7 Tips For Learning The Notes On The Guitar – Guitar Lesson

hi I'm Nate savage and in this guitar lesson I'm gonna give you seven tips for memorizing the notes on the fretboard of the guitar now this is something that I put off for a long time just because I thought I could do it and the task was too big but let me encourage you learning the notes on the fretboard is one of the best things you can do and some of the most liberating things you can do for starting to play up the fretboard I was in a joe satriani clinic once and I heard him say if you don't know all the notes on the fretboard of the guitar cold then you're kidding yourself ever since then I took it seriously and the tips that I'm going to share with you in this lesson are kind of some of the things that helped me memorize the notes on the guitar the first tip I have for you is to keep it simple a lot of guitar players try to memorize every note on the guitar at one time and they just get overwhelmed and give up one of the best ways you can keep things simple is to just work on one string at a time and you know only do this like five minutes a day but you know do it every day be very consistent with it um the names of the open strings are e B G and E so like I said just pick one string to start out with a lot of guitar players don't know the names of the notes on the B string so for the rest of this lesson we're going to use our second string or B string so do this take the first five minutes of your daily practice session and just work on one string you can alternate every day you can alternate every week two different strings it really doesn't matter tip number two is to focus on just the natural notes at first now the natural musical alphabet is a b c d e f and g all natural notes no sharps or flats so you know on your first practice session this first five minutes just worry about the natural notes so go to your b string that's the open B the first fret is a C two frets up from there on the third fret so D fifth fret is an e next fret sixth fret is F and so on up the fretboard G a and back to be just worry about your natural notes first that's a great place to start and you know once you get more comfortable and start memorizing with those natural notes are you can start throwing in the sharps and flats as well my string the third tip I have for you is to say the note names out loud as you work on this stuff the more ways you can attack something to memorize it the faster you're going to learn it so when you're going over those natural notes on the B string or whatever string you're working on say it out loud so B C D F G B and one thing you should be aware of is just the difference between a half step in a whole step on the guitar a half step would be just one fret anywhere and a whole step is gonna be two frets so for like this C note skip a fret or two frets to this D note tip number four is to go forwards and backwards on the string you're working on and the first step to being able to do this is you know to say the natural alphabet forwards ABCD efg and then backwards to GFE dcba which is a little more challenging so you might want to take some time and just work on saying that natural musical alphabet backwards g f e d c b a g FB d c b a let me show you an example real quick just go to your b string again b c g a b Lingle backwards to be a g f and one little rule that I want to throw in here to help you kind of find notes on the fretboard it's called the b c and e and f rule this rule states that any two natural notes except for b and c and e NF have a whole step between them now that might sound confusing let me say it again any two natural notes except for b and c and e NF have a whole step between a b and c and e NF only have a half step between a let me give an example of this if you ever open B right here the very next fret is going to be a C because b and c have a half step between them right now if you found an e on this B string the F would be right next to it because the BC any of rule says that enough just have a half step between any other natural notes anywhere on the guitar are going to have a whole step between them so if you have this C right here the D is going to be a whole step or two frets above that that D to get to an e is gonna be a whole step so all you really have to do is remember that B and C have a half step between them and E and F have a half step between them to tip number five is to skip notes this is kind of the next level as far as staying on one string and memorizing natural notes so if you start on a B instead of going to C go to a D so B D then you can go to C then up to an E and a D fgf8 G b8c B that was a little fast I know but the idea here is to kind of confuse your mind or make it think a little bit differently and you know get the other tips down the previous tips down before you try this and you know once you start to get to this point you're going to start to know your natural notes pretty well on any given string you're going to want to add in the sharp and flat notes tip number six kind of shifts away from staying on a single string and that's when you know we're getting a little more advanced and that's to find all the same notes on the guitar what I mean by that is for example find all the C notes you can on every string so let's take the C note right here on our B string since we've been working on our B and start there that's a C note try to find a C note on all the other strings too so there's one here on the fifth fret of the g this one here on the tenth fret of the D this one here on the third fret the a this one here on the eighth fret of the low E and just go through those and you can change a note every day or like for a week or day work on a C note and then for the next week of the next day you change it to an a note or b-flat or what it'd be like tip number seven is a vertical memorization and this is quite a bit different and a little bit harder than all the other tips we've gone over so far so far we've been going over the names of the notes on the fretboard horizontally this is the exact opposite you're going to pick one fret and go over the names on that one fret vertically so if you start here on the first fret of the high E string that's an F C G sharp d sharp a sharp F and this brings up an important concept of something called an in harmonic note an in harmonic note is just a note they can go by two different names in this case let's just take a look at the first fret of the a-string that can either be called an a sharp or it can be called a b-flat so just be aware of that but the idea here is saying you know at the first five minutes of your practice session just take one or two frets and just go over the note names on that fret over and over again to you're really comfortable with it and you're gonna get better and better at this it's probably going to be pretty hard and slow going at first but you're going to get to where you can do that on each fret up and down the fretboard pretty fast and it's going to be awesome you're going to see a lot of progress if you keep this kind of practice up for the first five minutes of each practice session finally I have one bonus tip for you and that's to practice this away from the guitar if you're in a waiting room or you just have some time to burn and you have anything else to do just work on going over the notes on one string and your head and visualizing the notes like that away from the guitar will help you learn this a lot faster that's it for the seven tips on memorizing the notes on the guitar if you need a master graphic that shows all the notes on guitar we have that here for you but remember to keep it simple so you don't overwhelm yourself you know limit this to five minutes a day at the beginning of your practice time and you know at first only pick you know two of these tips to kind of implement into your daily routine if you keep this up for a few months you're going to see really great consistent progress and within that time you know two or three months you're going to have all the notes on the fretboard memorized it's going to be great thanks for watching this lesson if you want to see more like this one just like the video or leave a comment below to let me know I just finished a brand new guitar lesson series you can get for free right now just go to guitar lessons comm slash free – series I'll see you

28 thoughts on “7 Tips For Learning The Notes On The Guitar – Guitar Lesson”

  1. Thank you so much! I was able to learn and memorize the whole fret board in like 10 minutes!!! Just had to remember 2 frets for a whole step and 1 fret between B and C or E and F

  2. I've been playing guitar on and off since 1991. I've improved a lot, I can learn fairly quickly watching someone, but where I struggle and feel like an idiot, is the leading. I can sort of lead slowly to a song, but I'm always guessing / hoping that I hit the right note. That's why I can't solo fast, because I can barely go slow. It's very frustrating. I hope this helps me.

  3. Man, your videos are really brilliant and demonstrate the right way to learn a guitar.

    My friends taught me to play an easy song with basic chords and strumming pattern. I later managed to pick up some tabs but that was not it. Always felt that I just dropped the basics and doing "wannabe" stuff.

    Today I picked up from learning how to read music (treble clef, duration, dynamics, articulation). Then learnt the concept of notes (open notes) and the possible combinations on a guitar to play each one of them.

    It feels good. A proper understanding of what you're doing and feeling the music.

    Thank you and keep uploading more videos.

  4. I'm a complete beginner and I've been watching your videos and so far it's working and I'm learning the guitar. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  5. This is great advise, and although it seems overwhelming it's actually easier then most people think. It just takes time and some determination.

  6. hey, great tips. this is one of the most frustrating things to learn on guitar. even more so now that im older.

  7. i emailed this question but i figured this might get a speedier response. how does the program offered on guitarlessons.com differ from your program "the guitar system"? and which is more beneficial to an absolute beginner?

  8. Such great tips! I've been following you since I've began playing, and I love the progress I've made. I thank you!

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