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Why Blank Neck Diagrams Are Important
Blank Neck Diagrams Help You Memorize The Fretboard
Blank neck diagrams are important to musicians for several reasons. First, blank neck diagrams can help you memorize the notes on a fretboard. I would suggest writing out the chromatic scale notes on two separate blank neck diagrams, one for sharps and one for flats. Next, I would then write out the natural notes (A B C D E F G) on another diagram. Use these documents as study aids, and quiz yourself from time to time.
One tactic your could try would be to see how fast you can locate and write down the notes in forward or reverse order on a specific string. This is a good method to test your knowledge of the fretboard and the chromatic scale.
Blank Neck Diagrams Help You See Patterns
Secondly, blank neck diagrams can help you see patterns that occur on a fretboard. For example, writing down only the “A” or “E” notes on a blank neck diagram will help you see the pattern of octaves that occurs on that fretboard. This can help you vastly improve your knowledge of the instrument and make you a far better musician. Understanding octaves is one of the best ways to improve your knowledge of chords, scales and arpeggios.
Try timing yourself locating and writing out all of the “A” notes or all of the “C” notes on your fretboard. Then, repeat this exercise every week. If you do this, you will see massive improvements in your speed in finding specific notes on the fretboard. This way when the pressure is on during a solo, you know exactly what you notes you can and can’t play.
Blank Neck Diagrams Help You Learn Scales
Thirdly, blank neck diagrams are useful in mapping out scales. You can use highlighters in different colors to see which notes are in a major scale, a minor scale, or a pentatonic scale. This technique can be especially useful in mapping out different positional scales. For example, you can use separate blank neck diagrams to write out the pentatonic scale in all five positions for a given key. You could also use the neck diagrams to write out the five positions of modes.