Learn the fretboard notes

As a musician, knowing the fretboard notes is a MUST. You’ll be able to understand what you are doing when you are playing, and translate this knowledge to your own compositions and improvisations.

However, there is no secret to learning the fretboard notes, is just a matter of patience and dedication.

So, let’s get started with the basics, in this case, the diatonic notes:

C D E F G A B

If you focus on learning these notes on the fretboard, it will save you a lot of time later, when you decide to learn the position of chromatic notes (C#-Db, D#-Eb…) .

This means that you’ll learn these notes on the guitar fretboard:

Diatonic notes

G.A.B. Exercises

Guitar and Bass includes two exercises to help you learn the notes:

  • Exercise 1: In this exercise, you are asked to locate a note on the fretboard.
  • Exercise 2: A fret is highlighted on the fretboard, and you must answer which note it is
  • Working with both exercises will provide better results.

How to work out ?

That’s up to you. I recommend:

  • First, learning the open strings. (View settings)
  • Second, focus on learning the diatonic notes on each string, for example, work for some days only on the 6th string, then on the 5th and so on.(View settings)
  • Third, work vertically, just like you did with the open strings, but on different frets.(View settings)
  • Fourth, at this level, you just could run the exercise at the entire fretboard (frets 0 to 11).(View settings)
  • Fifth, you should run the exercise on the second half of the fretboard (frets 12 to 22). This step should be easy after a couple of runs.(View settings)

You should work out every day if you can. I think with 10 minutes it should be enough, just be patience and you’ll get there.

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5 Responses to Learn the fretboard notes

  1. Pedro says:

    Hola Gabriel, he probado tu software y está genial. Muchas gracias.

    Estoy aprendiendo a tocar, y… ya sé que lo mejor es tener un profesor a mano, pero tu software está muy bien para aprender y practicar determinadas cosas.
    Un aspecto interesante para los que somos principiantes sería saber que dedo utilizar en cada traste de la guitarra, y con que dedos tocarla, no estaría mal (al menos para mí) saber más o menos que dedos de cada mano debo utilizar cuando se toca sin púa, un ejercicio en este aspecto no vendría nada mal.
    Te felicito por el trabajo realizado con este software, es muy bueno.

    • gfsoftware says:

      En estos aspectos dedico que el usuario decida que es mejor para el, ya que hay varios metodos. Por eso no doy instrucciones sobre donde ubicar los dedos, a no ser en los acordes basicos. Te recomiendo que busques tutoriales y veas que mas te conviene.

  2. Pedro says:

    Por cierto, en el Jam Band, cuando he colocado varios acordes y me voy al editor de ritmos no funciona bien cuando quieres cambiar uno de los sonidos, he probado a cambiar el stick por la caja y al principio parece que lo cambia, de hecho cuando le das al play del editor de ritmo parece que funciona, pero cuando le das al play principal no funciona bien o te lo deja como estaba antes de cambiar el sonido.

    Un saludo

  3. Pedro says:

    Estoy usando la versión 1.1.3
    Bye.

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