Essential Fretboard

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Get Lost In The Music, Not On The Fretboard

If you want to play blues guitar but feel lost on the fretboard, you’ve found the right place. Essential Fretboard is one of the simplest, most organized systems for navigating the fretboard for blues and rock.

I don’t use 300 chords or know 50 scales, so I won’t teach you that. Instead, I’ll show you what matters the most for blues and blues rock guitar. You’ll learn the essential chords and soloing shapes that I use every day. If you’re looking for a simpler, easier to use fretboard navigation system, you’re ready for Essential Fretboard.

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Course Tour

You should know what's taught in this course before buying. So here's a tour through the course, with a description of each lesson.

  • Lesson 1
    How This Works
    What You'll Learn

    Lesson 1 introduces several key teaching tools that will be used throughout the series and explains how they are to be used.

    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 2
    Building The Map
    What You'll Learn

    Lesson 2 teaches you how to build a 1 octave map on the fretboard highlighting several key ëlandmarksí to help you visually position the chords and soloing shapes taught in later lessons.

    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 3
    E-Form Chords
    What You'll Learn
    • Learn the E-Form shape and where the name comes from.?
    • Learn several different grips for holding the chord?
    • Learn how to alter the E-Form shape to create a minor chord?
    • Learn how to find and play the I, ii, iii, IV, V and vi chords as E-Form chords.?
    • Learn a simple progression played entirely with E-Form chords
    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 4
    A-Form Chords
    What You'll Learn
    • Learn the A-Form shape and where the name originates.?
    • Learn how to make the A-Form into a minor chord?
    • Learn how to find the IV, V and, vi chords as A-Form chords.
    • Learn how to substitute A-Form chords into the progression learned in the previous lesson.
    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 5
    Partial G-Form Chords
    What You'll Learn
    • Learn the Partial-G form and compare it to the full G-Chord form.?
    • Learn how this chord is a big part of the Jimi Hendrix and SRV sound.?
    • Learn how to find the I, IV and V chords as Partial-G form chords.?
    • Learn how to substitute Partial-G form chords into the progression learned in the previous lessons.
    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 6
    The 5 Essential Boxes
    What You'll Learn

    This lesson presents the 5 Essential Blues Boxes concept.??

    • Learn how to position the boxes onto the one-octave map?
    • Learn the sounds of each box?
    • Learn how to alter the sound of each box with different notes
    • See and learn a 24-bar solo using all 5 boxes with tablature
    Included
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
  • Lesson 7
    The Sliding Box 1
    What You'll Learn

    Learn a simple technique for soloing over the IV and V chord that allows you to capture a different sound than youíd normally get when using the 5 Essential Blues Boxes.

    Included
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
  • Lesson 8
    The Backdoor Pattern
    What You'll Learn

    Learn the repeating pattern of notes that can be used to ascend the fretboard and connect the boxes using the lower strings.

    Included
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
  • Lesson 9
    The Triangles
    What You'll Learn

    Learn how these simple triads can dramatically expand your soloing vocabulary.??

    • Learn 3 different ways of playing the triads ?* Learn how to use the triads over the I, IV and V chord?
    • Learn a simple 12-bar solo played entirely using these shapes.
    Included
    • Lesson Video
    • Tablature
  • Lesson 10
    7th Chords
    What You'll Learn
    • Learn 3 different forms of 7th chords?
    • Learn how to use 7th chords for the I, IV and V chords?
    • Learn a 12-bar rhythm played entirely with 7th chords.
    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 11
    9th Chords
    What You'll Learn
    • Learn a simple 9th chord shape for the I chord?
    • Learn a simple 9th chord shape for the IV and V chords?
    • Learn a simple 12-bar rhythm played entirely with 9th chords.
    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 12
    The Shuffle Patterns
    What You'll Learn
    • Learn what a blues shuffle is?
    • Learn how to play a shuffle pattern over the I, IV and V chords?
    • Learn several different shuffle patterns?* Learn a12-bar rhythm played using shuffle patterns.
    Included
    • Lesson Video
  • Lesson 13
    Putting It All Together
    What You'll Learn

    In this lesson I explain how to apply what was taught in this course and how you should view the different sets of shapes and chords as different tools sometimes used for very similar tasks.

    Included
    • Lesson Video
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Course Features

We put a lot of work into making these courses easy to follow, but most importantly effective. Here's a list of features this course offers.

  • Instant Downloads

    As soon as you buy this course, you'll be able to download a zip file containing the entire course. The files are not encrypted, locked, or protected in any way. You own them forever.

    • The videos will play in Quicktime Player or iTunes.
    • Tablature is provided in GuitarPro and PDF formats.
    • Backing Tracks are in MP3 format.
  • iPads / Tablets

    Because we use standard video and audio formats, you can download our courses onto iPads, or other tablets. You just need an app (like Goodreader) that can download and unzip files.


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How To Buy

  • Essential Fretboard

    Downloadable videos, tablature, and backing tracks for **Essential Fretboard**. More details..

    $55.00

Bundle Options
  • Essentials Collection Bundle

    Downloadable videos and materials for all courses in the Essentials Collection. More details..

    $191.25  ($225.00)
    You save 15%.

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