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Frets And Keys

John Rice (551) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Notes On The Fretboard

The fretboard diagram below has the position of every note labeled. There are some important relationships that can make it easier to understand and learn the fretboard. For example, there are 4 positions that contain all natural notes. If you recall The Circle of 5ths, you know that the key of C has all natural notes. Thus the open position, 5th position, 10th position, and 12th position all relate to the key of C. Each fret corresponds to a key in the same way. For example, the fret with 1 sharp (F#) corresponds to the key of G, whose key signiture happens to be 1 sharp (F#).

Fretboard Map

Notice also that the number of flats and sharps on the fretboard increase in pairs. For example, the 3rd position contains 1 flat (Bb) and the 7th position contains 1 sharp (F#). For every position with a given number of accidentals, there is a corresponding fret with the same number "opposite" accidentals. They are 1 sharp/1 flat, 2 sharps/2 flats, 3 flats/3 sharps, 4 sharps/4 flats, and 5 flats/5 sharps. Notice that the 11th position contains all flats and sharps.