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Grandslam15

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are there any good exercises to help you learn all the notes on the fretboard? I got all the notes on the 6th and 1st string memorized as those strings use the same notes and there in the exact same spot..but the notes in the middles strings...5,4,3,2....are the ones Im having more trouble with memorizing.
Any good exercises to learn the notes and be confident about knowing the notes?

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are there any good exercises to help you learn all the notes on the fretboard? I got all the notes on the 6th and 1st string memorized as those strings use the same notes and there in the exact same spot..but the notes in the middles strings...5,4,3,2....are the ones Im having more trouble with memorizing.
Any good exercises to learn the notes and be confident about knowing the notes?

Slipin Lizard

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Check this link out, its a game you can play that will help you memorize the fretboard:

http://www.fretboardmaster.com/fretboardgame.html

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Check this link out, its a game you can play that will help you memorize the fretboard:

http://www.fretboardmaster.com/fretboardgame.html

JonChorba

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Joined: 11/26/10

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Originally Posted by: Slipin
Check this link out, its a game you can play that will help you memorize the fretboard:

http://www.fretboardmaster.com/fretboardgame.html


Thats pretty cool. I'll be sharing that with my students!
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Originally Posted by: Slipin
Check this link out, its a game you can play that will help you memorize the fretboard:

http://www.fretboardmaster.com/fretboardgame.html


Thats pretty cool. I'll be sharing that with my students!
Looking for Guitar Lesson in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? Check out my Guitar Lessons In Arlington website!

hpcrazy

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Actually what helps is to know that there are only 12 notes anyway.

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

and then it start from the beginning again. This you have to know by heart.

Now you have the 6 strings

E
A
D
G
B
E

now you just fill in the form above and thats it. Cool

HP
My lessons at guitartricks.com
HPCrazy.com

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Actually what helps is to know that there are only 12 notes anyway.

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

and then it start from the beginning again. This you have to know by heart.

Now you have the 6 strings

E
A
D
G
B
E

now you just fill in the form above and thats it. Cool

HP
My lessons at guitartricks.com
HPCrazy.com

Grandslam15

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Joined: 03/14/09

Posts: 48

Thanks for the tips everyone! I'll start working on it!

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Thanks for the tips everyone! I'll start working on it!

hunter1801

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Another thing you can do (might take a little longer but I think it will engrave it into your mind better) is to start by memorizing the "dotted" frets. Frets 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 and the open string of course. Do this for just the top 2 strings for maybe a week. You know you can visually see the numbers of those dotted frets, so all you have to do now is memorize the letters instead. In a week, add another string. Another week, another string.

Once you have them all down you'll have a pretty good basic visual. Then it's just a matter of applying what hpcrazy suggested and fill in the missing frets. Since you'll have practically every other fret already memorized (dotted ones) you should be able to quickly thing what is the one to the left or right of it. Makes it easier than trying to just memorize from 1-12 on every string.

Make sure you don't rush it. When I say a week, it could even take longer. Don't fool yourself into thinking that it's easier than it is. Memorizing the fretboard takes time so just make sure you put the time into it.

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Another thing you can do (might take a little longer but I think it will engrave it into your mind better) is to start by memorizing the "dotted" frets. Frets 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 and the open string of course. Do this for just the top 2 strings for maybe a week. You know you can visually see the numbers of those dotted frets, so all you have to do now is memorize the letters instead. In a week, add another string. Another week, another string.

Once you have them all down you'll have a pretty good basic visual. Then it's just a matter of applying what hpcrazy suggested and fill in the missing frets. Since you'll have practically every other fret already memorized (dotted ones) you should be able to quickly thing what is the one to the left or right of it. Makes it easier than trying to just memorize from 1-12 on every string.

Make sure you don't rush it. When I say a week, it could even take longer. Don't fool yourself into thinking that it's easier than it is. Memorizing the fretboard takes time so just make sure you put the time into it.

KynMan

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Joined: 01/28/10

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fretboard

Another helpful tip is the harmonics. Example the 3rd fret sixth string is the same note as the 4th string 5th fret.m good luck

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fretboard

Another helpful tip is the harmonics. Example the 3rd fret sixth string is the same note as the 4th string 5th fret.m good luck

hunter1801

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Originally Posted by: KynMan
Another helpful tip is the harmonics. Example the 3rd fret sixth string is the same note as the 4th string 5th fret.m good luck


I think you mean octaves

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Originally Posted by: KynMan
Another helpful tip is the harmonics. Example the 3rd fret sixth string is the same note as the 4th string 5th fret.m good luck


I think you mean octaves

Joe Pinnavaia

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What really helped me was doing one string at a time and saying the note names to myself as I went up the fretboard one step at a time.
Another thing that helped was taking a diagram of the fretboard and writing the notes out on that so that I could see the fretboard. Doing this was an activity that pushed me to memorize the notes.
Visualizing is the next step where you can see the fretboard without actually playing the guitar and know what the notes are.
You can check out this article about some visual techniques.

http://www.shredaholic.com/fretboard-visualisation.html

Thanks,
Joe Pinnavaia
http://www.joepinnavaia.weebly.com

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What really helped me was doing one string at a time and saying the note names to myself as I went up the fretboard one step at a time.
Another thing that helped was taking a diagram of the fretboard and writing the notes out on that so that I could see the fretboard. Doing this was an activity that pushed me to memorize the notes.
Visualizing is the next step where you can see the fretboard without actually playing the guitar and know what the notes are.
You can check out this article about some visual techniques.

http://www.shredaholic.com/fretboard-visualisation.html

Thanks,
Joe Pinnavaia
http://www.joepinnavaia.weebly.com

Dan Acheron

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Joined: 11/29/10

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Nice article Joe! I will definitely try some of those visualization techniques!

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Nice article Joe! I will definitely try some of those visualization techniques!