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Learn The Notes, No Guitar Needed

John Rice (551) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2



Up and Down The Strings

As previously discussed, learning the notes on the fretboard is one of the most powerful skills you can develop. In addition to being incredibly useful, it is also easy to do. Basically, there are two approaches, learning the notes across the frets and up and down the strings. You will need to do both. This article will teach you how to learn the notes up and down the strings.

The table below contains each note and all of its locations on the guitar. Print the table to have a handy reference. Use the following steps to learn all the note locations. It's actually easier than remembering 12 phone numbers.

  1. Memorize the note locations for each note in the table.
  2. Work on one note at a time, in the order listed.
  3. Don't use your guitar, rather, visualize the positions on the guitar as you memorize the locations.
  4. When you can recall the all locations for a note in 1-2 seconds, then move on to the next note in the table.
  5. Do the exercise several times a day. In the shower, on the way to work, in a meeting.


A Note On Enharmonic Tones

You may notice that some fret/string positions have the names of 2 different notes. These are called enharmonic tones. Which note you call them depends on the key you are in. For example, Ab/G# are the same sound. What you call the note depends on the key you are in. For example, an Eb scale is Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb. In this case, Ab/G# is called Ab. An A scale is A B C# D E F# G# A. In this case, Ab/G# is called G#.

Most people tell me they find it easier to memorize the chart as is, rather than adding all the enharmonic tones to the chart.



Note

6th String

5th String

4th String

3rd String

2nd String

1st String

C

8

3

10

5

1

8

G

3

10

5

0

8

3

D

10

5

0

7

3

10

A

5

0

7

2

10

5

E

0

7

2

9

5

0

B

7

2

9

4

0

7

F#

2

9

4

11

7

2

C#

9

4

11

6

2

9

G#

4

11

6

1

9

4

Eb

11

6

1

8

4

11

Bb

6

1

8

3

11

6

F

1

8

3

10

6

1