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How to LEARN All THE NOTES on the Guitar

How to LEARN All THE NOTES on the Guitar

LEARN All the Guitar Notes Distributed by the Fingerboard in a Single Graph, and How to Start Practicing in a Simple Way.

LEARNING THE NOTES of the Guitar is essential to find out the location of the different barre chords, or the different scales, depending on their key.

The interval between each fret would be a semitone, and between two frets it would be a tone.

Learn all the notes on the Guitar: Music Intervals

Music Intervals in the Guitar

Most notes have an interval of one tone between them, with the exception of an interval of one semitone between the notes E and F, and between the notes B and C. In the rest of the notes we would find a flat or sharp, among them. Flat if the note in question is a semitone lower than the original, and sharp if the note is a semitone higher.

All Guitar Notes

All Guitar Notes

All Guitar Notes (Left Handed)

All Guitar Notes (Left Handed)

Learning the guitar notes by heart would be quite difficult. But if we memorize certain key areas of the fretboard, and if we know the location of the same note in a different octave, things are quite simplified.

Only by memorizing the notes of the 5th and 6th string, we can deduce the notes of the rest of the strings, or simply, they would be the same repeated notes.

the notes is repeated after 12th fret - Guitar

From the notes of the 6th string would flow the barre chords based on E. In addition, when learning the notes of the 6th string, we would learn the notes of the 1st string at the same time, since they would be exactly the same.

Upon reaching the 12th fret we would find another E one octave higher. Since repeating this fret repeats the same notes that we had on the open strings (image above).

Learn all the notes on the Guitar: Open String Notes

Open Guitar String Notes

Something also necessary to memorize would be the notes of the open strings. Essential for something as basic as tuning the guitar. But since we already learned the notes of the 6th and 1st string, we would only have four notes left to memorize.

Barre chords based on the open A chord are also basic chords. The notes of the 5th string would be the base of this type of chords. So these notes would also have to be memorized (see image above).

Situation of the Same Note in Different Octaves

The location of the same note in a different octave will be very useful for discovering the notes of the remaining strings.
If we choose a note at random on the fourth string, and we know where its eighth is located, it would be very easy for us to discover what note it is.

For example, the open E note on the sixth string is repeated an octave higher, two strings lower (on the fourth), and two frets towards the body of the guitar.

Fingerboard location of the note E in different octaves

Fretboard location of the note E in different octaves

This pattern would be the same between the 5th and the 3rd string. A very easy guideline to remember.

Due to the characteristic standard guitar tuning, this pattern varies one semitone between the 4th and 2nd strings, and between the 3rd and 1st strings.

For example, if we take the note E from the 12th fret of the first string, we would find another E one octave lower, two strings higher (on the third), and three frets towards the headstock.

Once the notes of the 5th string have been memorized, we can also use them to know the notes of the 2nd string, following the pattern that appears in the image.

different octaves on Guitar

If we take, for example, the E on the seventh fret, on the 5th string, we would have another E on the second string, two frets in the direction of the headstock.

So learning the notes of the 5th string, we will guess the notes of the 3rd and 2nd string, following these patterns.

In alternative tunings all the notes on the fretboard would change places. That is why knowing the location of the different octaves in the fretboard is very useful and vital in the use of different tunings.

You don’t have to learn all this in one day. Have to give ourselves the required time to gradually assimilate all these concepts.

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