Fretboard in the Key of E (Cheat Sheet)

Fretboard-in-EAs promised, here is the download link to the cheat sheet that has all the notes in the key of E.

As you can see, there are four different scale patterns shown in boxes. E major is shown both in open position as well as at the 12th fret in the standard box shape.

In orange you will see all of the E’s marked on the fretboard. Pay close attention, because this is an important pattern (the octave).

Download the Cheat Sheet

(Right click on the link above and select ‘Save Target As’)

Basically, each box represents a spot where you can play the scale in the key of E. These are all diatonic – not pentatonic. I’ll explain the difference there in another post.

Click Here For The
Guitar Scale Patterns Lesson

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSXbsf_5lEk

IMPORTANT:

If you’re just getting started with guitar scales, its quite possible this cheat sheet might be a bit over your head. I go into quite a bit of detail on the patterns on this sheet, as well as many more in the Guitar Scale Patterns lesson. It is over 2 hours of video, going into detail on the different patterns that are on the guitar fretboard – why they’re there, how to find them, and most importantly, how to use them.

Click Here For The
Guitar Scale Patterns Lesson

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billy drew
billy drew
14 years ago

Hey man, thanks for the cheat sheet…

why are the e’s orange?

Larry miller
8 years ago
Reply to  billy drew

Hey I’m Larry, I downloaded your cheat sheet in the Root of E Key. I just wanted to say thanks for the time you dedicated to this “Project Cheatsheet” application that tremendously helps people like me see the light in the simplicity of it all. I have a tendacy to make things more complicated than they really are. THANK YOU Very Much Sir. Keep up the great work. God Bless.

lesego
lesego
10 years ago

hi jonathan!i want to order one of your courses!how does it arrive to me!I am in Botswana,africa!

John Halerewicz
John Halerewicz
14 years ago

O.K. I got your Cheat Sheet But how is it used?? And…. how does it differ from scales (Pentatonic, Blues Etc.)???? can you give some examples (or samples)
Thanx jjh

patrick teto
patrick teto
9 years ago

Thanks for the cheat sheet.I’m just not seeing a pattern as I look at it.I’m very young to guitar but not young in age,and am able to replicate shapes way before every note on the neck.If you could explain the pattern on the cheat sheet so I might see it.I’d have no problem sending you money to see more.. Thanks man……

Richard
Richard
14 years ago

just trying to start at age58

gloumiko
gloumiko
14 years ago

Hi jonathan you are really helpful with all your guitare lessons thank you, thanks dude

Michael
Michael
14 years ago

jonathan you rock dude. Thanks man thats some interesting stuff.
I like breaking this stuff down like this and figuring out new ways to figure stuff out but this is awesome. Thanks again man !

Michael
El Paso, TX

Beverly
Beverly
14 years ago

I want to say thanks for the cheat sheet, and I’ll let you know in a couple days how it works out for me. Thanks Again!

Steve
Steve
14 years ago

I cannot get this to download. What program do I need to get the to download. Can you send it another way?

Thanks!

Steve

Jonathan
14 years ago

Hi Steve, you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the download. You can get it for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Bill
Bill
14 years ago

When first starting out which guitar is better the electric or the acustic guitar?

Jonathan
14 years ago

Hi Bill – the answer to that question will be different for everyone. A big part of it is the music you like – if you prefer music that generally uses electric, then go with that, and vice versa.

Electrics are a little easier to play, in the sense that it takes less finger strength to play them, but I and countless others originally learned on acoustic. I’d say biggest thing is music preference…

Dean
Dean
14 years ago

To freakin cool J. keep up the good work beleive me we all really appreciate it…

leny
leny
14 years ago

Ok i got the cheat sheet now how do i use it.

Gregory Wilson
Gregory Wilson
14 years ago

My case isn’t a scale pattern of any kind to tell you the truth,
i have an interest in writing my own bluegrass songs. and i was directed to you from http://www.ehow.com, it’s obvious that i haven’t been a fan of website links pages to begin with. And
was going to ask how can i write my own bluegrass songs?

Craig
Craig
14 years ago

Hello Jonathan, do you have cheatsheets in any keys other than e available?

stevie
stevie
14 years ago

Johnathan,absolutely great,dude!Thanks! Please keep up the good work.Like Dean says,we really appreciate it.

scarab
scarab
14 years ago

This is really cool. I think it is a great aid to learning what the hell to do after you learns the chords.
Thanks

javi
javi
14 years ago

Thanks for the cheat sheet guy,I’m 53 and trying to learn, I dont understand the sheet even after watching your video but I’ll be looking for new updates.

frank
frank
14 years ago

This is how scales should be taught. Thank You 🙂

Stella
Stella
14 years ago

Thank-you for all the wonderfull information
Happy Easter from Stella

dan
dan
14 years ago

in the dvd do you spend time on the finger patterns for scales so far i like what i see

richard
richard
14 years ago

hello jonathan

i downloaded cheat sheet for key of E but could,nt open file to read it

Sam Hamilton
Sam Hamilton
14 years ago

Thank you, Jonathan, for the DVD and the Cheat Sheet.
I will be going offline on Apr. 14th and will have another e-address in Canada,returning again in early Nov. on desoto.net again. The cheat sheet will also be a great help.
Will keep in touch!
Sam.

