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:
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.