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Seriously, how many frets do you use?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by matrix, Oct 30, 2020.

Seriously, how many Frets do you use? (normally) Up to....

  1. 3 Frets and a Capo...they call me the cowboy

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  2. 5...There is no money above the 5th fret

    9 vote(s)
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  3. 12 ... after that it is all just repetition

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  4. 15 ... ain't no space for my fingers after that

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  5. 18...its getting tight up here...

    105 vote(s)
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  6. 22. That is what a Tele has, that is what I will use

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  7. 24...My dentist went broke and sold me his guitar

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  1. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I feel exactly the same way. About guitar.

    As a bassist, I go the total opposite direction.

    I’ve always said that the entire outlaw country movement was played on four string basses in standard tuning. 99% of it was in the key of “D”. If that worked, and it did, then there is no need for a five string bass.

    But then again, I play guitar to be melodic and expressive. I play bass to provide a foundation, support the band, and basically lay brick. It’s what it’s for. I absolutely despise self-indulgence and/or soloing on a bass. I won’t do it. When I have the need to express myself in that fashion, I strap on a guitar.

    There is a reason I play both (played bass for years before I played electric guitar) and it’s that they are two completely different instruments with different purposes. They satisfy two of the very many different musicians who live in my head in very different ways. Which is why I suppose I have such different feelings about traditionalism regarding them.
     
  2. MAXXFIELD

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    Everything repeats After 12 so it's not a mystery up there.

    Fret 22 on B string gets you an A which is the same note as fret 17 on the high e string. So technically unless you are requiring the 5 semi tones higher than that A you don't really need to venture up there.

    I'll use the classic pentatonic shapes in the key of B minor that puts me at the 19-22 Fret range all the time but it's no different than the 7-10 Fret range shape wise B minor other than sound (octave difference) and it gets cramped up there.
     
  3. thesamhill

    thesamhill Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    "ain't no space for my fingers after that"

    Nailed it! :lol:

    I'd need some sort of fingertip surgery to be able to play higher than the 15th.
     
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  4. telemnemonics

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    I've said it here before but originally I just wanted to be like Rick Danko, laying back with eyes closed, holding down the bottom and singing my heart out.
    Once I started playing I discovered that Darwin or God or whatever delivers our feature set had something else in mind for me.

    IDK really know for certain if there's something I'm "supposed to do" in life but partly due to ADHD I have and endless maddening stream of ideas taking over my head space and when I pick up a bass I start walking, and walking toward wanking.

    Guitar seems to have more room to stretch out and blow, where music convention has a different plan for the bass player.
    Also I live in the no mans land between rootsy Rock and Jazz, too dumb for Jazz but too busy for roots Rock.

    Unless a singer provides shelter from my wayward thought stream by replacing it with an emotion stream.
    All I want to do is play my heart out, but my durn head keeps interrupting.

    Not the worst first world problem though...
     
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  5. Tommyd55

    Tommyd55 Tele-Holic

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    ANytime I am ordering a neck , if I can get it with 21 that's what I do.. Like the clean look without that ugly over hang..
     
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  6. guitarsophist

    guitarsophist Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Well, after seeing this thread, I checked and it turns out my tele and my strat, both MiM, have 21 frets, but my LP has 22. I never counted before. I play all over the neck but never really past the 17th fret, so it hasn't been an issue. Beyond that, it gets mighty small and shrill.
     
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  7. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I play all over my 22 fret electrics
    and my 20 fret acoustic.

    If I had a 24 fret guitar I'd certainly play all over that
     
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  8. Linkslover

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    I use all the frets, but I only play the high E string. :(

    LL
     
  9. jman72

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    All of them. That's what they are for.
     
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  10. gentlyweeping

    gentlyweeping Tele-Meister

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  11. matrix

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    Want to mention this because a couple of people have helpfully pointed out that the notes repeat after the 12th fret.

    For me the gap is between knowing the principle and "just knowing". Anywhere between 1st and 15th frets, I just know exactly on any string, any fret what the note is. There is no moment of working it out. I know the note name like I know my name. Higher up I can "work it out" quick enough based on intellectual knowledge - like that it is a repetition of lower frets, or interval relationships with some of the notes in that range that I do recognize. But that "just knowing" is absent.

    When I was more of a beginner, I did not think that "just knowing" was important. I could work everything out with shapes and the guide notes I did know, so why bother? Now that I do know, I see that I was being lazy (or at least ignorant of the importance), and it held me back.

    Part of the internal musing that led to the survey was wondering to myself if I should put the effort in for the remaining frets. Both memorization and all the technique accommodations that seem necessary.

    Thanks for all the response so far...fascinating to see the results and comments roll in on this.
     
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  12. ajaxlepinski

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    I have a few leads that use that 22nd fret and that high Emaj chord.
     
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  13. drmordo

    drmordo Tele-Holic

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    I play the whole neck, however many frets there are.

    I will add that I have mostly played 22 fret guitars, which makes it easy to employ the two extra frets on my 24 fret Burns Brian May, but makes it a bit hard to lose one fret on my 21 fret Tele. I find myself reaching for the 22nd fret and there's nothing there.
     
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  14. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    up around 17 or so my eyes can't focus anymore and my aim is bad ! I think I only play a few tunes where I'm up there in the clouds , otherwise I'm mostly in the 17 and under range . I don't think I ever played much past 17 in the last 45 years regardless .
     
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  15. AlbertoMilanese

    AlbertoMilanese Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Maximum of 15 frets. What*`d you wanna use those scratchy high notes up there for anyways... that`s what soprano saxophones are for!
     
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  16. Pineears

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    Made me look, I’m due for a refret.
     
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  17. jazztele

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    My guess is I don't get above the 15th too often. But im not against it.
     
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  18. TwangToInfinity

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    i dont use the high ones very often
     
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  19. Willie Johnson

    Willie Johnson Tele-Meister

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    Sometimes I'll hit that high octave note way up the fretboard like BB did. I just figured out that I can use the chrome cover of my Tele neck pickup to fret a high E.
     
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  20. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    I dont get much play over 18 or so but enough to say I do use them all
     
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