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post May 10 2009, 12:43 PM
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Hiya all,

Ive been playing guitar for a while now and have a pretty good understanding of the basics. (he say`s). I started off learning the Am penatonic scale and progressed from there. However i only now scale patterns, but i dont know the notes i playing and i feel it would really help me to know where every note is on the fretboard and life would be so much easier i feel. I know the chromatic scale but wondered if anyone had any good tips on a good way to getting to know the notes on the fretboard.

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post May 10 2009, 12:50 PM
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QUOTE (thrasher @ May 10 2009, 01:43 PM) *
Hiya all,

Ive been playing guitar for a while now and have a pretty good understanding of the basics. (he say`s). I started off learning the Am penatonic scale and progressed from there. However i only now scale patterns, but i dont know the notes i playing and i feel it would really help me to know where every note is on the fretboard and life would be so much easier i feel. I know the chromatic scale but wondered if anyone had any good tips on a good way to getting to know the notes on the fretboard.

Cheers guys

Chris


You are Absolutely RIGHT!

Patterns are not the same as notes. To different chords, patterns change tonality etc, and this is absolutely vital knowledge eventually. Also, there are so many scales, and we can't go around learning their patterns, so a goal is definitely to think in notes and scale formulaes, not patterns.

Anyway, I am working with the same thing, it's just so damn boring.
I presume you know all the notes of your neck, just not by heart, yes?


the strings:

6 E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E
5 A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A
4 D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D
3 G G# A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G
2 B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B
1 E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E

Good luck, man!

Edit: And to answer your question, lol.
The best way to get acquainted is to know the octave rules, and to know the notes that are on the middle of octaves.
Example:

E: low string 0, A string 7, D string 2, etc.
Also, what helps is knowing what notes is a string below the one you're at.

If you're at a D, you know that the note on the string straight below would be a G (unless you're going from G to B string, as B string is a semitone higher, and it would be G#)

ETC smile.gif good luck again

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post May 10 2009, 12:52 PM
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There is a donationware called "fretpro" google it and DL
U could also practise arpegios and chord inversions

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post May 10 2009, 03:35 PM
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Use dots, remember all notes on dotted frets
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While you practice the scales on slow tempo, pronounce the notes, it will help you to remember them very quickly. When I say quickly I don't mean in a week, it takes time, but it will definitely help. If you know Am pentatonic patter well, learn all the notes from that first since you are most comfortable there..


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post May 10 2009, 11:56 PM
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I think the best way to learn the notes is to learn really really well the C major scale in all positions.

1- Learn the 7 shapes of the C major scale (3 notes per string)
2- While learning them be sure to sing along the pitch and the name of the note so you'll recognice them. This will help you to get an idea of the register and the note names.
3- Then combine all the positions, mix them, play the scale on one string.
4- Once you've done that work you can work the same way with the F# major pentatonic scale so you'll get the notes that you missed while you were practicing the C major (the missed notes are F#, G#, A#, C#, D#, the complement of the C-D-E-F-G-A-B to get the total chromatic scale).

I hope this helps, if you have more questions post them or send me a PM smile.gif


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post May 11 2009, 01:41 AM
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Great tip ramiro, I should do that too.
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post May 11 2009, 08:25 PM
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QUOTE (kjutte @ May 11 2009, 01:41 AM) *
Great tip ramiro, I should do that too.

Cheers for all the advice guys. Like your idear Muris in using the dots, cheers.
Had a look at that fret pro Frederik and will also use that.
Also like the idear from Ivan.
Cheers for the help and advice all. Think its gonna take time but gotta start somewhere.

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post May 11 2009, 09:07 PM
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I recommed Fretpro as well as Frederick. It's how I learnt the notes of the fretboard.
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post May 12 2009, 02:45 AM
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You can use dots like Muris mentioned, but you can also practice ONE NOTE AT THE TIME and learn where octaves are from it on all other strings.
There is only 12 notes, so you can do 3 notes a week and have 12 notes memorized withing a month time !


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post May 12 2009, 02:58 AM
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QUOTE (kjutte @ May 11 2009, 01:41 AM) *
Great tip ramiro, I should do that too.


I'm glad I helped you in anyway biggrin.gif


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