Guitar Exercises For Dummies
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When you’re practicing guitar, use these diagrams to show the finger positions to play major and minor scales, as well as the notes on the neck of your guitar. The latter will help you change starting notes in chords, scales, and arpeggios.

Guitar neck diagrams for major and minor scales

When practicing guitar, use these miniature neck diagrams to remind yourself exactly where to position your left-hand fingers. The headings include the scale formulas; use them to help you understand the scales’ makeup and how they compare to other scales, regardless of key. The circled dot in each diagram indicates the tonic or root of a scale or chord, which helps you find the starting note for any movable scale, arpeggio, or chord.

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Playing notes on your guitar's neck

Use this 12-fret neck diagram when practicing guitar to show you the notes in letter names for all the frets on all six guitar strings up to and including the 12th fret. It can help you move any scale, arpeggio, or chord to a different starting note. For example, if you want to move an A major scale that starts on the 6th string, 5th fret, to play an E% major scale, simply move your hand up the neck (toward the bridge) and place your starting finger on the 6th string, 11th fret.

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Mark Phillips is a former director of music at Cherry Lane Music, where he edited or arranged the songbooks of such artists as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica. Jon Chappell is a guitarist, arranger, and former editor-in-chief of Guitar magazine.

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