Why learn all the notes on the fretboard?
With so many people playing the guitar these days you hardly see anyone take the time to learn how to memorize the notes on the fretboard. Many of the guitar players just learn some songs to play for fun. I was like that for many many years as well. Not understanding what your are playing or how to really make your own style is very frustrating. Having only taken a few lessons with a guitar teacher in a music shop I picked up some basic music theory about the different modes and some scales to go along with them. What was missing from my training was the very basics of learning the guitar fretboard notes and positions.
Expand your guitar playing with this simple habit.
The very lesson that I failed to learn after all these years of playing on the guitar was learning all the notes and their positions on the guitar fretboard. Right now is the time to start to develop these simple playing habits that will allow you to expand your guitar playing greater then you can even imagine. These simple exercise will become part of your daily playing and after a short while you will be thankful you took the time to commit them to memory.
How to easily learn the notes on the guitar neck.
When I first started to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard I was going one string at a time. I would say the note out loud along with the sharps and flats from fret to fret. Then I would move down a string and continue to do the same thing over and over. The picking was alternating on each note and my fingers would not leave the previous note I just picked. Now this is a great guitar warm-up exercise but not a very efficient way to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard.
What is a better way to learn all the notes on the fretboard? After searching around the internet I found a few videos from some people teaching a method that was much better then what I was doing at the time. I am going to show you here in the video below what I learned and how you can start memorizing the notes today.
Simple habits over time make great guitar players.
As you can see this very simple way of learning the notes on the fretboard will have a great impact on your playing ability. You will notice as you are learning to play other songs that you start to recall the notes you are playing when youre using the tabs without even thinking about them. This is the power of the subconscious mind or muscle memory. Because when you are practicing this skill and you say or singing out loud the notes, your brain will develop the ability recall the information much quicker. Another really cool thing is when you start to learn scales in each mode in the future you will be able to make up and play all kinds of great solos and improvisations. This skill will put a personal touch on anything you play and allow you to become a true fretboard master. Of course this wont come over night but it will in time much and quicker than you think.
Did you feel this lesson was valuable?
Also what song did you pick for this month to learn?
One song at a time works best. I know I know, it’s not easy to do but it’s worth it.
Let me know in the comments.