notes on fretboard, how to learn

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notes on fretboard, how to learn

Post by shaymax » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:54 pm

Whats the best way to learn the notes on the fretboard? Ive seen a lesson that uses the cycle of 4ths but for me it seems to complicated. Any one got any easier ideas?

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Re: notes on fretboard, how to learn

Post by foal30 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:56 am

it's not supposed to be easy
it's learning which in and of itself should (or at least can) be a pleasurable experience.

It is inconceivable that someone would choose to play an instrument and not know the actual names of the pitches they are making. So just take it slowly and thoroughly and in months/years to come you will say "I'm glad I took the time to focus on this".

PM me if you have an issue understanding the concept of 4th's mate. No problem.
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Re: notes on fretboard, how to learn

Post by BigBeefChief » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:38 pm

The notes have names??!!

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Re: notes on fretboard, how to learn

Post by martyforrer » Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:11 pm

Foal speaks words of wisdom. Knowing that the open strings are E A D G from lowest to highest is a start. From there work up. Use the G string, we have
G open
G#/Ab - 1st fret
A - 2nd fret
A#/Bb - 3rd fret
B - 4th fret
C - 5th fret
C#/Db - 6th fret
D - 7th fret
D#/Eb - 8th fret
E - 9th fret
F - 10th fret
F#/Gb - 11th fret
G - 12th fret.

You can now apply this to all the strings. The notes that have two names are called enharmonic, which means the same note has different names. The sharp name # is used when in a sharp key, and the flat name b is used when in a flat key. On other strings you will have D to D, A to A, and E to E, also B to B if you have a 5 string bass.
Theory is hard stuff to get your head around at first, and trust me, a good teacher will make it much easier for you.
The sharp keys are C#, D, D#, E, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B.
The flat keys are C, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb.
The key of C has no sharps or flats, all others do.

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