Fretboard Logic Book I and II OK this is a lot of questions, and sorry about that. But here we go. Chords/Barred I have a question about the Fretboard Logic Book. All of his barre majors are barred all the way across the fretboard. However, the Open D chord only plays with the 1-4 strings, so why would you barre it all the way across? Another inconsistency is that the D chord he shows barred only has the 6th string "x"ed out. The other one is the A chord. He shows it open as strings 1-5. But he shows it barred as 1-6 strings and all strings played. Should not the barre chords be played in the same form as the open chords, that being, if a string is not played in the open form, then it should not be played as a barre chord? Next: I understand now that all of the chords (well, there is one set I forget that a guitar player said was "kind of" its own chord and not derived from the Majors, theoretically, but you could still form them from the majors) are derived from the major chord forms. So that was an "a ha"moment for me. But my problem is what if I want to use a C without barring? Or, rather, how many times am I going to use a barre G form at the 5th fret? I'm just trying to figure out what I should be getting from the barre chord exercises that I'm seemingly missing. I mean, ok, so you can barre off the "A" open chord and make all the other major chords with it down or up the neck using the musical alphabet. One thing I was told early on is that you'll most likely be using partial chords (for blues/jazz/rock-fusion) most of the time anyway, or some form of them. So, now what? Just keep practicing major barre chords up and down the neck? I mean it seems like a trip to the Dom7,9,11 would do me more good. I'm assuming that if I can barre a C I can barre a C7 also, but then that's only one voicing anyway. And barre chords are really hard for me. I don't mean partial where you only really barre off one or two, maybe three strings, but full barre is really hard (and how often will I use a full barre anyway?). So I find myself spending an inordinate amount of practice time on them. Next topic question: I'm just finishing part one. I can in degree barre all of the major open chords up the FB and count them off fret by fret and form by form by location and vice versa--same shape different chord vs different form same chord. I understand how the counting works on the fretboard vs the musical alphabet being sharps up and flats down, and that between B, C and E, F there are no flats or sharps (don't know why but I just go with it because I understand this is theory and I don't even really care "why?" at this point--it is what it is). Scales: I already new the Pentatonic shapes, but it was interesting to find that that all of the scales are really called by the CAGED names, that is, “A” shape, “G”shape. I mean I can start with the A pentatonic form, find that open chord and move up the FB until I find the right "key." Then, the other forms just fall up or down from that position/form in the same CAGED series--I think that is correct, but I just learned or am learning it that way since yesterday. If correct, it makes it much easier than learning the "A minor pentatonic/blues," and then trying to move that around itself--yes, I know it's the same thing, but it just makes more sense to think of the forms, the "shapes" as CAGED forms, not "pentatonic 1st position" or what have you. You just find the key and that's it for a pentatonic shapes, which are CAGED, not 1st position, etc. I've just started learning the lead scale "forms" vertically. I think C and G are the only two, and again, I don't know why that is. I assume that's because due to the unique aspect of the guitar, all of the other "notes" or chord forms are contained within those two forms? I don't know how it all works together, or why there is only a C and G vertical shape for the pentatonic. I mean I know the light bulb hasn't gone on yet between all the theory, but I can live with that because I can feel it starting to make sense. So my question is, what am I not getting that I should be getting here? What should I practice now--just go to part two of the book and do that? I could stay inn part one forever it seems--lol--0and not "get it."