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Learning the Fretboard
Topic: Fretboard Subtopic: General Level: Intermediate Number of Readers: 73220

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Learning the Fretboard

This lesson won't actually give you any methods for learning the fret board. The next lessons will. The are many ways to learn the fretboard. Some are hard, some are fun, but none of them are quick. You won't learn the fretboard over night. It will take practice.

This brings up a discussion. What does 'knowing the fretboard' really mean? It doesn't mean being able to figure out which note a fret corresponds to by some systematic method(example: counting up notes from the first fret of that string, until you reach the target and say 'there! it's a D#! I just figured it out). No, this is only the first step in learning the fretboard, and this step CAN be learned over night.

I consider 'knowing' the fretboard is being able to know what note a fret corresponds to in a split second. The two(fret and note name) should be joined together inseparably. When looking at the third fret, fifth string, 'C' should automatically pop into your head. Another aspect of 'knowing the fretboard' is being able to visualize the notes around a certain fret, so that you can see it as a whole. Knowing exactly what notes surround a certain note is very important because most of the time, we will be playing more than one note in succession. Also, if you're playing notes at the same time, as in chords, you're going to have to be able to visualize a group of notes, and know their names.

It's my dream to be able to visualize the entire fretboard as a whole: a perfect, crystal picture in my mind of where all the notes are, and the relation between any combination of them. That's my dream. When I accomplish that, I'll be satisfied.

Well, I've been putting off the actual learning of the fretboard for quite some time now. The next lessons will deal with methods of learning the fretboard.

Things to remember from this lesson:

1. Learning the fretboard takes effort and practice.
2. Learning the fretboard is a huge step, and well worth the effort.
3. 'Knowing' the fretboard means being able to know what note name corresponds to any fret you touch, instantly. It is also being able to visualize groups of notes as a whole, and being able to see the relationship between them.



Questions
Question posted by tyler webb on 1999-12-26
i am a proficient player not a speller so dont laugh at me...............i was wondering if there was somthing that i could put on the fret board to make my fingers faster
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Question posted by Me on 2000-06-05
So how do I learn the fretboard??? You mention fun ways, and hard ways and all but where are these "ways"
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Question posted by Nick Clark on 2000-06-09
Do, by any chance, know a site that has a chart of the notes one the neck of a guitar?
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Question posted by Luis Alejandro on 2000-06-23
firstly I want to congratulate to them by the so great work that they did in my, thanks to you I can understand what is a novena and one eighth, but it asked if you could send to me all the tones to me with his eighth, his septimas, greater, smaller, diminished, increased, ect. I wait for its answers TNX Att > Luis Alejandro Genao
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Question posted by Unknown on 2000-07-21
don't fret be happy silly person
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Question posted by mr_socko on 2000-08-01
i have never played a guitar and i am trying to learn how do you have any good acustic guitar lessons that are free online or can you send me a picture of the keys so i could try to learn on my own?
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Question posted by Hikurangi Tahau on 2000-09-12
im a left handed guitarist and i try my hardest to play properly but i just cant get the right note. do i have to turn the strings up the other way like because i play the guitar upside down.
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Question posted by Hikurangi Tahau on 2000-09-12
im a left handed guitarist and i try my hardest to play properly but i just cant get the right note. do i have to turn the strings up the other way like because i play the guitar upside down.
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Question posted by mana on 2000-10-12
well i have been playing the guitar for about 2 years now and i feel that i am stuck. i can only play chords etc. i wanna know what to do now cause i feel tat i am wasting my talent. ( if there is any) . please tell me what to do next.
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Question posted by adelmo on 2001-07-20
i want to make a fast solo, what i have to do?
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Question posted by unknown on 2001-07-23
the brand of my guitar is "voltrox" does anybody know if thats any good?
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Question posted by Unknown on 2001-09-05
i meant to say voxton guitar? so does anybody know anything about it
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Question posted by RED PLASMA on 2001-09-19
i have a rogue by squier st-3 electric guitar and a ibanez tone blaster is that any good to play with together? how can i play a chord and go to another chord without stopping or hearing any buzzes?
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Question posted by SEan on 2001-09-20
So wheres the lesson
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Question posted by Mohammad Zohaib Kazi on 2001-09-26
well..! I know how to pay chords..but I know the chords till Fret #4 ..I want to know all chords of all Frets.....as well as I would like to have a whole chord sheet through which I can practice!
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Question posted by faird on 2001-11-26
Sir, i want to know about the Harmony Chord
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Question posted by Simon g on 2002-02-20
i have just got a new 2 electric guitar and it is a horner st special ,is that a good brand ?
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Question posted by Dave on 2002-03-05
What does the solid red line depicted on some notes on the chord illustrator mean? Are you supposed to block that whole fret with a finger? If so, how is that possible? Thanks
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Question posted by kimi on 2002-07-02
what r the dots for? the white dots
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Question posted by Lethal Haze on 2003-04-09
Does anyone know where you can find those stickers to put on your guitar that have the note names of the frets on them? I am havin some serious trouble tryin to learn this damn fretboard. Any help is greatly appreciated. If anyone has anymore advice for learnin the fretboard I would like to hear it to. Reddman05@aol.com
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Question posted by Vicci on 2004-08-14
Okay, i play the guitar a lot, i dont take lessons and i teach myself MANY songs. But my problem is that i do not know how to read tabs... pathetic right? Well i was wondering in the most simplified words can you explain them to me?
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Question posted by Johnny Beane on 2005-03-28
Im looking for thoes stickers that you stick on your frets. Has all the notes. Anyone know about them? Email me please!!!!!!!!! JB
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Question posted by Brian H. on 2005-06-23
I got an Eric Clapton guitar music book and it has a lot of bends . How do I do a bend ?
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Question posted by Lauren on 2005-12-04
this might sound dumb, but, which fret is the firat? Like, from what end do the frets start?
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Question posted by Vic on 2006-02-05
Im looking for thoes stickers that you stick on your frets. Has all the notes. Anyone know about them? Email me please!!!!!!!!!vicww
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