2: Memorize the Root note shapes!

If you are new to the Now YOU shred blog, you should start at the beginning. TO DO THAT CLICK HERE.


So you got all those root note shapes down in E right? If not, go to the first lesson and learn them.

Now, play all the roots in F (below). Notice the shapes are exactly the same as they were in E, just moved over a fret (and you are no longer using open strings). If you are not seeing the similarity, then YOU DIDN'T LEARN THE E SHAPES WELL ENOUGH. Trust me on this, you are building a foundation for everything else, you have to OWN this. 

Practice you F roots to the jam track below:


Now try it with D...



Now do the same thing in C!

Practice to the track below!


And now A:


Now G...


And what about all those "in between" notes? AKA the sharps and flats? A sharp (#) is just moved over one fret. In this case, F moved over becomes F#: 

And a flat (b) is just moved over one fret the other way, in this case, we moved G over to Gb. But wait! Gb is the SAME thing as F#!  Don't freak out, it just depends on the context of the note. You'll get it soon enough. The idea now is to learn these fundamental shapes!