Kyle has been a guitar student of mine for 2 1/2 years. He loves to play classic rock, blues, and just jamming with friends in a band. Over the last few years I have seen him make amazing improvements in his musical reading and fingering techniques. Kyle is a wonderful student and a amazing young man. In fact, I think that other parents will like him so much, that I have decided to invite him to be a student teacher for “Guitar Confidence”. [click to continue…]
Whole Steps vs. Half Steps on the Guitar Neck
One of the things I often find confusing, most likely because I am still learning, is guitar terminology. During my last lesson with Rex Lee Bell in Livermore CA, I’ve finally drilled in what it means to move up or down a whole or half step. Steps are intervals – they describe the distance between two frets. Fret one is closest to the head and the count increases as you get closer to the body.
The same rules apply to any string. There is a starting note, interval spacing and a destination note. A half step is equivalent to one fret space (between a starting and destination note). A whole step is equivalent to the distance of two fret spaces between starting and destination notes. So, if you are to move down a half step from the 3rd fret, you end up on the 2nd fret; if you are to move up a whole step from the 1st fret, you end up on the 3rd fret.
At times, your sheet music will call to play an F-Sharp note, indicated with a # (sharp) symbol. When you see a # in front of a note, it means the note has been raised half a step and will be played on a fret higher. If a # is placed before a note, it affects all notes on the same line/space following that measure. The three F#s are:
- 1st string, 2nd fret
- 4th string, 4th fret
- 6th string, 2nd fret
Playing these notes might be a little difficult at first, but it becomes quite easy after just a few go’s at it.
Stay tuned for more guitar terminology clarifications in future blogs!
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