Learn and Master the Guitar Fretboard in 6 Days

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In this lesson I will try to help you learn and master the guitar fretboard in 6 days.  Why learning the guitar fretboard is important? Knowing the notes on a guitar fingerboard (especially the notes on the 6th and 5th strings) will help you find chords and scales up and down the neck. It will help you to change and understand chords. (For example you might have questions like these – how do I flat the seventh in this major 7 chord? Why is this chord minor instead of major?).

By knowing the notes on a guitar fingerboard you will be able to create chords and scales on your own. It’s also a first step toward reading music.

Things you should know before learning the guitar fretboard:

  • The notes get higher in pitch as you go up  up the fretboard.
  • Whole steps and half steps: A whole step is two frets and a half step is one fret.
  • Sharps are one fret higher: For example the note on the 6th string 3rd fret is G, so the note on the 6th string 4th fret is G#.
  • Flats are one fret lower: For example the note on the 6th string 5th fret is A, so the note on the 6th string 4th fret is Ab.
  • Fretboard markings are useful. Most guitars (except classical guitar) have fretboard marks somewhere on the neck indicating the 5th, 7th, 10th and 12th frets. Become aware of these signs.



Now let us start learning the guitar fingerboard.

DAY 1: Starts the day by memorize the names of the open strings.

notes of the open string

After you can remember them, label the strings on the following blank diagram. Do it from memory, cover the previous diagram with your hand. The 6th string has been named for you.

Exercise #1

open strings exercise

Exercise #2

Answer these questions aloud, and fill in the blanks.

  1. What is the letter name of the third string?
  2. Which number string is the B string?
  3. What is the name of the fifth string?
  4. Which number string is G?
  5. What is the name of the sixth string?
  6. Which number string is A?
  7. What is the name of the second string?
  8. Which number string is E?
  9. What is the name of the first string?
  10. Which number string is D?

DAY 2: Memorize the notes on the 6th string.

notes on the 6th string

Exercise #3

Fill in the missing notes on the following fretboard diagram

notes on the 6th string exercise

Movable barre chords

The 6th string identifies the 6th string root chord. This is a G when played at the 3rd fret, because the 6th string 3rd fret is G.

At the 8th fret, it’s C, and so on.



DAY 3: Memorize the notes on the 5th string.

Before we move on you should be able to answer these questions.

  1. What is the name of the note on the 6th string 5th fret?
  2. What is the name of the note on the 6th string 8th fret?

Now memorize the notes on the 5th string.

Learn and Master the Guitar Fretboard - notes on the 5th string

Exercise #4

Fill in the missing notes on the following fretboard diagram:

Learn and Master the Guitar Fretboard - notes on the 5th string exercise

The 5th string identifies the 5th-string root chord. It’s C at the 3rd fret because the 5th string 3rd fret is C. At the 7th fret, it’s E, and so on.

5 string barre chord

Remember the notes B C on the 5th string 2nd fret and on the 4th string 9th fret.

Learn and Master the Guitar Fretboard - notes BC on the 6th and 5th string

DAY 4: Memorize the notes on the 4th string.

Learn and Master the Guitar Fretboard - notes on the 4th string

Remember the notes BEA on the 7th fret and the notes E F on the fourth string 2nd fret and on the 5th string 7th fret. Also remember the notes BC on the 6th string 7th fret, 5th string 2nd fret and on the 4th string 9th fret.

note names spell EFnote names BC

Exercise #5

Fill in the missing notes on the following fretboard diagram (you don’t have to fill in the empty circles on the 6th string):

notes on the 4th string exercise



DAY 5: Memorize the notes on the 3rd string.

notes on the 3rd string

Remember the notes BC on the 3rd string 4th fret, on the 4th string 9th fret and also on the 5th string 2nd fret.

note names spell BC

Remember the note names from the 6th string to 3rd string on the 7th fret spell out the word BEAD.

note names spell out BEAD

Also remember the notes E F on the 3rd string 9th fret, on the 4th string 2nd fret and also on the 5th string fret 7th fret.

note names spell EF

Exercise #6

 Fill in the missing notes on the following fretboard diagram:

notes on the 3rd string exercise

DAY 6: Memorize the notes on the 2nd string.

Remember:

The notes C D on the 2nd string 1st  and on the 3rd string 5th fret.

note names spell CD

The notes E F on the 2nd string 5th fret and on the 3rd string 9th fret.

note names spell EF on the 2nd and 3rd string

Notice the name G A on the 2nd string 8th fret and on the 4th string 5th fret.

note names spell GA

Exercise #7

Fill in the missing notes on the following fretboard diagram:

We’re not going to learn notes on the 1st string because it has the same notes as the 6th string. To finish this lesson you can fill in the missing notes on the following fretboard diagram.

notes on the 1st string exercise

I’m hoping by the time you finish reading and using the knowledge I shared in this article you will able to memorize all the notes on the guitar fretboard.



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