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Learning Guitar Terminology

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by Jesse Deol on March 2, 2015

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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Guitar Lessons February 24, 2015

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Pleasanton Guitar Lessons – Rex Lee Bell

Pleasanton February 18, 2015

Pleasanton Guitar Students Rave about Rex Bell The other day, I asked 5 of Pleasanton, California guitar students if they had had other guitar instructors. Two guitar students had worked with one other guitar instructor. For two other students. I was their first guitar instructor. One student reported that I was their fifth guitar teacher. […]

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Guitar Chord Troubles

Guitar Lessons February 10, 2015

Transitioning Chords – Guitar Lessons Having trouble with chords? I know I am – particularly with transitioning. I’m sure part of the solution would be to dedicate more time to the trade, but I’m a pretty busy person so I am always searching for the most time-effective solutions. During my last lesson, Rex Lee Bell […]

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Guitar Lessons February 5, 2015

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Picking the Right Guitar for YOU

Guitars February 3, 2015

 Don’t take a Banjo or Uke to a Guitar Shredding Fest So you’ve decided you want to play? The next step is finding the right guitar for you. There are a couple of things you should consider before deciding on your purchase. For example: Choose the type of guitar that interests you most so you’re […]

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KORG Metronome – The Beat Goes On

Accessories January 27, 2015

Keeping the Beat with a Metronome Starting out playing a guitar can be difficult and overwhelming at times – keeping your fingers arched, picking the right strings, having your left fingers on the right string and the right fret, and making transitions between notes smooth, and reading music, all while keeping a steady beat. This […]

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Even More Easy Pop Bass Lines

Songbooks January 22, 2015

Supplemental Material to Any Bass Method This is a level 3 method book for advanced bassists. This songbook correlates with Book 3 of the Hal Leonard Bass Method, giving students great pop & rock songs to play while they are still learning.

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Easy Pop Bass Lines

Songbooks January 22, 2015

Play the Bass Lines of 20 Pop and Rock Songs (Bass Method) This songbook is a great resource for beginning bass players. It includes your favorite hits from The Beatles, Nirvana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton and more. See larger image Easy Pop Bass Lines: Play the Bass Lines of 20 Pop and […]

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Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1×8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

Accessories January 22, 2015

This incredible guitar amplifier made by Line 6 packs a lot of power in a small format. At only 15 watts, it is still loud enough to be heard over a block away. Features Include: 15 watts; 1×8″ custom speaker; three-quarter closed-back cabinet adds a tight, snappy response 4 dialed in amp models: Create and […]

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