Is the Guitar Fretboard a Mystery to You?

Tired of the hunt-&-peck, trial-&-error, random YouTube approach?


Are you beginning to think there must be a better way?

  • Have you ever sat in a music theory class wondering what the rules of the four-part Bach chorale style have to do with the guitar?

  • Have you ever heard some awesome guitarist play and wondered how anybody could know so many chords?


  • Or what bizarre scale is he using that sounds so cool?


  • How about the latest cool song that you’re into? Can you figure it out on your own or do you have to laboriously work through a tab chart you got online that you hope is correct? (It’s probably not.)


  • Do you understand this symbol? 

My name is Jay EuDaly and I've been a professional, full-time guitarist for over 40 years. My method, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar, can help you remove the mystery.

What makes my method any different from the plethora of guitar education websites out there peddling guitar lessons? Well, if you really want the complete answer to that question, read A Little Story. It will give you the detailed history of this unique, time-tested & proven method, and why I am the guy to lead you through it.

The short answer is that this method takes you step-by-step through about 1,000 years of music theory evolution - NOT music theory in the abstract but as APPLIED TO THE GUITAR. As a result of doing this - not just understanding, but DOING - many things happen automatically;


  • you gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard,

  • you learn how to think about music and the guitar, 

  • you develop good technique and

  • you train your ear 

 - to name just a few things that happen organically as you work your way through this method.

You can then apply your knowledge


To get started, take these first few steps: 

  • Become a Master Guitar School site member - it's free. You will then have access to dozens of free lessons in the "Members Only" area of the website. You will also receive the Master Guitar School Newsletter. Most of the monthly newsletters contain a free lesson. Members are also periodically offered first access and deep discounts (50% or more) on new lesson series downloads when they are first published.

  • Master the first 2 Major Scale patterns given here. There are 6 Major Scale patterns given in this lesson but only the first 2 are required to get started. 

  • Communicate with me. Let me know what you'd like to see as far as lessons go. My agenda is to rewrite and format my method book, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar, into PDF/video downloads. That process is underway. You can see what's currently available in the column to the right (or below if you're viewing this page on your phone). I'm also open to doing one-off lessons on any guitar-related subject you want, in any format you want (video, PDF, webpage etc.).

  • Read the Blog. Blog categories include: Free Lessons, Technique, Music Theory, Stories, Philosophy, Questions and Answers, Rants and Musings, Product Announcements, Gear and more!

- or does it look like some kind of calculus problem?


Lesson Downloads

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2020 News

April 4, 2020: I'm discontinuing physical book sales to all but my personal students. All books are now downloadable PDFs.

Go here for content and pricing information.


March 29, 2020: Blog: Can You Afford to be a Musician?


March 22, 2020: Blog/Email to students: Lockdown Guitar Lesson


March 16, 2020: Blog: The Big Scam: Rick Beato's YouTube Rant.


March 11, 2020: March Newsletter: FREE lesson - Shuffle for Beginners, New Product announcements, Blog Links & more!


March 1, 2020: Blog: What's the Deal With Fender Picks? (Part 2)


February 26, 2020: Blog: What's the Deal With Fender Picks?


February 17, 2020: Blog: Optimum Learning


February 11, 2020: January Newsletter: FREE lesson; Unique Voicings #32, blog links and more!


February 3, 2020: Blog: The Mistake-Reboot Loop


January 27, 2020: Blog: Dating My Gibson ES-175.


January 20, 2020: Blog: Quick & Dirty 3rds


January 14, 2020: January Newsletter: Unique Voicings Lesson 31, blog links and more!


January 5, 2020: Blog: Quick & Dirty: The Big Picture

Become a MasterGuitarSchool Site Member (sign-up is FREE!) to Access the "Members Only" Area for Free Lessons and Other Offers and Events!

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