View Full Version : Learning the notes on the fretboard

01-12-2005, 05:13 AM

I am learning the notes on the fretboard. I would like to be able to name a note right after touching it.

It is slowly progressing.

What would you consider a good method to learn with maximum efficiency ?

Thank you for sharing your little method! :cool:

01-12-2005, 08:08 AM
a simple search could have turned out much more useful

here (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5024&highlight=FRETBOARD)


here (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6996)

01-12-2005, 08:19 AM
sight read sight read sight read. Sight read anything and everything. If it's notated then read it. Even if it's in tenor cleff or something weird. Dedicate 1/2 an hour to this a day and you will see benifits in all of your playing. Oh and it doesn't help much unless you have a metronome to force you to continue and not go back if you've made mistakes.

Then once you can adequately read up to the 12th fret, start improvising where you don't play the note unless you name the note. Use a metronome, or a backing track and just play 1 note per bar. Then 2, then 3 and so on. At first you'll have to say them out loud, but eventually you'll just know where you are.

Start practicing scales where you name every note. Then see if you can name every note you play while you chord along to whatever song you like. This gets very tricky and the sky is really the limit at this point.

If you are so inclined, eventually you can get to the point (so I've heard) that you can know the notes well enough that you can construct complex 4-6 note chord voicings by manipulating the notes on the fretboard rather then memorizing a bunch of shapes...same thing goes for scales, but the former is much more challenging, yet it does lead to near perfect voice leading.

Good luck, you'll need it...but trust me, the benifits are limitless.

01-12-2005, 09:57 AM
In addition to silent-storm's post:

Think of the notes which are in each chord. Learn inversions of that chord. When you haven't got the guitar in hand get a diagram of the fretboard and map out all of the notes in a key you are a bit uncertain in. I try to do this once in a while. Using eight such diagrams, I map out all of the chordtones of each diatonic seventh chord on the first seven diagrams. Then I play connect the dots and try to get new and interesting voicings. Lastly I write out all of the notes in the same key on the last one.

Such diagrams could be found here: http://zentao.com/guitar/theory/neck-diagrams.html

Los Boleros
01-12-2005, 03:18 PM
I never set out to learn the notes on the fretboard cromatically but by learning the notes of a key and practicing the keys through the cycle of fifths, it became clear.

01-12-2005, 05:41 PM
okay thank you ! I just didn't think of looking at other post sry !

01-23-2005, 06:00 PM


practice it with a metronome. Set tempo and name a note at every beat. This is pretty simple and gives good results. I learned all notes on fretboard in 1 week.
Good luck ,

02-02-2005, 07:29 AM
Some good post here. Check also this article.