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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1

Fretboard Autopsy Level 1

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Fretboard Autopsy
Scales. Modes & Melodic Patterns Level 1
Method by Rusty Cooley
Adapted By: Jim Rutkowski Supervising Editor: John McCarthy Music Transcribing & Engraving: Jim Rutkowski Production Manager: Anna-Lisa Tedeschi Layout, Graphics & Design: Jim Rutkowski Photography: Rodney Dabney Copy Editors & Proofreaders: Cathy McCarthy, Alex Palombo

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1

Table of Contents
Backing Track Listing .................................................................................................................... 3 About the Instructor ...................................................................................................................... 4 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 5 Icon Key ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Tablature Explanation ................................................................................................................... 7 Reading a Scale Diagram ............................................................................................................. 8 Tuning ........................................................................................................................................... 9 Preface ......................................................................................................................................... 10 Lesson 1: 6 String Root Modes .................................................................................................... 11 Lesson 2: 5 String Root Modes .................................................................................................... 13 Lesson 3: 12 Note Split Patterns .................................................................................................. 15 Lesson 4: 6 Tone Extended- Minus 7th (1 2 3 4 5 6) .................................................................... 18 Lesson 5: 6 Tone Extended-Minus 4th (1 2 3 5 6 7) ..................................................................... 20 Lesson 6: 9 Note Groups .............................................................................................................. 22 Lesson 7: 9-9-6 ............................................................................................................................. 25 Lesson 8: 6-9-9 ............................................................................................................................. 28 Lesson 9: Single String Technique ............................................................................................... 31 Lesson 10: Double String Technique ............................................................................................ 33 Rock House Catalog ..................................................................................................................... 35

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Backing Track Listing


Track 1: Tuning Track 2: G Ionian Track 3: A Dorian Track 4: B Phrygian Track 5: C Lydian Track 6: D Mixolydian Track 7: E Aeolian Track 8: F# Locrian

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About the Instructor

Rusty Cooley

Rusty Cooley is at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of modern guitar playing. A world renown musician and instructor who has inuenced some of todays most respected guitarist such as Mark Tremonti of Creed and John Petrucci of Dreamtheater he has performed on more than 15 albums and has seven different instructional products to his credit. His two new products Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 and Fretboard Autopsy Level 2 from Rock House have been his most well received and critically acclaimed instructional products to date. Rusty has been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Guitar One, Guitar World, Guitar Techniques and Axe. He has had his own column in Guitar Player magazine titled Metal Guru. In January 2003, Rusty was given the honor of the 7th Fastest Shredder of All Time by Guitar One Magazine and most recently was named by Total Guitar magazine as one of the top 20 fastest shredders of all time. Rusty has his own signature model guitar with Dean, the RC7 Xenocide released in 2007, He uses EMG pickups, Diamond Amplication, Morley, Intellitouch tuners, Rocktron preamps, Maxon, GHS strings, VHT, Conklin and Eventide harmonizers. For more information on Rusty, his music and his instructional products visit www.rockhousemethod.com.

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Introduction
Welcome to The Rock House Method system of learning. You are joining millions of aspiring musicians around the world who use our easy-to-understand methods for learning to play music. Unlike conventional learning programs, The Rock House Method is a four-part teaching system that employs DVD, CD and 24/7 online lesson support along with this book to give you a variety of sources to assure a complete learning experience. The products can be used individually or together. The DVD that comes with this book matches the curriculum exactly, providing you with a live instructor for visual reference. In addition, the DVD contains some valuable extras like sections on changing your strings, guitar care and an interactive chord library. The CD that weve included lets you take your lessons with you anywhere you go.

How to Use the Lesson Support Site


Every Rock House product offers FREE membership to our interactive Lesson Support site. Use the member number included with your book to register at www.rockhousemethod.com. You will nd your member number on the sleeve that contains your DVD and CD. Once registered, you can use this fully interactive site along with your product to enhance your learning experience, expand your knowledge, link with instructors, and connect with a community of people around the world who are learning to play music using The Rock House Method. There are sections that directly correspond to this product within the Additional Information and Backing Tracks sections. There are also a variety of other tools you can utilize such as Ask The Teacher, Quizzes, Reference Material, Denitions, Forums, Live Chats, Guitar Professor and much more.

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Icon Key
Throughout this book, youll periodically notice the icons listed below. They indicate when there are additional learning tools available on our support web site for the section youre working on. When you see an icon in the book, visit the member section of www.rockhousemethod.com for musical backing tracks, additional information and learning utilities.

