Update: 7 September, 2020
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We have updated things a bit here, corrected a little and posted PDFs of all the Guitar "Basics" lessons and Bass "Fundamentals" for you to download so you can study them offline. We are doing some housekeeping and getting ready to get the Mandolin Lessons into the PDF format as well. It's been a little crazy these last six months and we haven't been able to update as often as we had anticipated. But we are working on a lot of stuff and hope to have some announcements in the Fall on what we're up to. Stay tuned!
We now have a Facebook page where we are offering some unique lessons and a forum for players to visit. You can learn, you can post, you can ask fellow members questions. It's a place to gather and get some inspiration and encouragement from us, and more importantly, from one another. So please join up - and tell your playing friends to come on over as well. All we ask is that you play nice and do not insult or put anyone down. We're all brothers and sisters in music here. Let's keep it clean!
You can do that here: Facebook Page
We are working on some video lessons to include on the site because some people learn better through seeing whatever is being taught over reading. These will be different than the Guitar "Basics" and Bass "Fundamentals" columns. We are committed to providing high quality video lessons in deciding to include them. They will be posted on Youtube and embedded here as well. We will have a Video section set up here for you to go to. First features will be for Guitar.
The video lessons we put up are going to be "no nonsense" in nature and stick to the subject at hand. They will flow in the following manner:
In our research, we have found that too many video lessons spend over half the time just talking to you about stuff that may be related, but which wastes your time. Our videos are going to be "down to business" and designed to get right into the heart of teaching you with minimal wasted time. Any "small talk" will be saved for the back end of the lesson.
As always, Our Policy: Constant stimulation is worthless; it is also foolish. We call this the "shark mentality". Sharks must keep moving to live. If they stop, they die. Musically, if you think you must continually put new information in or you're not learning, you are wrong. That is not learning, it is "feeding". Feeding does not nourish; absorption does. If you do not absorb information, you haven't learned anything. So we are not going to throw just anything up to satisfy the "need" for you to see something "new" on this site. We want you to return because of substance in our lessons. It is called the "quality over quantity" approach, which is a superior model. Fair enough?
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The Archive is where you can find past lesson articles quickly, and go directly to a topic you wish to study. It's slowly expanding, so if what you're looking for isn't there yet, it will be at some point. Articles of interest will soon be archived there, too, to keep the home page a little less cluttered.
The Stolen Gear Registry is here, and it's free. Thieving magpies continue to make musicians' lives very unhappy. So we have a place for you to let people know what to look for. What that means is, if you get
ripped off, let us know by contacting us with descriptions (distinguishing marks/battle scars), location of said marks/scars, and pictures of the instruments if possible. At least a URL where they may reside will work, too,
and serial numbers if you have them. Write to us here to request posting - and include relevant data for us to include.
20 April, 2020: Guitar Players: The most recent Guitar Basics column. This series focuses upon things guitar players transitioning from beginning to intermediate ability should know. It isn't meant to be exhaustive, but more a reference of what you should be somewhat familiar with as a means of gauging what you should be pursuing if you've been playing for around two to three years. It contains 26 parts (the final installment coming in June, 2017, along with a part 27 Epilogue).
25 April, 2020: Bass Players: The newest Bass Fundamentals column is here. This series focuses upon things all Bass players in transition from beginning to intermediate level should know. It isn't exhaustive, but a reference of what you should be familiar with as a means of gauging what you should be pursuing if you've been playing for up to about two to three years.
24 April, 2020: Mandolin Players: The next lesson in the Beginning Mandolin column is here. The beginning of the series starts here. Jump on into the world of this amazing instrument.
11 Feb. 2014: Worship Musicians: The most recent 'The Art Of Worship' can be found here. While you can still access all previous articles, we are revamping this column to better serve the needs related to effective and meaningful musicality in worship. We are still seeking someone with the heart to share their experience and also having the ability to convey musical concepts in a way that is instructive, informative and edifying. You can still read from the beginning here.
26 Feb. 2014: Music Theory: The fourth installment is here; the introductory Primer is here.
Posting is sporadic and will be progressive. This column is presently on hold for the moment.
We are slowly assembling material for inclusion on a yet to be started Patreon teaching account. This account will focus on guitar and be subscription based. It will feature videos and accompanying written materials. Stay tuned for further details.
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All your QUESTIONS will be answered by e-mailing me here. After all, this site is all about providing you what you need to become a better player, to improve your skills on your instrument. And as the head of musical development, I want you to understand I take a personal interest in your improvement. We are not a corporate shop, we are musicians who work in the music field, so this site may not always be updated every five seconds. You can contact me with any questions or comments - including criticisms, requests or corrections you might have. And remember: there are no stupid questions. I pledge to give a personal response to your inquiry, not a computer generated pile of nothing.
Yes, there are a boat load of guitar sites out there. But a lot of them are really not very good at all. And don't even get us started on the wasteland that is Youtube! Yes, there are good teachers on the site, we are among the few (or will be shortly). However, the Youtube repository of ineptitude and mangled guitar "experts" and their "lessons" is a minefield of bad choices. Be careful!
My name is Geoff Arnold, and I am the head of musical development for Fretboard.com. I bring over 40 years of experience as a music industry touring and studio musician (I am multi-instrumental) to the table. Why should this be important to you? You want an editorial staff that actually knows what they're doing, which is directed and focused, based on real world experience, and in presenting material that actually works, because it is used in the real world of music education; it is not based on notions, ideas and theories from people who don't have first hand knowledge from countless gigs or years of teaching experience. You want qualified professionals as consultants and contributors to this site. You want them all to be passionate about music. That's me. And that's our slowly growing staff.
Personally, my active work history includes, in no particular order, the following:
You don't get and keep these kinds of gigs if you don't know what you're doing!
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