Knowing the notes on your fretboard



Today we will look a little into the notes of your fretboard.

Whether you just want to strum a few open chords on the acoustic and learn your favorite songs it still strongly helps your ability as a musician if you know your notes on the fretboard.

By knowing your notes you can then transfer licks, riffs and ideas effortlessly into other keys.  You can improvise a lot easier.  You will find it easier to express yourself and be less limited as a musician.

Task number 1

Learn the notes on the Low E string –  (TODAY WE WILL JUST BE USING SHARPS)

Below are the fret numbers followed by the note name below it.

Fret No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
6thString E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E

a GOOD TIP IS TO USE THE FRETS WITH A DOT ON THEM OR A MARKING (usually frets 3, 5, 7 and 9) to help you remember the notes of G – A – B – C#

more good news- there are two e strings so now you can tick of knowing the notes on the high e string and the low e string.


Learn the A string notes –

Fret No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
5th String A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A


Task number 3

Learn notes via the octave shape


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Learning notes this way is valuable and quick.

What we do is take a power chord (if unfamiliar look back through past blogs to see a power chord) and now we see that the note on the E string and D string is the same note.

If we go to fret 3 which is G right?!  Then play a power chord and the note on the 4th string is also a G.  We can do this and use this shape all along the Low E string and the A string.

What we have learned is also called an octave.  The same note higher up.


In closing


With time you will learn the notes whether you realize it or not.  They’ll just start to creep into your mind and brain.




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