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How to learn the fretboard for improvisation: the BIG PICTURE



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How do the big pieces of guitar music theory -- CAGED, 3NPS, pentatonic scales, triads, and major scale modes -- connect together to give you mastery over the fretboard? See how the Fret Science approach ties them all into one big picture that lets you see the notes under your fingers as a palette of possible sounds to draw from. If you want to learn to improvise, this is the Big Picture.

► Keywords: guitar lesson, music theory, memorizing the fretboard, chromatic scale, major scale modes, CAGED system, 3NPS, three notes per string, intervals, double-stop harmony

► For downloadable/printable "cheat sheets" for this video and others, visit: https://fretscience.myshopify.com/

► Gear used in this video
PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo - sweetwater.sjv.io/QyLJK6
MXR Six Band EQ Pedal - https://imp.i114863.net/QOZgYM
DSM Humboldt Simplifier MKII - https://sweetwater.sjv.io/QyXLWP
TC Electronic Plethora X5 - https://imp.i114863.net/VyzWOa
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface - https://sweetwater.sjv.io/eKJ5Xj
World's Best Cables 15' (Mogami/Neutrik) - https://amzn.to/3YqxCZY

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► Other gear I use and recommend (affiliate links):
PRS Guitars - https://imp.i114863.net/LPAG0L
TC Electronic Infinite Sustainer Pedal - https://imp.i114863.net/doNAyq
TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Mini Tuner - https://imp.i114863.net/ZdnDVQ
TC Electronic Ditto+ Looper - https://sweetwater.sjv.io/5gmDEN
Digitech Trio+ Pedal - https://imp.i114863.net/5b2Xn3
Boss RC-500 Loop Station - https://imp.i114863.net/MXG1K3
D'Addario NYXL strings - https://imp.i114863.net/QOZRbx
Bose S1 Pro PA - https://imp.i114863.net/GjP5Kr
Pedaltrain pedal boards - https://imp.i114863.net/BXmQKx
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power X8 - https://imp.i114863.net/WDWLYG
Electro-Harmonix Freeze Pedal - https://imp.i114863.net/Earj0e
MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive pedal - https://imp.i114863.net/AoxDPx
Wampler Tumnus Overdrive - https://imp.i114863.net/9W43V0
World's Best Cables 10' (Mogami/Neutrik) - https://amzn.to/3lq4OlD

► Chapters:
00:00 - Introduction
01:43 - The Big Picture - what does it take to conquer the fretboard
05:21 - Recommended viewing order
14:28 - Critics and why this system works

► Recommended viewing order:
Full playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuHlX9RiFi1L1RdC0CzYa1qxZllD5Ujz&si=cOp25GnXrL28rbLQ

Individual videos:
1. Use "the warp" to reduce memorization: https://youtu.be/Qd8pyJ9A5W8
2. Master the pentatonic scale with the rectangle and stack: https://youtu.be/wzWE0dpxnmY
3. Learn the notes!: https://youtu.be/OHa2DklOeTI
4. Intervals: Guitar's secret decoder ring: https://youtu.be/3sUpoSTy8zw
5. Understand the modes: https://youtu.be/bFvTVnhmFfE
6. The best way to learn/play the modes: https://youtu.be/jrukJYI8ecY
7. Another easy way to play the modes: https://youtu.be/2IxiU96JQ7w
8. The CAGED system and triads: https://youtu.be/wzWE0dpxnmY
9. The 3nps system: https://youtu.be/CkymnwBDN9o
10. Instant harmony: https://youtu.be/G_YP-IpRfuM

► Thank you to Dave DiCenso (drums), Jeff Gilman (bass), and Jake Shapiro (guitar, cello) for providing the theme music "Sea Horses".
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