THE FRETBOARDIST (Complete Mastery Of The Guitar Fretboard)
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THE FRETBOARDIST (Complete Mastery Of The Guitar Fretboard)

About the Book

FRETBOARDIST: Complete Mastery of the Guitar Fretboard is a practical book with a theoretically inclined approach which will help you to easily navigate your way through the intricacies of the guitar fretboard and unlock the possibilities of string permutations in a very simple and progressive way. In this book you will learn everything about the guitar, the fretboard, left hand techniques; and you will also acquire an absolute motor skill that will skyrocket your creativity both melodically and harmonically beyond your imagination.

About the Author


SYLVESTER AKLAMAVO is of both Nigeria and Republic Of Benin Background. He left the University of Ibadan as a Geology Sophomore to pursuit a Career in Music. He studied under Music Professors and further equipped himself with other private guitar tutors, guitar instructional Books and Videos. He also acquired some affiliated online certificates in Jazz improvisation and music business from Berklee College of music. He has worked professionally in virtually all styles of Music in His career; from Juju and Fuji music, High-life, Maskandi, Reggae, Gospel, Funk, Jazz and Rock and has also shared the stage and performed with great artists like: Bob James, Salif keita, Femi kuti, Alvin Slaughter, Israel Houghton, Abraham Laboriel, Harvey Mason, King Sunny Ade, Lionel Loueke, Sadao Watanabe, Gerald Albright and Jimmy Dludlu to name a few. He is a Recording Artist, Producer, Blogger, Private Guitar Tutor and the Band leader of The Band “SYLVESTER AKLAMAVO & MITON BAND” 

Table of Contents


The guitar

How to tune you guitar

Basic music theory

The Tablature and how to read Guitar Grid


Scales construction Modes Intervals

Double stops Octaves


Major scales across the entire fretboard using your left-hand fingers as position markings

The octa-directional movement and notes per string playing


Basic chords or triads in root position


The CAGED system approach to understanding the fretboard


7th Chords in a 4-strings combination Harmonized scales

Quartal harmony

Roman Numerals

Chord extensions

Altered chords

Symmetrical chords



Open & close voicing

Shell voicing


Drop 2, 3 & 4 chord voicing

Slash chords & Polychords

Common tone Drills


The difference between Chord embellishment and chord Substitution


The advantages of mastering the tonic sol-fa/ Solfege


Important and common techniques to improve your dexterity.

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