C (W) D (W) E (H) F (W) G (W) A (W) B (H) C

Hence, their distributions on the guitar become a graphic below:

For a distribution graphic like this, in addition to the understanding and calculation of scales as well as continuous playing until you are familiar with the positions, what other methods do you think that can allow us to quickly memorize it?

▲Building Block Pattern

Now we can use the most suitable pattern memorization method to help everyone memorize scale positions in a faster and more efficient way. 


First let’s section the patterns in groups and from left to right, the grouping rules are: 

2 frets, 2 frets, 3 frets, 2 frets and 2 frets

This way, every grouping pattern looks like building blocks!  The concave and hollow of neighboring graphics are complementary, placing 5 pieces of graphic together then you will get a

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  • (5/5)
    The first edition of this book was an epiphany and simply astounding. The visual simplification is a godsend. Years later, coming to this second edition, I am wanting to freely find and navigate diatonic intervals and it is all here. Amazing!