Backing Track
Many of the exercises in this book are intended to be played along with bass and drum rhythm tracks. This icon indicates that there is a backing track available for download on the Lesson Support site.

Additional Information
The question mark icon indicates there is more information for that section available on the web site. It can be theory, more playing examples or tips.

Metronome
Metronome icons are placed next to the examples that we recommend you practice using a metronome. You can download a free, adjustable metronome from our Lesson Support site.

Tablature
This icon indicates that there is additional guitar tablature available on the web site that corresponds to the lesson. There is also an extensive database of music online that is updated regularly.

Tuner
Also found on the web site is a free online tuner that you can use to help tune your instrument. You can download the free online tuner from www.rockhousemethod. com.

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Tablature Explanation
Tablature (or tab) is a number system for reading notes on the neck of a guitar. It does not require you to have knowledge of standard music notation. This system was designed specically for the guitar. Most music for guitar is available in tab. Tablature is a crucial and essential part of your guitar playing career. The six lines of the tablature staff represent each of the six strings. The top line is the thinnest (highest pitched) string. The bottom line is the thickest (lowest pitched) string. The lines in between are the 2nd through 5th strings. The numbers placed directly on these lines show you the fret number to play the note. At the bottom, underneath the staff, is a series of numbers. These numbers show you which left hand ngers you should use to fret the notes.
rst string (thinnest) fret number

sixth string (thickest) left hand ngering

Chords can also be written in tab. If there are several numbers stacked together in a column, those notes should be played or strummed at the same time. Here are the Am and Em chords with the tablature written out underneath each diagram. Since the ngerings are shown on the chord diagrams, we wont bother to repeat them underneath the tab.

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Reading A Scale Diagram


Tablature (or tab) is a number system for reading notes on the neck of a guitar. It does not require you to have knowledge of standard music notation. This system was designed specically for the guitar. Most music for guitar is available in tab. Tablature is a crucial and essential part of your guitar playing career. The six lines of the tablature staff represent each of the six strings. The top line is the thinnest (highest pitched) string. The bottom line is the thickest (lowest pitched) string. The lines in between are the 2nd through 5th strings. The numbers placed directly on these lines show you the fret number to play the note. At the bottom, underneath the staff, is a series of numbers. These numbers show you which left hand ngers you should use to fret the notes.
rst string (thinnest) fret number

sixth string (thickest) left hand ngering

Chords can also be written in tab. If there are several numbers stacked together in a column, those notes should be played or strummed at the same time. Here are the Am and Em chords with the tablature written out underneath each diagram. Since the ngerings are shown on the chord diagrams, we wont bother to repeat them underneath the tab.

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Tuning
Throughout this program Rusty tunes his guitar to standard tuning. If you do not have a tuner you can download a free tuner software program using the membership number included with this program on the Lesson Support site at www.rockhousemethod.com.

Standard Tuning (thinnest string) =E =D =B =A =G = E (thickest string)

Quick Quote!

Repetition is the mother of skill. - John McCarthy

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Preface
By Rusty Cooley
Alright, before we get started in the actual program, I would like to take a few minutes to talk about fretboard visualization. When you look at this diagram, youre going to notice that its the open strings to the 24th fret and its showing you every location of notes in the key of G major:

When you rst look at this, it can be very overwhelming, because you look at it and you think, Wow, how am I ever going to learn that? Well you can learn it, and theres a method, and thats what Im going to be showing you today. Im going to be taking you step by step through all the patterns and positions that Ive used through the years to help me open up to fretboard visualization. Now, what youre going to eventually be able to do when you practice this stuff is look down at your guitar neck and be able to see all the notes light up in your minds eye like tiny little LEDs. Thats pretty much your road map to freedom as an improviser, and as a rhythm player or whatever. When you see the neck as a whole, you not only see the notes for soloing and improvising, you see the notes for your arpeggios, you see the notes for your chords, you really see everything. So its very important to really take every example throughout the program and always compare it back to this diagram, this is where everything comes back together. Its kind of like when you open a box to a puzzle and you look at the picture, and then you look at all the puzzle pieces in the box you wonder Well how am I ever going to make that look like this? Well, this is it. This is the method to the madness. You start, work through the program one lesson at a time, and slowly but surely, everything is going to open up to you, and before you know it, youre going to be playing all the way up and down the neck effortlessly. Enjoy!

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 1

6 String Root Modes


In this rst chapter, I will go through the seven natural modes beginning on the sixth string. Each of these patterns is based on a three note per string format. Make sure you have these patterns under your ngers before continuing on to the next chapters because many of the patterns we will cover in this program are based off of these seven shapes. Each time I give you a new set of modal patterns or shapes, keep in mind that the goal is to connect all of these scale patterns in your minds-eye so you can develop your Fretboard visualization.

