The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11497   Message #86307
Posted By: bseed(charleskratz)
13-Jun-99 - 01:54 AM
Thread Name: Fretted instruments. Why (3), 5, 7, 9, 12?
Subject: RE: Fretted instruments. Why (3), 5, 7, 9, 12?
Of course there's also the harmonic relationships--the note at the fifth fret is the fourth note in the string's scale, at the seventh is the fifth note: an E played above a barre at the fifth fret is an A; above the seventh fret, a B (the subdominant and dominant chords in the E Scale). This works for all other first position chords as well. The twelfth is the octave fret.

Another purpose of them, of course, is to help the player note and chord positions on the fingerboard (the spots are visual guides to positions near them as well as on them).

--seed