Improve your fretboard knowledge with this rut-breaking ladder exercise from my upcoming book on learning the fretboard. This exercise can be applied to any sequence of notes, such as a scale, mode, or arpeggio.
It is a simple exercise that is extremely effective if you use it properly. It does two things.
- It forces you to think about the notes as you play them because you don’t play them in a normal sequence.
- It breaks ruts because it helps you practice in a non-conventional way.
This exercise is simple. In other words you use the following steps:
- Play a note of the sequence.
- Skip over the next note and play the note after that one.
- Play the skipped note.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you complete the sequence.
In the example below, I use the natural notes (no sharps or flats) on the 1st string. I recommend playing it with other note sequences, such as the major scale. You are not limited to a single string. Feel free to use the technique with scale patterns across multiple strings.
To maximize your learning, don’t use tablature so you force yourself to read the notation.