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Chords Level 1
Bandwagon Music Studios
The Frets
The part of the neck where we place our
fingers to play is called the fingerboard or
When you look at the fingerboard on the guitar
you will see that are pieces of metal all the way
along. These pieces of metal are called fret
wires. In between each of these fret wires is
called a fret. We put our fingers in these frets
when we play the guitar.
The fret closest to the neck is fret number 1.
The fret numbers get higher as you move
towards the body of the guitar. As you move
towards the body you’ll notice that the sound
gets higher. Because the sounds get higher we
call this going up the guitar. Of course when
you move towards the head it is called going
down the guitar.
When you play the guitar with no fingers on
this is called the zero fret or the open fret.
Notice that in the same fret you could put a
finger on each of the strings e.g. you can play
fret 1 on string 1, fret 1 on string 2, fret 1 on
string 3, fret 1 on string 4, fret 1 on string 5
and fret 1 on string 6.