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Old 2006-04-17, 23:12
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Learning the fretboard.

I'm just trying to memorise the notes on the fretboard and was wondering what you would say the best way is? At the moment im learning all the notes in order and its quite hard.

And if anyone knows of any excercises or tests to check out how im doing?

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Old 2006-04-17, 23:39
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You know i still havent' set out to ackomplish that goal. The only thing i've done towards that is memorize scales across the entire guitar. I play in drop C so if i wanted to figure out the notes i'd probably just look at/play the c major scale. Or if i'm playing in standard, i already have that on lock just from memorization from back in the day.

I would imagine the task your doing would be almost just purely brute memorization and the playing and knowledge of intervals. By that i mean... being able to manipulate and visualize where each note is.. like.. oh.. hit your low E, boom go up an octave and another and so on. The entire idea of... knowing all the notes on the neck seems kind of like a daunting task. Although would be great for playing whatever scales. Would take alot less time searching, or in my case using Guitar Pro's scale thing.
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Old 2006-04-18, 01:05
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Yeah I've started, im just going to do it slowly one string at a time and while playing songs try to name notes im playing.
It will help me a lot I think when jamming. Plus I'll be able to start learning chord construction and modes and everything.
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Old 2006-04-18, 10:59
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Identify octaves in every box. That's helped me identify notes in correlation with my scale patterns.
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Identify octaves in every box. That's helped me identify notes in correlation with my scale patterns.



Thats more or less where i was getting. I basically learn the fretboard in chucks, mostly by the most useful to me and my playing style. Granted i would probably have a hard time with the first few notes on the high strings just cause i never use them.
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Old 2006-04-18, 19:27
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the way i've liked the best out of many methods out there is pretty simple. grab a metronome and set it to a low speed (like 40-60bpm). start on the low e string, decide on a note to learn, like A. then on each beat, go up the strings finding each A note, all octaves (not just the first 12 frets.. every A on the neck). when you get to the highest A, go back down in reverse from that note to the lowest A on the 6th string. the metronome just kinda keeps you going, and as you speed it up you can tell that you're having to spend less time thinking about the locations. play the next note on each metronome click, just quarter notes.

remember to practice this with all 12 notes, though, not just the "white key" notes, although i'd start out with them first. learn those 7 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) pretty well, then learn the rest of the sharps/flats also.

i did that a few times a day every day, going through all 7 notes for a while until i got them, then started doing all 12 notes. remember to mix up the order, though, so it keeps you on your toes instead of just memorizing finding them all in one particular order.
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Old 2006-04-18, 23:31
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How did that work out for you? I mean thats like... REAL practice... haha The one thing that people who have been playing awhile dread. Or at least i do. =)
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The way I did it is to memorize major points.

Well the first thing I did was memorise the notes on the strings at fret 5. Then fret 7, 9 etc... all the frets with a dot on them. Then with time, filled in the gaps. But still not that great.
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if you know how to read music at all start reading charts in 5th position, then using octaves you have most of the notes memorized
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Old 2006-04-19, 18:37
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Thanks guys, this has given me a few good ideas
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How did that work out for you? I mean thats like... REAL practice... haha The one thing that people who have been playing awhile dread. Or at least i do. =)

lol seems like that's all i do is practice. i do learn songs and come up with my own stuff, but i still do a loott of chops practice, theory practice, etc. i've been doing it for a while, too.. and it's still enjoyable. i guess it's not for most, but for me it is, so i haven't had a problem with it yet.

the way i learned the fretboard was how i said above.. but it wasn't bad. i spent maybe 5 minutes a day doing that. i'd go through each note 2-3 times and then move on. it took a while.. definitely more than a day or two, but heck 5 minutes is nothing, so it never got boring and it worked!
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