SMG Guitar Lesson #7: The Holy Grail of Guitar Mastery!

If there is such a thing as a “Holy Grail” of great guitar playing, it lies within mastering the five octave positions and how they correlate with intervals.


In a previous lesson, I shared with you a kit for making your own musical compass, which is a handy little tool for making all of this a whole lot easier. We’ve also previously discussed the five octave positions and a proven method to help you memorize all the notes on the fretboard. If you need to review or go back and do your homework, you can access previous lessons: HERE. You’ll need to be caught up to date before you tackle this weeks lesson!


You can think of intervals as a measurement of the distance between notes. Although intervals get their names from the degrees of a major scale (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) they are used for all sorts of applications far beyond just figuring out major scales. Intervals are the secret to understanding the structure of any chord or scale in any key.

I know this is a lot to take in, so for the sake of simplicity, we’ll take a look at a couple of easy examples:



Of course, you could argue that you could just learn the scale patterns and movable chord shapes, but then you’re only learning “how-to” play but not “why” it sounds the way it does, which, while it may be more instantly gratifying, creates long-term blind spots and roadblocks when it comes to really mastering the guitar.

It’s important to remember; there are hundreds of chords and thousands of scales, (in other words anything you could ever dream of playing on guitar!), – and it all boils down to the intervals and five simple octave positions.

– And this, my fellow friends, is the “Holy Grail” of great guitar playing! – If you can grasp it, then you have greatness in your hands!

If you’re ready to begin mastering this stuff once and for all, you can get your copy of my e-book on chord inversions right here:


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