Like most hobby guitarist I spent a lot of time learning how to read tabs. I never really focused on mastering a skill such as mastering the guitar fretboard.I remember once in the eighth grade I asked my music teacher to help me learn to play the guitar but the only he told me was to go learn all the notes on the fretboard. So I got a diagram of all the notes and I was determined to memorize all the notes on the fretboard.
Now today many people would call this ADD or something like that but I just called it being a kid. I started to skip around and not focus on this task of learning all the notes on the guitar neck.I did however learn a lot of the cool riffs most beginner guitar players learn but soon forgot after moving onto the next best riff or cool lick. Now if you are like me then what you really wanted to do was learn how to play your favorite song or that awesome solo.
I know that people become really good guitar players without ever learning the notes or the theory but just doing so would make them that much better. Do you feel the same way?
Here I am today almost a decade later from when I started playing and I still do not have the fretboard memorized as of this post. I know scattered pieced of the notes and I can take a few seconds to find out which notes I did just play but not as quickly as I would like too just yet. I also know that I will run across some great tips and tricks that will help me along the way in learning how to really get the guitar fretboard committed to memory.
The theory and the notes may seem boring but learning them fully will only help me and you become great guitar players. Even if just playing the guitar for a hobby and not some kind of music career. Do you have any tips or tricks that helped you learn to memorize the fretboard? I am open for suggestions.
Of course there are lots of great videos on YouTube and some really good guitar lesson sites but sometimes sifting through all that is a pain. Do you know what I mean?
The warm up exercise I do in the video is a pretty standard guitar picking exercise. I am just running through the chromatic scale on each string. I alternate the picking for each note I fret on the fretboard. I pick all the way up the scale and back down the scale on each string starting with the high E also called the first string.
I do this at least twice all the way through. By that I mean I go down to the sixth string or low E and then back up to the first string. Some people also say its nice to just work on once section at a time. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are on your way to mastering the guitar fretboard as well.
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Also Check out: How to learn all the notes on the guitar scale.