Freedom Block Rectangles

Rectangles are parasites. They lack notes of their own, so they latch onto squares and bridge the gap between them. In other words, they overlap squares.

Overlapping rectangles and squares.

Rectangles never overlap orange corner notes. If they did the notes would turn into pumpkins.

Rectangle overlapping pumbkins

Remember IN on the TOP and OUT on the BOTTOM as you move to the right.

Picture of Niagra Falls representing the rectangle in at the top left side of a square and out on the right side lower two notes.

Play inside each of the squares below and use the rectangle bridge to jump between them.

(Notation: A5-7, D5-7-10-12, A12-10-7-5-7, D5-7)

Check notation.

Let's add another rectangle. ( New rectangle's notes are D5-2, G5-2)
(Notation continued: D7-5-2, G5-2)

Check notation.

Rectangles and squares alternate. Let's add a square using open strings.

(New square: D2-0, G2-0, B string shift B3-1) (Notation continued: G2-0, D2, B1, G2)

Check notation.

Rectangles Crossing the B string

As a rectangle crosses over the B string row 2 shifts up one fret. If both rows land on the B and E strings, the entire rectangle shifts up one fret.

Show how rectangle rows are affected as they cross over the B string.

In the next example, the top rectangle lands on the B and E strings, so it shifts up one fret.
(Notation: E3-6, A3-6, D5-8, G5-8, B string shift, B8-11, E8-11)

Check notation.

Next, only row 2 lands on the B string. This is not as easy to play.

(Notation: E5-8, A7-10, D7-10, G9-12, B10-13, E12-15)

Check notation.

Time To Solo

Scientist staring at a Freedom Block square on their computer screen.Our scientist are constantly looking for clever ways to move around the fretboard. Here's one of their latest discoveries that covers 14 frets and three octaves. Have fun racing up and down the fretboard. Of course, you can stop and noodle along the way.


Check notation.

Here are a few more stopping off places. Take it up a notch and jump on the B and E strings.

Check notation.

Two stepping squares with overlapping rectangles.


"The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else." — Brian May

No Guitar — No Problem

You can practice anytime even if you don't have your guitar. That's right, you can improve just by thinking about it. A famous study conducted by Dr. Biasiotto at the University of Chicago found that basketball players who spent one hour a day thinking about free throws improved almost as much as those players who practiced with a basketball.


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