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David Bacon
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01/03/2023 12:40 pm

Hi. Happy new year everyone.


Does anyone have any tips on memorising all the notes on the fret board or is it a matter of just spending as much time as you can repeatedly going over and over? Regards.


David 


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01/03/2023 2:42 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: David Bacon

Hi. Happy new year everyone.


Does anyone have any tips on memorising all the notes on the fret board or is it a matter of just spending as much time as you can repeatedly going over and over? Regards.


David 

I found this book very helpful.  "Guitar Fretboard - Memorize the Fretboard in 24 Hours" by Guitar Head.  It took me longer than 24 hours and I'm still not 100% fast, but I'm much further ahead then when I started.  To practice what I learned I use the Guitar Tricks Fretboard Trainer Tool tool in the Tool Box section.



Gary

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01/03/2023 2:42 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: David Bacon

Hi. Happy new year everyone.


Does anyone have any tips on memorising all the notes on the fret board or is it a matter of just spending as much time as you can repeatedly going over and over? Regards.


David 

I found this book very helpful.  "Guitar Fretboard - Memorize the Fretboard in 24 Hours" by Guitar Head.  It took me longer than 24 hours and I'm still not 100% fast, but I'm much further ahead then when I started.  To practice what I learned I use the Guitar Tricks Fretboard Trainer Tool tool in the Tool Box section.


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Gary

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01/03/2023 2:46 pm

Sorry for the double post. I didn't realize I hit reply twice.  I don't see how to delete a post?


Gary

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ChristopherSchlegel
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01/03/2023 4:13 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: David Bacon

Hi. Happy new year everyone.


Does anyone have any tips on memorising all the notes on the fret board or is it a matter of just spending as much time as you can repeatedly going over and over? Regards.


David 

It's a matter of 2 things:  learning to recognize the pattern & repetitious practice using & identifying it.


This lesson covers it.


https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson/11526


In my experience, the biggest single problem is that students don't really have a grasp on the system of musical letters in the first place.  So start with that basic system.  There are 7 letters and 5 accidentals.  They repeat in exactly the same way over & again across the guitar.


A - (A#) - B - C - (C#) - D - (D#) - E - F - (F#) - G - (G#) - A


Apply them to the guitar in octaves.


First learn the pattern of the notes on the E string:


E |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
B |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
D |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
A |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
E |-F-|---|-G-|---|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|---|-E-|


Now, visualize octaves of that pattern 2 frets & 2 strings higher on the D string; 3 frets & 2 strings higher on the B string.


E |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
B |---|---|---|---|-E-|-F-|---|-G-|---|-A-|---|-B-|
G |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
D |---|-E-|-F-|---|-G-|---|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|
A |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
E |-F-|---|-G-|---|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|---|-E-|


Next, learn the pattern of the notes on the A string:


E |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
B |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
D |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
A |---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|---|-E-|-F-|---|-G-|---|-A-|
E |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|


Now, visualize octaves of the same letter on the A, G & (high) E strings.


E |---|---|---|---|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|---|-E-|
B |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
G |---|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|---|-E-|-F-|---|-G-|
D |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
A |---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|---|-E-|-F-|---|-G-|---|-A-|
E |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|


So you can learn the pattern of the notes on two strings and then repeat the pattern in octaves from there.


Learn the pattern on the low E string.  It's the same pattern on the high E string as the low E string.  Fill in the accidentals along the way.  Two strings done.  Practice it using barre chord shapes rooted on the E string every day for a week.  


Next week move it over to the D string.  Next week the B string.  4 strings done.


Next week learn the notes on the A string using barre chords rooted there.  5 strings done.  Next week apply it to the G string.


5 weeks all strings memorized!


Hope that helps!


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David Bacon
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01/04/2023 2:06 pm

Wow. brilliant.


Many thanks for the advice. Sometimes you just need the nudge in the right direction to crack something. Best thing i ever did subscribing to guitar tricks.🎸


 


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ChristopherSchlegel
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01/04/2023 2:50 pm
#6 Originally Posted by: David Bacon

Wow. brilliant.


Many thanks for the advice. Sometimes you just need the nudge in the right direction to crack something. Best thing i ever did subscribing to guitar tricks.🎸


 

You're welcome.  Best of success with it!


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