Memorizing Fretboard Notes

Eric Johnson
A free video tutorial from Eric Johnson
Musician and Educator from Los Angeles, CA
4.2 instructor rating • 1 course • 12,630 students

Lecture description

In this video, I walk you through step by step on how to find every note on the guitar fretboard in a simple and effective way. After this lesson, you should be on your way to being able to locate any note on the guitar fretboard.

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English [Auto] Hey guys welcome back. In this video I meant to be going over how to memorize the natural notes on the guitar fretboard. I'll be covering why memorize the first four notes. I'll be reviewing the musical alphabet. And lastly I will guide you through our financial loads and the low E-string in a string. I'll leave you to your own resources and knowledge to find the nose on the DGP and high E-string. So let's get to it. One of them writes for DOS. Music is very important you know where you are in the music not just in the music or in the song but also you have to know what you're playing and why. So say a musician comes up to you and asks you to play groove using the note G and you have no idea where those notes are. This jam session is going to turn out pretty ugly. So no this happens to be the fifth fret low E-string and G on the third fret low string. So if he ask you to play a groove with the age you know sounds like this oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh something simple like that but you couldn't create that because you had no idea where to find it. Or a genome. On the guitar fretboard. So we can avoid this. We can avoid this confusion Miskin miscommunication by simply putting in the time and effort to memorize the notes of the guitar. And this is something a lot of people overlook. Even advanced students they don't know the entire guitar fretboard and they only memorize shapes and patterns and thus they don't have a true understanding of what they're doing. This is very important for you to put in the time for this in your practice routine. Please memorize two strings per week. That is very important. How to memorize. In practice use is all in your 30 day 18:20 guitar schedule document. OK so let's review the musical alphabet. It's a B C D E F G with the sharp and flat in between every note except B C and either af because those are half steps and even though they're natural levels they're still the closest possible this distance between one note to the next. So now it goes through the low string in a string and leave the rest to you. So are both E-string. Is there a verse. No it's going to be right. So we just happened to be on a special case which is true even if it is a half step. If you remember from my previous video I said that the open string from the first fret is considered a half step in the open string broke to the second fret. This is the older this is going to come in handy now because we now know that of answering to the first fret is a half step and we know that it is a half step. So let's say we're going to the first fret. There's no now after G is a whole staff member. That is two frets GTA is stuff from a to b is a holster. Obviously this is a special case and Hastur one for the CD holder and he also and there's no reason for you to continue past 12 because the twelfth fret is just the same as the open strings and the guitar work just repeats. So for example you can hear there the same as the open strings the 13th fret is the same as the first fret 14 fret same as second 50 frets seems Third Front and so on. So no need to continue past the 12. Continue on to the A string. Of course we have to open Ajram. Now A to B is a whole step and we're going to use the knowledge that I said before that opens to the second fret is a whole. So we're going to be going to the second fret. Now to be going from B to C which is a half step on CD The whole step. DD Hosa you special case it f f you on f g. Is that a step too. And that is the natural notes on the low E string and the string. I leave the rest up to you and I'll see you in next video.