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Counting Sheep

This is one of the first exercises in my FretBoard ABCs book.

The idea behind this exercise is to spend no more than 5 minutes at the beginning of each practice session playing through Counting Sheep. And soon enough, you won't need to Count Sheep at all.

If you can, set the metronome to 60 bpm and play along. If that's too fast, play on every other beat. Don't worry about fingering. As you pick each note, say it aloud. Better yet, sing the names of the notes on pitch.

Once you have this pattern in your head, try mentally playing through the exercise as you fall asleep at night. You'll be amazed at how much more quickly you'll learn the notes, and it can also cure insomnia!

The exercise itself was an jazz guitar lesson assignment from Buzz Chewning. Turning it into a mental imaging exercise was my idea. If you like this, click the contact button to drop me a note.

Click here to download the file.

Ten scales in order of brightness

Gary Burton, in his Coursera/Berklee Improv course presents ten scales in decreasing order of "brightness." These ten scales provide a sufficient foundation for improvising over most of the chords in most of the tunes ever written. For my guitar playing friends, I've created tab to show how these scales can be played, with roots on strings 3, 4, 5, and 6.

In places where four notes are played on a single string, I recommend that you learn first by sliding between two adjacent notes. Experiment with different pairs of notes and choose the slide that feels most natural and efficient to you.

Bear in mind that the patterns I've tabbed out here present only one of many possible fingerings. Learn these and others along the way or in sequence. Learn them in different styles, different rhythms, and with different accents. The more ways you can play them, automatically and anyplace on the neck, the better able you'll be to improvise on demand and on time!

That said, don't focus on these to the exclusion of leaning and practicing tunes or the other ways of practicing that you've found to be effective.

Ten Scales, roots on strings 6 & 4

Ten Scales, roots on strings 5 & 3

Major Scale Triads in all String Sets

Our friend BigDawgsByte from the Guitar Forums put together a really nice set of sheets that present the three-string triad forms for the harmonized major scale, in ascending and descending order, on all string sets. Thanks BD!

Here it is in guitar pro format, and here's the pdf. Enjoy!

MP3s for FretBoard ABCs

Here are the MP3s for the 28 exercises in FretBoard ABCs. The MP3s are midi files, not recorded guitar, but they’ll give you the general idea!

Exercises 1 through 7
Exercises 8 through 14
Exercises 15 through 21
Exercises 22 through 28

Selected Cycles

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