In a standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-e) the first note on the thickest string (no finger pressed on the string) is an E and on the second thickest string an A.
When you know this it is pretty easy to determine where the notes are based.
Practice this every day until you know the notes of the E & A strings by heart. you will also notice that as fret 12 everything repeats again.
If we know these by heart we can find any note on the guitar instantly.
In the 2nd drawing I used an example for the note C. I have connected the lines for all C's on the guitar neck. This scheme works for any note on the guitar.
In the 3rd drawing I did exactly the same but for the A note.
You will see that the logic is always the same
E & A string = 2 frets right and 2 strings down
D & G string = 3 frets right and 2 strings down
B & e string = 2 frets right and 3 strings up
As an example I used this method on the A chord.
If we draw the lines according to the above method we get this:
Which results in this
When you look closely you will recognize in addition to the A shape all the other chord shapes G, E, D, C also. changing the sequence of the letters gives you CAGED. The CAGED method is a very usefull method in order to find chords all over the neck. All the boxes are the A chord.
written by Peter Bos
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