Monday, April 29, 2013

Learn the notes on the guitar fretboard

Why is it important to memorise the notes on the fretboard? - Firstly knowing the notes will help you to quickly navigate your way around the fretboard not just for finding notes but also to locate chords. Secondly you will begin to see patterns which helps when structuring solos, riffs etc. Thirdly it will help you to learn songs faster. So what's the best way to memorise the notes?

Memorising the notes on the fretboard
Memorising all the notes on the fretboard is actually very easy and just 5 minutes a day for a month and you will have it down. Here is what you need to do.

1. Learn the chromatic scale. Just remember a simple rule. B and E have no sharps.

A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G.

Note that the sharps can also be called flats. E.g. A# can also be called Bb.  

2. Memorise the names of the open strings. The best way to remember anything is with a completely ridiculous saying. The more ridiculous the better. So here goes..

Easter Bunny Goes Driving At Easter (for kids)
Easter Bunny Gets Drunk At Easter (for adults)

Now you know the chromatic scale just begin from each open string and work your way up the neck.


Exercise. Try finding one note on each string. E.g. Find the C note on each string as quickly as you can.

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