Master the Guitar Fretboard. Master the “A” Note.

Master the Guitar Fretboard. Master the “A” Note.


Search Engine Marketing & Usability One Students Perspective.

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You came here for find out if the “S-E-M & Usability” course from USanFran Online, or USF Online, was worth your time and your dime.

I can tell you this,  if you already had a taste of the Integrated Online Strategies course and felt you received valuable information in those lessons. You will be blown away with the content packed into the Search Engine Marketing certification.

So you want to play in the big leagues?

Understand the Internet Marketing Master’s Certification is for the big players; the head honchos, top dogs, going all the way, no holds bar,  kind of  people.  I don’t care if your business is just starting or is already a fortune 100 company dropping 20 million on  media buys.

Media marketing has met its match and they know it.  You see copywriting is still a very much needed skill even more-so when you’re going to be taking your business online.

Fire up Your Crock Pot,  We’re Cooking..

Let’s get into the meat and potatoes of  USF’s Search Engine Marketing and Usability Certification.  Which is really not an easy task when you’re working keeping the post around 600 something words, know what I mean?

The first thing you’re going learning about is how you can use search engine marketing for finding new customers and expanding the relationship with current customers,  also known as re-marketing.  You will learn a great deal of information about customer relationship management systems and if they are right for your business.

After learning the foundation information you will dive into some traditional marketing lessons about customer segmentation. You will also learn about researching the persona’s of your customers, how they  buy on-line and tips on what kind of online search marketing you will  focus on the most for your market and products.

Objection..! Over Ruled!

Now the real juice in this course comes, at least it’s my favorite part is the negotiation, law and contracting lessons.  I am a small business owner and I work with larger businesses therefore it’s important I play ball on their court just as well as I do on my own.

You get a crash course in on-line business law, of course they tell you to find your own lawyer but at least you will prepared with the right information and jargon when you do speak with your own attorneys or advocates.

You also get into even more technical details about webpage design on more of the psychological level which is really what matters when you’re after making sales or sign-ups.  This includes learning about the different personalities of consumers.  Of course what good is a website all ready to go without traffic?

To finish up the course you will be introduced to Google’s Learning Center and start working on Paid Per Click, alright it’s called Pay Per Click but hey, when everything is setup right you should be getting paid when people click on your ads, PPC secret shhhhh.

Okay I like it..Did you Skim?

Basically the course is full of great information to absolutely assist you in your career, and your business marketing, even if your new to the industry or a veteran of marketing.

Rep for my Rep..

I do want to give a shout out to my USF Rep Audra Taplin she assisted me throughout the Master Certification.  Audra is one of the few phone “sales” reps  I actually enjoyed doing business with. Why, because she knew her job, took action and listen to some suggestions I had to offer, also she never did say “I don’t know”, it’s was either the right answer or let’s find out.

Tell Audra, Richard sent you.


Mastering the Guitar Fretboard: Get a notebook and a metronome.

Mastering the Guitar Fretboard: Get a notebook and a metronome.

Mastering the Guitar Fretboard: Week three update.

After a week of practicing learning the notes on the fretboard using the one note at a time method. I have noticed a big difference in the time I am able to recall where the notes on the fretboard are on each string. My goal is to be able to recall the notes at any given time in under three seconds by February nineteenth two thousand eleven.

How to get the most out of your guitar practice time.

When you pick up your guitar and start to practice, do you have a set method for making the most out of your practice time? Until recently I never did have a plan of attack when I played my guitar. I would just pick up the guitar get on the internet and look for the tabs to some song I had in my head that I wanted to learn to play. Hours would go by and I was playing six different parts of ten different songs because I would jump around so many times in those hours. This took me no where in my guitar playing. When I finally picked one song that I to learn, play, and sing I just focused on that song. It wasn’t long before I had the guitar out at the campfire playing some songs and having everyone sing along. That is always the funnest part about playing the guitar.

Some tips for improving your practice time and playing.

You made the decision that you are really going to learn how to use the guitar fretboard for maximum efficiency in your playing. That almost sounds like to much but its just playing to get the best out of your self and the guitar. Be sure to pick a song that you enjoy and is something that can be song along by a few people when out at a social gathering. You dont even need to bring your guitar because I found that just about where ever you go there is one. Of course you could if you want to I always brought mine just encase I got bored and wanted to spice things up a bit. Now write down the song in your guitar notebook. What you dont have a guitar notebook? Go into the stack of unused school papers and junk and rip out the old notes that you never looked at anyway. Now write Guitar Notebook on it, good. Put in the following.

  • I am going to practice learning all the notes on the fretboard for at least 15 minutes first.
  • I will pick only one song to work on until I get the song memorized before I move on.
  • I will practice one scale at a time of my choice to start to expand my playability.
  • I love to play the guitar because: write in why you love to play the guitar.
  • I am going to be a life time guitar student. Mastering one lesson at time.
  • The metronome is my friend. (Get one if you don’t have one, they are free online.)

