“Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself.”
This is true for every instrument. But guitar? It’s probably the hardest to get that good on.
Charlie Sexton tells us why:
“Guitar in general is really an idiotic instrument… the basic design of a guitar. I mean, it’s tuned in fourths except for this one string, so the odds are against all of us, from it’s inception, basically.
And so anyone that makes that a little bit easier on guitarists, you know that’s ground for sainthood, almost.”
—Charlie Sexton, guitarist extraordinaire
Let’s talk about that major third. Yes, it screws things up. A lot. It’s like there’s no logic to the fretboard!
“I can never find the notes I want fast enough on the fretboard…” Is this you?
Think! Even if you never even played piano, you just happen to know all the notes of the keyboard, where they are. Do Re Mi, easy as 1 2 3… it’s all right there for you to see. Straight at your fingertips.
Guitar players? Give them a lifetime at it, and they still don’t know their fretboard. Yes, the pros, even. It’s really quite embarrassing. Stuck holding onto the same old fingering boxes. But if you still think in fingering boxes, man… you’ll probably sound like every other player who’s out there.
With all due respect to Charlie, “idiotic” is what you call what you cannot (yet) see. Yes, the fretboard can seem tricky, daunting. But if you have the right tool, it’s easy. Under the comb, as Heraclitus once said, the tangle and the straight line are the same.
When you’re able to instantly play what’s in your head, you’re set free. You’ll spend your day creating, not on all the other stuff that doesn’t really move the needle. That’s fretboard freedom!
How many less failed attempts at improvisation? How much less time wasted trying to finish a song or piece of music you’ve started? How much faster could you read, work out, memorize music? How many more finished songs and musical pieces? How many more amazing improvised solos? How far could you go?
When you have fretboard freedom, the quality of what you make will reach its full potential. It comes natural. This is what you need to take your playing and your career to the next level. Fretboard Addicts gives you just that in fun, easy-to-follow, manageable steps that drive it home consistently, one minute of musical joy at a time.
Even CEOs… even rockstars have 60 seconds a day for fretboard freedom. Here’s one of them:
“As an artist, the most important thing for me is continually getting better.
There’s been times when I just hit a plateau on the guitar. Like, I’m this good now, but no matter how much I play, I’m still this good, and I can’t find new chords and I can’t find new starting patterns.
So when I get something or someone that opens my eyes to a new way of looking at it, that is what brings me to the next level… I have this this whole other world that has opened up for me.
Singing along was the biggest breakthrough for me. After just a few weeks of Fretboard Addicts, I was getting better at soloing on guitar, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a really long time. Singing along to the guitar notes, I’m like oh my god, I’m so much better at coming up with melodies with my voice than with the guitar.
So if I can sing it, and hear it at the same time on the guitar, then I know where to go with my fingers! It’s amazing!!
—Shanna Gilfix, Singer-Songwriter, Los Angeles
Hundreds of case studies back it up: you’ll see them unfold live on sign-up. 15 years of research, 3 years of testing with people from all over the world, people just like you, built on cutting-edge behavioral science from Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Research Lab: Fretboard Addicts is ready for you… are you ready for fretboard freedom?
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