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post May 28 2014, 10:23 AM
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One of the things that has seemed an unscalable mountain to me has been learning all the note positions on a guitar. I just ran across this quick lesson which may make it much easier than just sheer mental exertion....



I know there are many other lessons and methods of learning the notes of the fretboard. I have seen a couple of these (but not all of them) but they seem harder than it all needs to be. As long as you know your alphabet up to G you can learn all the notes on the fretboard in a few minutes.

So lets look at the A-string (just for sake of staying in alphabetical order and therefore being more memorable) the notes on this string are as follows:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

A, A#/Bb , B , C , C#/Db , D , D#/Eb , E , F , F#/Gb , G , G#/Ab , A

Now at first it seems a lot to remember but if you look closely there is a pattern. If we write all the notes down leaving out the sharps and flats we get: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Now instead of writing in the sharp or flats in between the notes we put | instead.

So we get:

A | B C | D | E F | G | A
(if you want G string notes, start at G and work your way through the notes to G again)

Now the pattern starts to emerge, there are no notes inbetween B & C and E & F.

So we have the pattern:

A B&C D E&F G
1 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 1
and back to beginning with the | representing the notes inbetween your "regular" notes.
and that's it. So if we now look at the B string start from open string up to fret 12 and write down the notes remembering the 1 2 1 2 pattern you can't go wrong.

By simply remembering this pattern you can work out which notes have sharps or flats easily, meaning you can then know exactly what note is where on the fretboard and you can work out the notes as you play.


I should have put the link but I already closed the window - anyway, hope this helps as it looks like a simplified way of thinking about it.

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post May 28 2014, 10:51 PM
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Hi mate, this sounds at least curious for me. What link do you have? Do you have a video?


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post May 29 2014, 08:52 AM
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For me, learning the fretboard in an organic way, was a great approach - I have described it in this thread here and there's also an exercise to go with it wink.gif

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=671081

What do you guys think?


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post May 29 2014, 10:46 AM
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@ Gab:

There really wasn't anything else on the page, no video or anything, I just did a google search on learning the notes on a guitar and found that. Here's the page: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/the...tml?no_takeover


@ Cosmin:

That is an interesting exercise but I don't see how that teaches actual note positions on the neck?
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post May 29 2014, 01:39 PM
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I just created this worksheet for myself if anyone else is interested.


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Well, my approach to this is simple. I know the names of the notes from strings 6th, 5th, 4th because it help me to play the chords. There you find the roots from the chords, so I memorized all the natural notes there. Continuing this becomes easier. First string is exactly the same than string 6. Strings 2 and 3 notes are also easy to find because I know the octave chord shapes.

In other words, I can find all the different places where the same note is because I know this structure:





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QUOTE (Spock @ May 29 2014, 09:46 AM) *
@ Gab:

There really wasn't anything else on the page, no video or anything, I just did a google search on learning the notes on a guitar and found that. Here's the page: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/the...tml?no_takeover


@ Cosmin:

That is an interesting exercise but I don't see how that teaches actual note positions on the neck?


It's pretty easy man - you take the backing and see the chord progression. Then when each chord changes, you play a particular interval in respect to that chord. Let's say we want to learn 3rds.

The chord progression is Cmaj Am Fmaj Gmaj

Play the 3rd of each chord over the chord itself on one string and say the note out loud singing it n the same time.

Then get to the next string and so on. IN the end you will know the notes, their positions and their sounds as 3rds smile.gif Then they can get other functions and so on. Hope it makes sense!


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