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Old 11-09-2005, 08:28 AM   #1
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Ways to learn all the notes on the neck?

Any quick ways to pull this off...?
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Old 11-09-2005, 08:36 AM   #2
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Unless you've got an extremely good memory and can memorize it all by just looking at a chart, this might help.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:21 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Blackout826
Any quick ways to pull this off...?

no. there is no "quick" way.

well, no "quick way" that's simple as doing an exercise and then BAM everything is memorized. you just got to do it.

and often times any "quick" method just results in a breif knowledge of the fretboard that is soon forgotten.

your best bet is to just do it. just get it memorized. do one string per week. drill the shit out of it. and in 5 weeks, you'll be done. then another cuple of weeks to drill in your octave ladder and you're pretty set as far as fretboard memorization goes.

those little websites and flash games out there aren't any good for learning the kneck. only thing they're good for is speed recognition once you already know your neck.

anyways, just start with the low E string and do one string per week. and for now, don't worry about sharps and flats. just memorize your natural notes. it saves you alot of unneeded clutter and frustration.

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Old 11-09-2005, 11:11 AM   #4
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:11 PM   #5
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Its actually extremely easy when you slow it down and learn it little by little. I thought it was the kind of thing that took years and years to memorize, but I got it down in like 2 months. The key is to only learn bits at a time, and make sure it sticks.
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:54 PM   #6
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I've been playing guitar for quite a while now but recently started playing bass and was fairly surprised to find that my knowledge of the fretboard was nothing like as good as it is on the guitar, so I've got into the habit of naming the notes (in my head) as I'm playing them.
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:24 PM   #7
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Well I did it by remembering these things and practicing them a lot:
1)All notes are two frets apart except for b-c and e-f.
2)Notes at the twelfth fret of a string are the same note and pattern as it was when you played an open string just an octave higher.
3)The notes on two adjacent strings are the same, just down 5 frets(four frets for the g-b strings) ie. Low E 7th fret= A string 2nd fret....G string 8 fret = B string 4th fret...etc

Hope that helped ( I'm not so good at explaining things)Good Luck
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:35 PM   #8
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i learned the first string then since the other once is 5 frets down i just did it form thr

took about 2 days to memorize
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Old 11-09-2005, 11:14 PM   #9
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this is what i'm working on right now.
i learned open position first(frets 1 - 4), then 5th position, then 7th position. then i just worked on merging it all together, working in all at the same time. the most entertaining way to do it is just start playing a whole bunch of random songs, figure the key out real quick, then jam to the rest of the song, saying every note you play to yourself. this way really helps in developing your flat and sharp knowledge (in all the songs not in c maj of course).

when you don't have your guitar with you, a better program than fretboard warrior that you don't have to download, just save it as a favorite with the option of view offline, is on musictheory.net in the tools section.
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Old 11-10-2005, 02:15 PM   #10
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Learn your low a and e strings first. Then learn the octaves. Then by using the octaves you can memorize the inbetween notes and so on.
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Old 11-10-2005, 04:05 PM   #11
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uh can you say the alphabet up to g. do you know the string names.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:40 AM   #12
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GuitarDrills worked for me - by far the quickest and easiest thing I've tried. GuitarDrills is a really cool iPhone app on the App Store that calls out random notes for you to play. It is a tool - not a toy. You play your guitar - not the app. The theory goes if you stick to one string at a time, and keep playing the random notes on that string as they're called out, the associations are drilled into your head through random repetition. Do that 5x for the E, B, G, D and A stings and in a very short time, you'll quickly learn where all the notes are on the fretboard. GuitarDrills is definitely the way to go.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:03 AM   #13
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:20 AM   #14
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The most important thing is that you start USING them, there's absolutely no point spending say 15 minutes a day trying to memorise the notes if the moment you play something you go back to thinking in terms of "x fret on y string"
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #15
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The most important thing is that you start USING them, there's absolutely no point spending say 15 minutes a day trying to memorise the notes if the moment you play something you go back to thinking in terms of "x fret on y string"

what's annoying is teaching once you get to that level. it's much quicker for me to think in terms of notes than in frets and strings. when i have to tell a student to play a B, i actually have to sit and think.

"yeah, that's going to be the fifth no wait seventh fret on the fifth er uh i mean fourth string."

of course, the more advanced of my students can simply play a B if i say "play the B". but breaking it down becomes a chore.

not anything detrimental, just an observation i made recently.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:22 PM   #16
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At first I just knew where all the notes in C Major were (since I used to always improvise in that key back in the day). Now, in general I can figure out where notes are relatively quick by figuring out where they are relative to a note in C Major (if the note is not in C)

So, learning all the notes kinda just happens organically after you know certain keys well.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:52 AM   #17
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Start at the E string and learn all the notes up to the 12th fret including sharps and flats. If you learn one string well the other strings are easier to learn. You can start on any string but if you learn e you now know 2 stings because the notes on low E and high e are the same. Do this for all six strings and the stuff below the twelfth fret is the same as above only higher. I learned the notes fairly well in a couple of hours
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