Notes on a Guitar

Notes on a Guitar

Notes on a Guitar

I vividly remember the first time I picked up my dad's old guitar. It was tucked away in the back of the closet. It's an old, beat up acoustic with a cracked back that my dad got as a kid and never quite gave up. And even though he shopped around for a guitar every few weeks, I'm not sure he ever really got over the bond he had with that beat up guitar.


Spend 5-10 minutes finding each note every time your practice. For example, for the first week, you might spend the first 5 minutes of practice finding every single E on the guitar. For the whole week, find and play every E note on the fretboard, practicing to the point where you don't need to count or find it. The next week, move on to find every single F. After a few weeks you'll have the board happily memorized.Once you feel comfortable with visualizing all possible fingerings within an octave, it’s time to explore these same intervals but in reverse. This time around, let’s start with the first note on the first string and work ourselves down in pitch using the same interval fingerings but in reverse. Remember to stick to practical fingerings that you can incorporate into your playing.

The first few times you do this might feel frustratingly slow. That’s okay. If something feels hard, it’s a good sign that you’re learning. Don’t get frustrated. Be patient and keep practicing as slow as you need to. Over the next few days, you’ll notice that it gets easier to remember the right positions and note names. You’ll gradually get faster and won’t get stuck in certain areas of the fretboard. (Source: guitargearfinder.com)


If you’ve ever played a barre or power chord, then you’ve dealt with the notes on the sixth string. This is the easiest and most useful string to memorize, so make sure you’ve got it down for good before proceeding. Also notice that you’re memorizing the first string at the same time; every fret has the same note on the first and sixth strings, two octaves apart.

What you might notice after you do this for all notes is that some notes are harder to find than others. For example, you will be really good at finding notes like E & A because those notes are used regularly on guitar due to the tuning. But other notes like C# or Bb aren’t used as often so you might notice it takes you longer to find those positions. (Source: guitargearfinder.com)



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