Tagged: Fretboard notes.
March 20, 2019 at 9:16 am #128602
A useful skill for any guitarist is to learn all the notes on the fretboard. I’ve come up with a quick and easy way to memorize all the notes, I thought it’s worth sharing with you
Most guitarist learn the notes of the open strings by the mnemonic Eddie ate dynamite good bye Eddie, or something similar.
I thought why not apply the same idea to other frets. So here’s some I made up.
3- Girls Can’t Forget A sharp Dressed Guy
5- A Dreadnaught Guitar Can Excite Anyone
7- Being Exciting Always Develops Fast sharp Brains
10- Do Guitar Chord Fretting Almost Daily.
Once you learn these five mnemonics it is easy to locate any note anywhere on the fretboard.
I hope some of you find this useful.
March 20, 2019 at 9:56 am #128604
How do we apply this?.
March 20, 2019 at 10:39 am #128605
One use is to find root notes all over the fretboard in all your positions. That could help you move more easily from one box to another. I’m starting to think about what notes are in the chords of my key and how to find them. Even, more importantly, is when chords are borrowed out of key and you’re really looking for the one most appropriate note to highlight that chord. It also just helps find alternate chord voicings and triads, etc. I’m trying to learn all the notes instinctively, though, I don’t want to have to relate a note to some other fret. I’m using a fretboard training game. Another way could be to just use flash cards or the circle of fifths/fourths and find all the locations of a given note all over the fretboard. I think it’s a skill that can’t hurt and will probably help as you progress.
March 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm #128614
I’m practising scales from the root notes instead of just using the pattern, something I think which causes some confusion is making the emphasis on pattern without making clear the importance of the root note and how to use it, I think by trying to simplify things we can in error make things more confusing. ..
March 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm #128617
I’m practising scales from the root notes instead of just using the pattern,
I do the same. Like most I started with the patterns, and I still think that is necessary for the fingers to get used to them. But I found that I started in pattern one (mostly stayed there) and had to move sequentially to get to a different pattern.
So now I think of a root on the sixth string which is linked to a pattern toward the nut and a pattern toward the bridge. Same for fifth string. The last is a pattern from a root on the fourth string going toward the bridge. I find this way I can move to any pattern easily (assuming I know the fretboard). I also think it is bit easier to remember the patterns, because they are somewhat consistent in relation to the root.
March 20, 2019 at 2:22 pm #128620
Interesting idea. I just learned the notes one string at a time, rather than across each fret. And if you ask me how many places on the neck can I find an E note, I can do that very quickly. And I can do A pretty fast. But the other notes I have to think about a bit.
March 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm #128634
Very clever mnemonics, Nigel. Like I state above, I just want to know each fret without having to relate it to a nearby fret. I’m just naming random notes on the fretboard daily until every note is as comfortable as the first 3 frets.
March 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm #128647
I’ve found this a very quick method to know what any note is on the fretboard. If the note that you want to know is not on fret 3,5,7 or 10 you’re only a half step (semitone) away from knowing what it is.
March 20, 2019 at 5:08 pm #128648
A clever idea Nigel, Thanks
March 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm #128649
If a player know the E and A barre chords, they already know the notes on half of the fret board due to the root notes on 1st, 5th and 6th strings.
Using the simple method to locate octaves, the other notes are easily realized.
* From any note on the 6th string, you go over to the 4th string and up 2 frets and you have the octave
* From any note on the 5th string, you go over to the 3rd string and up 2 frets and you have the octave
* From any note on the 4th string, you go over to the 2nd string and up 3 frets and you have the octave
At this point, its a matter of envisioning these patterns and once you do, other means of realizing the notes on the board will start occurring to you
March 20, 2019 at 6:53 pm #128651
It seems the last notes to learn are on the D,G and B strings. What I do or have done in the past is something like this. For instance if I want to learn notes on the B string I will take a simple D chord using only the high 3 strings and that puts the root note on B string. Then I play simple 3 or 4 chord songs using only that D shape and that makes me pay attention to the notes on the B string. You can use that same D shape to learn the D string also but you would need to add your pinky to form the root note on the D string. Just simple 3 chord folk songs work great for this. The A chord would work for the G string but only play strings 2-3-4. As you guys have shown there are many ways to do it. One thing I have learned over the years though is if you expect to learn all the notes overnight you will get very frustrated!
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