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Unlocking the Fretboard

Instructor: Richard Lundmark Topic(s): Exercises Style(s): Any Style Level(s): Intermediate, Advanced

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1. Unlocking the Fretboard - Introduction
Richard Lundmark
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Any Style
Greetings Guitar Slingers! The goal of the ”Unlocking the Fretboard” tutorial is for you to be able to break free from the stereotypical ”box”-playing and be able to have our playing and ideas flow all over the neck. Before launching head on into this tutorial I want to to review the order in which my improvisational tutorials are t...

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2. Unlocking the Fretboard - Part 1, The key vertical exercises
Richard Lundmark
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Any Style
So how do we get from A to B? How do we go from strict ”box” thinking, to literary thinking “outside the box”? Well as the great Miles Davis said “First learn the rules, the break them”. What does this mean then? Well, first we need to learn the boxes you’ve seen in the introduction by heart, and what the notes of ...

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3. Unlocking the Fretboard - Part 2,The key horizontal exercises
Richard Lundmark
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Any Style
In this exercise we will start to expand our thinking, and start to see the scales horizontally, and begin to truly break out of the box. In the first one we do the same 4-note, 2-string idea as in the vertical exercises, but this time we move across all positions. You will also see that I have shown what this would look like on the next set of strings. You...

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4. Unlocking the Fretboard - Part 3, The key diagonal exercises
Richard Lundmark
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Any Style
Well guitar slingers! Now we’re starting to go places! In these exercises we will start connecting the boxes diagonally, which is a great way to open up the fretboard by moving more naturally across the neck. Once you got these down, you will have the starting point to go in any direction. To have this kind of holistic approach is also essential when ...

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5. Unlocking the Fretboard - Part 4, The key holistic exercise
Richard Lundmark
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Any Style
In this exercise will we take a short sequence or ”lick” if you may in the A blues scale and pay that in varied fingerings all over the neck. The scale parts we will use are… the whole thing: The line we will use is a five note idea, starting on the fifth, ending on the root, descending the A blues scale. Only thing here is that we will...

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6. Unlocking the Fretboard - Part 5, Putting it all together
Richard Lundmark
Level: Advanced
Topic: Exercises
Style: Any Style
So, without further ado, here's the example promised in part 4. As with previous things, do not just practice this as a lick, but try to think about how the lines pass through the positions of the boxes, and also how other scales are utilized throughout. Well guitar slingers, thanks for joining me in this tutorial. Now, I highly recommend you continue on th...

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