G Ionian

A Dorian

B Phrygian
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C Lydian

D Mixolydian

E Aeolian

F# Locrian

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 2

5 String Root Modes


In these patterns the seven natural modes are beginning on the fth string. Just as in the last lesson, each of these patterns are based on a three note per string format. Make sure you also have these patterns under your ngers before continuing on to the next chapters because many of the patterns we will cover in this program are based on these seven shapes.

G Ionian

A Dorian

B Phrygian

C Lydian

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D Mixolydian

E Aeolian

You can also play this pattern at the 7th fret.

F# Locrian

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 3

12 Note Split Patterns


All right, lets take the elements we have learned and put them together to create some killer patterns. This rst group is what I call the 12 note split patterns. At its core, it is 12 notes from two adjacent modes.

G Ionian

A Dorian

The note in ( ) is not used when the pattern is being played forwards and backwards continuously

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B Phrygian

C Lydian

D Mixolydian

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E Aeolian

F# Locrian

Quick Tip!

Challenge Your Creative Mind


You can get even more out of practicing by analyzing and experimenting. Isolate your favorite riffs and sequences and transpose them to other keys. Try playing them at different speeds using different techniques. Hear how the notes interact with the chord progressions and apply these ideas to different situations. All of this will help you to build a well rounded improvisational vocabulary.

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 4

6 Tone Extended- Minus 7th


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In this lesson, Im going to show you 6 tone shape patterns that originate from the 6 string root modes we learned in the rst lesson. This pattern will be played through all the modal patterns across the neck omitting the seventh degree of each scale,

G Ionian

A Dorian

B Phrygian

C Lydian

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D Mixolydian

E Aeolian

F# Locrian

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 5

6 Tone Extended-Minus 4th


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In this lesson, Im going to show you another several 6 tone modal shapes that originate from the 6 string root modes we learned in the rst lesson; however, this time these patterns are going to omit the fourth degree of the scale.

G Ionian

A Dorian

B Phrygian

C Lydian

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D Mixolydian

E Aeolian

F# Locrian

You can also play this pattern at the 2nd fret.

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 6

9 Note Groups
In this lesson I am going to show you four nine note one octave groups for each mode. Make sure you get these patterns under your ngers because we will be using these extensively combined with the six note groupings we learned earlier to come up with some melodically strong patterns and sequences.

G Ionian

A Dorian

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B Phrygian

C Lydian

D Mixolydian

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E Aeolian

F# Locrian

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 7

9-9-6
Rusty alternates between a sequential pattern and a straight run through the 9-9-6 grouping throughout the seven examples. For continuity and ease of learning, the Ionian pattern is written in the straight 9-9-6 grouping and the rest of the examples are written in the sequential pattern.

G Ionian

A Dorian

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B Phrygian

C Lydian

D Mixolydian

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E Aeolian

F# Locrian

Quick Tip!

Play Slowly At First


When learning something new, dont start out trying to play it as fast as possible. Take things slowly at rst; play slow enough so you dont keep making mistakes. Build your speed over time.

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 8

6-9-9
In this lesson, I will utilize the six note and nine note shapes again to make a 6-9-9 sequence. Make sure that you download the backing tracks from the Lesson Support site and apply the 6-9-9 patterns. Transpose the 6-9-9 pattern to all the different keys once you have a rm grasp of the key of G.

G Ionian

A Dorian

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B Phrygian

C Lydian

D Mixolydian

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E Aeolian

F# Locrian

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 9

Single String Technique


Here is technique that will help you develop your linear playing on the neck. Since there are six strings there will only be six patterns and I will not reference them by any modal names since they can be used for any of the seven modes of G major. You can easily patch them in anywhere in a lead because they dont really have any tonal center.

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

Pattern 4

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Pattern 5

Pattern 6

Quick Tip!

Practicing efciently will accelerate your progress. Set aside a certain amount of time for practicing and have a routine that reviews all of the techniques you know. Create your own exercises that target weaknesses in your playing. Its important to experiment and get creative as well; try things fast or slow, light or hard, soft or loud.

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Fretboard Autopsy Level 1 Lesson 10

Double String Technique


This technique is much like the last one we just covered but here we will use two strings instead of one. This develops your vertical playing and your horizontal playing at the same time. Make sure you see each mode as you play this across the neck.

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

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Pattern 3

Pattern 4

Pattern 5

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