Skip to content →

How to (Finally) Learn Your Fretboard (Part 3)

Last updated on March 29, 2020

Check out Part 2 here.

3 and 7 Combinations II
We need to be fluent in recognizing intervals going in all directions on the guitar. Take a look at our 3 and 7 interval combinations again, this time from the top E string.

interval combinations
interval combinations guitar
guitar intervals
interval combinations guitar neck

Again, the idea is not to memorize these as patterns but to know where to find 3s and 7s on the fly and what they sound like in relation to the root note.

Two Kinds of 5ths
We have two kinds of 5ths available: the perfect 5th and the diminished 5th. You’ll recognize the perfect 5th if you’ve ever played a power chord. Check out where the 5ths are in the diagrams below. We’ll use C as our root again.

There are three things I want you to notice here:

1. The classic power chord shapes.

5th interval guitar neck

2. The fact that there is a 5th just below the root on the adjacent string.

perfect fifths guitar

3. What happens on the B string.

b string warp zone guitar

Basically, due to the guitar’s tuning, the B string shifts everything up one fret. Therefore, we have the same two patterns as in 1 and 2, but shifted up a fret. I find this is the easiest way of thinking about it, rather than thinking of them as new patterns.

The takeaway here then is that you have a 5th above the root in the form of a power-chord, and one below it on the same fret of the adjacent string UNLESS the B string is involved.

The ♭5 (or ♯4)
A ♭5 and a ♯4 will produce the same note. As a general guide for usage, you tend to use the ♯4 when the 4 is being modified and there’s already a 5, such as in the Lydian scale (1, 2, 3, ♯4, 5, 6, 7), and the ♭5 when the 5 is modified and there’s already a 4, though this is fairly subjective. In a Phrygian scale, for example, you’d write the intervals as 1, ♭2, ♭3, 4, ♭5, ♭6 and ♭7 to keep the numbering consistent.

READ NEXT  How to (Finally) Learn Your Fretboard (Part 8)

Here’s where to find the ♭5 on the fretboard:

diminished 5th guitar

Again, note that you can always find a ♭5 diagonally above or below the root, EXCEPT from the G string to the B string where the intervals have shifted up a fret.

Once you’ve digested all of that, check out Part 4.

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Xrp
  • Bitcoin cash
  • Litecoin
  • Monero
Scan to Donate Bitcoin to 3QMnkUCnDpurBQhgawmnnJWXhmjBrRdWCH

Support us by donating some Bitcoin to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin

Scan to Donate Ethereum to 0xce9ddc43f3fd81074652991d161be37cc641da66

Support us by donating some Ethereum to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum

Scan to Donate Xrp to rLSn6Z3T8uCxbcd1oxwfGQN1Fdn5CyGujK

Support us by donating some Xrp to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Xrp

Tag/Note:- 72456821
Scan to Donate Bitcoin cash to 35DvF8RMKbKnufPd4yKdAAKNt3quCvn4GK

Support us by donating some Bitcoin cash to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin cash

Scan to Donate Litecoin to MMxEJDz5MWiw2WGftJLPApTSjSoXnJtXtM

Support us by donating some Litecoin to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Litecoin

Scan to Donate Monero to 86PdJ1NeZGs5qqswEdv8soNWTBFyoK3oY7y4dW9QTqGRcHLg5JvtZTmKLj3RVi3gqscMosHqbUxtzYbntZB33kxwB3zkYo7

Support us by donating some Monero to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Monero

Published in Intermediate Plateau Intervals Learning the Fretboard

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *