Fretboard relations – string fret relations that matter

Pairs in relation

How are the notes on the 4th and 1st string related. What pattern does the notes on the 5th and 3rd string form. Similarly with all the other strings.

Looking at the image, if you can find out the relations between notes on the different strings, you don't need further help.

For example, note where the C note appears. There is a C on the 5th string 3rd fret, one on the 3rd string 5th fret. Note how many strings and frets you need to skip to find the same note an octave different.

In the vicinity of the C on the 3rd string, there is one on the first string 8th fret, 6th string 8th fret.

Now start with the 6th string 8th fret C and note that the first string 8th fret is also C. One more C on the 4th string 10th fret.

Remembering the String fret relations

In each of the set of relations below, Remember how many strings to skip, how many frets to skip.

Top to bottom – Right to left relations

Dots with the same color are the same note, one octave different.

Each of the relations involve skipping 2 strings.

Top to bottom – Left to right relations

Dots with the same color are the same note, one octave different.

Each relation involves skipping one string.

The 7 string fret same note relations


The notes shown on the 6th fret are 2 octaves different. Lower note on the sixth string (bottom), higher note two octaves away, on the 1st string.

Tuning relations

It's like a reset, like with a counter. Like a snake and ladder game, like a type writer.

Move a particular number of frets to the right and you will have the same note as the open string below it. Start counting from there and then you find the same note as you get on the open string below it. etc…

This makes sure that we can play long phrases and cover at least two octaves of notes without having to move too much horizontally.

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