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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2019 News

November 4, 2019: Blog: Tube or Solid State?

October 27, 2019: Blog: Nightmare Gig!

October 21, 2019: Blog: Shakti: My India Connection


October 13, 2019: Blog: PRS McCarty Hollowbody II: My God-Given Guitar


October 8, 2019: October Newsletter: Free lesson, blog links and more!


September 29, 2019: Blog: The Best of All Possible Tunings is...


September 23, 2019: Blog: Free lesson! Quick and Dirty 7th Chords


September 15, 2019: Blog: Conceptual Learning


September 10, 2019: Blog: September Newsletter: Free lesson, blog links and more!


September 1, 2019: Blog: You're Not Worse, Your Ear is Better!


August 26: Blog: Guitar Players are a Dime-A-Dozen


August 17, 2019: Blog: Martin MC-28


August 13, 2019: August Newsletter: Free lesson, blog links and more!


August 4, 2019: Blog: Sound, Not Space!


July 29, 2019: Blog: Are You the 1%?


July 17, 2019: Blog: 4 Disadvantages of Self-Teaching


July 14, 2019: Blog: Arguing Over Fretboard Diagrams


July 9, 2019: July Newsletter: Free lesson, blog links and more!


July 1, 29119: Blog: A Fraction of a Second...


June 23, 2019: Blog: KC Music Talk Interviews Jay EuDaly.


June 16, 2019: Blog: Easy Money. NOT!


June 11, 2019: June Newsletter: Free lesson, blog links and more!


June 9, 2019: A blog from my Face Book feed on the trip to India.


May 25, 2019: Thanks so much to all of you who've purchased! The success of these launches enables the continuation of the process of rewriting and converting my guitar method, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar into a digital, downloadable format. Believe me when I say it's a major undertaking!


May 21, 2019: Launch for Unit 5:7th Inversions is underway! Ridiculously low prices good through Friday, May 24. Available to Site Members ONLY! Not a Site Member? Sign Up now and get the next launch email with the download links!


May 5, 2019: Launch Blog for Unit 5: 7th Inversions.

April 29, 2019: Blog: The 5th-Finger Principle.


April 22, 2019: Blog: Charvel/Jackson Model 4 with Floyd Rose Locking Tremelo.


April 15, 2019: Blog: How I Play Songs I Don't Know


April 9, 2019: April Newsletter: Free lesson: Unique Voicings, Lesson 23 / Blog links / New Product announcement / Going to India


March 29, 2019: Blog: I Can Do Anything With Anything.


March 25, 2019: Blog: Anatomically-Based Scale Fingerings.


March 18, 2019: Blog: Tribute to Ed Bickert.


March 13, 2019: March Newsletter: Unique Voicings, Lesson 22 / Blog links / More!


March 3, 2019: Blog: What's Wrong With My Hand? Vise-Grip


February 24, 2019: Blog: Where to Begin?


February 17,2019: Blog: Is There "Innate" Talent?


February 12, 2019: February Newsletter: Unique Voicings, Lesson 21 / New Product Announcement - promo video / Blog Links / Info on Master Guitar School YouTube Channel / More!


February 10, 2019: Blog: Slip Sliding Away


February 4, 2019: Blog: How Quickly They Turn


January 27, 2019: Blog: Instrument Review: Martin GPCPA 3


January 21,2019: Blog: Perils of Perfect Pitch


January 14, 2019: Blog: The Key Circle, Giant Steps and Physics

January 8, 2019: January Newsletter: Unique Voicings, Lesson 20 / Blog Links

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