Weekly guitar practice wrap up.

Understand that daily consistence playing will lead to great results with your guitar playing. Keep your playing fun, simple, and results driven. Remember to play slow until you get the music down. Just like lifting weights, the amount of weight you move isn’t as important in relation to the right form. Break up the song, scale, or practice you are learning into sections to make it even more easy. Most importantly have fun and before you know it you will master the guitar fretboard.

Be sure to leave a comment and share with your guitar playing friends.


How to memorize all the notes on the guitar fretboard.

How to memorize all the notes on the guitar fretboard.

Master the guitar fretboard one note at a time. With a Telecaster.Why learn all the notes on the fretboard?

With so many people playing the guitar these days you hardly see anyone take the time to learn how to memorize the notes on the fretboard. Many of the guitar players just learn some songs to play for fun. I was like that for many many years as well. Not understanding what your are playing or how to really make your own style is very frustrating. Having only taken a few lessons with a guitar teacher in a music shop I picked up some basic music theory about the different modes and some scales to go along with them. What was missing from my training was the very basics of learning the guitar fretboard notes and positions.

Expand your guitar playing with this simple habit.

The very lesson that I failed to learn after all these years of playing on the guitar was learning all the notes and their positions on the guitar fretboard. Right now is the time to start to develop these simple playing habits that will allow you to expand your guitar playing greater then you can even imagine. These simple exercise will become part of your daily playing and after a short while you will be thankful you took the time to commit them to memory.

How to easily learn the notes on the guitar neck.

When I first started to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard I was going one string at a time. I would say the note out loud along with the sharps and flats from fret to fret. Then I would move down a string and continue to do the same thing over and over. The picking was alternating on each note and my fingers would not leave the previous note I just picked. Now this is a great guitar warm-up exercise but not a very efficient way to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard.

What is a better way to learn all the notes on the fretboard? After searching around the internet I found a few videos from some people teaching a method that was much better then what I was doing at the time. I am going to show you here in the video below what I learned and how you can start memorizing the notes today.

Simple habits over time make great guitar players.

As you can see this very simple way of learning the notes on the fretboard will have a great impact on your playing ability. You will notice as you are learning to play other songs that you start to recall the notes you are playing when youre using the tabs without even thinking about them. This is the power of the subconscious mind or muscle memory. Because when you are practicing this skill and you say or singing out loud the notes, your brain will develop the ability recall the information much quicker. Another really cool thing is when you start to learn scales in each mode in the future you will be able to make up and play all kinds of great solos and improvisations. This skill will put a personal touch on anything you play and allow you to become a true fretboard master. Of course this wont come over night but it will in time much and quicker than you think.

Did you feel this lesson was valuable?

Also what song did you pick for this month to learn?

One song at a time works best. I know I know, it’s not easy to do but it’s worth it.

Let me know in the comments.


Master the Guitar Fretboard

Master the Guitar Fretboard

Like most hobby guitarist I spent a lot of time learning how to read tabs. I never really focused on mastering a skill such as mastering the guitar fretboard.I remember once in the eighth grade I asked my music teacher to help me learn  to play the guitar but the only he told me was to go learn all the notes on the fretboard. So I got a diagram of all the notes and I was determined to memorize all the notes on the fretboard.

Now today many people would call this ADD or something like that but I just called it being a kid. I started to skip around and not focus on this task of learning all the notes on the guitar neck.I did however learn a lot of the cool riffs most beginner guitar players learn but soon forgot after moving onto the next best riff or cool lick. Now if you are like me then what you really wanted to do was learn how to play your favorite song or that awesome solo.

I know that people become really good guitar players without ever learning the notes or the theory but just doing so would make them that much better. Do you feel the same way?

Here I am today almost a decade later from when I started playing and I still do not have the fretboard memorized as of this post. I know scattered pieced of the notes and I can take a few seconds to find out which notes I did just play but not as quickly as I would like too just yet. I also know that I will run across some great tips and tricks that will help me along the way in learning how to really get the guitar fretboard committed to memory.

The theory and the notes may seem boring but  learning them fully will only help me and you become  great guitar players. Even if just playing the guitar for a hobby and not some kind of music career. Do you have any tips or tricks that helped you learn to memorize the fretboard? I am open for suggestions.

Of course there are lots of great videos on YouTube and some really good guitar lesson sites but sometimes sifting through all that is a pain. Do you know what I mean?

The warm up exercise I do in the video is a pretty standard guitar picking exercise. I am just running through the chromatic scale on each string. I alternate the picking for each note I fret on the fretboard. I pick all the way up the scale and back down the scale on each string starting with the high E also called the first string.

I do this at least twice all the way through. By that I mean I go down to the sixth string or low E and then back up to the first string. Some people also say its nice to just work on once section at a time. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are on your way to mastering the guitar fretboard as well.

Leave any comments, questions, or tips you have just blow.

Also Check out:  How to learn all the notes on the guitar scale.