Joe Easter
14 years ago

After not playing for years I feel like a kid again.
Thank you

Randy
Randy
14 years ago

John I am looking for the tab for BB King’s Hummingbird. Can you give me some direction. Thanks

Will
Will
14 years ago

Thanks for your help. I learn better by watching. How about putting on a background track in E and blending the E major notes with the C#m notes over the track? Isn’t that the main purpose of your cheat sheet? To show how to connect different patterns on the fretboard played over the same key?

Michael Wright
14 years ago

Hey Jonathan…
Thanks a lot for the Scale Pattern pdf…really.
I think that’s from an old Mel Bay that I have, but it’s always really good to review the basics of the fretboard.
With all the great ‘shredders’ out there, while practicing, I sometimes find myself falling into a ‘shred mode w/ a lot of tapping, ‘n whatnot, alld straying way too far from the basics of the fretboard…so Thank You!
Peace…
MJ

Francisco
Francisco
14 years ago

thanks man, you opened up my way of looking at the fretboard. Nice information.

Tim holder
14 years ago

I’d like to hookup with some info on lead riffs and shuch so I can understand better how to tie the box patterns together,the cheet sheets realy help to see my fret board in a new way.thanks for the eye opener.Later…Tim

Keith
Keith
14 years ago

I’m a newby when comes to guitar playing, being self taught & having a teacher for a shot time I find my way around the fret board & my teacher helped fill in som of the blanks. Now that my teacher is gone & I’m having trouble finding another I find myself strugglin to teach myself, well with some websites and my books I manage to some degree,but with your cheat sheet and my soon to come I VI V DVD I’m able to move foward & feel as if I’m doing something. Thanx Man
KW

alex
alex
14 years ago

Thank you so much man. I am a VERY VISUAL person and seeing it set up like this with the different colors representing the diff. notes makes is easy…This clears up so many questions. Thank you for doing this for us. GOD Bless

Keith
Keith
14 years ago

I got my I IV V DVD this week & I took a look at it. I must say it was worth every penny, my only concern is the last 30 sec of the bar cord section stop. Is there anything that I should know with in that last 30 sec, if so could you go over that last portion of bar cords on line.

Thanx, Keith

Rick
Rick
14 years ago

Thanks, This is a good tool for us dummies or slow learners like myself out here. I thank you and so will the wife. Maybe now things will sound like a real song!!!!
Rick

Adriana
Adriana
14 years ago

Hey! super helpful! i’ve taken classes and always wondered about the box patterns! teachers always wanted to stick to the pentatonic scale or the blues scale! grrr it makes much more sense! thanks for the cheatsheet! 🙂

wayne kenworthy
wayne kenworthy
14 years ago

John
Thanks for the scale cheat sheet

Thomas
Thomas
14 years ago

Thanks, I’m just having trouble reading the scales and labels off to the side because the fretboard illustration is so small.

Also, you might consider displaying the fretboard horizontally, as the perspective would be if one were looking at a guitar neck in hand.

michael dupille
14 years ago

Hey Jonathan

I downloaded the cheat sheet (many thanks) but the text to the right
of the fretboard is garbled-I know it’s the identity of the key positions but I can’t read them.

I have a Mac-any thoughts?

Michael

Clifford
Clifford
14 years ago

Jonathan, i got the cheat sheet but don’t understand it. I noticed you sent a dvd download to explain it to another person, I would like the same if possible. Thanks a million and if i get this figured out I’ll sent you another reply.

Keith
Keith
14 years ago

Hey Jon, I have the cheat sheet for the key of E, & I keep getting more for the same. Can I get a cheat sheet in another Key like maybe A or C.

Miguelazo
14 years ago

This is perfect for me since I sing many of my songs in the Key of E. I’m not a lead guitar player, but I do play a lot of riffs.

Thanks!

Miguelazo from El Paso, Texas

HAT
HAT
14 years ago

This sheet is very interesting. The E major is understandable why we should know it. However, how many songs are in C# Minor? And what’s a root 5 & 6? HAT

DJ
DJ
14 years ago

Kinda hard to see your fingers when you are doing the taping without a close-up shot.

How about TABS to help make it clear(er)?

keith
keith
14 years ago

thank you, for the workable sheet of scales, guess i;ll practice them for awhile still working on cords and struming and note playing with jamarama. looking forward to getting into the guts of this guitar. have a great weekend keith

Mark
Mark
14 years ago

Hello DJ, Just wondering why you didn’t show the kids a useful pattern like a Em scale? Seems like most of your audience would be interested in contemporary music, not musicals. Just wondering why, I have been playing for 44 yrs and I still focus mostly on a minor pattern and vary after that.

max
max
14 years ago

i am only interested in BASS guitar info….thx

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