#1
Hey, I'm wanting to memorize the notes of my guitar, but I have a tendency to change my tuning a lot. I usually use drop c tuning, but also have a guitar in standard tuning, and I've considered doing c standard...

So, yeah, learning the notes seems kinda' like a daunting task. Should I just learn it in standard, and go from there? I seem to be able to translate basic chords fairly easily, or is there a more translatable way to learn them?

Thank!
#2
i think when you play mostly in c standart, you should learn the real notes
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#3
You should learn intervals. If you know that an open string is, say, F#, you know that the 6th fret is C since the interval is a tritone.

That would make that a lot easier.
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#4
Quote by -Rane-
Hey, I'm wanting to memorize the notes of my guitar, but I have a tendency to change my tuning a lot. I usually use drop c tuning, but also have a guitar in standard tuning, and I've considered doing c standard...

So, yeah, learning the notes seems kinda' like a daunting task. Should I just learn it in standard, and go from there? I seem to be able to translate basic chords fairly easily, or is there a more translatable way to learn them?

Thank!


Know the intervals and then just sound them out, In drop C tuning all you should have to do is say "Im in drop C tuning" and know the notes since you know that E and F are 1 fret apart as well as B and C

Lets take a look


Standard tuning
e||F| |G| |A| |B|C| |D| |E|
B||C| |D| |E|F| |G| |A| |B|
G|| |A| |B|C| |D| |E|F| |G|
D|| |E|F| |G| |A| |B|C| |D|
A|| |B|C| |D| |E|F| |G| |A|
E||F| |G| |A| |B|C| |D| |E|

Drop C tuning

d|| |E|F| |G| |A| |B|C| |D|
A|| |B|C| |D| |E|F| |G| |A|
F|| |G| |A| |B|C| |D| |E|F|
C|| |D| |E|F| |G| |A| |B|C|
G|| |A| |B|C| |D| |E|F| |G|
C|| |D| |E|F| |G| |A| |B|C|


Its all the same see? Intervals, knowing the string note, relating where you are to a note that you know will help remember where that note is. It shouldnt matter if you are playing standard, Drop C B D or open A tuning, know what note the string is and you can know.

Quiz yourself like this

7 frets from an A note is -

(well you know that in standard tuning the 7th fret of the A string is the E strings octave! So it must be an E!)

4 Frets from a C is - another E

3 Frets from an A is - a C!!

12 frets from any note is - the same note

In drop D tuning the 5th fret of the low D is a - G

In drop C tuning the 5th fret of the low C is a - F

so on and so forth blah blah..

have some fun memorizing notes and steps, play your guitar as you ask yourself what note it is.

EDIT: take a look at the 2 fretboards above at the 10th fret - Thats where you are starting at and then dropping the low string another step..
Last edited by Silvanarix at Jul 10, 2010,
#5
Quote by food1010
You should learn intervals. If you know that an open string is, say, F#, you know that the 6th fret is C since the interval is a tritone.

That would make that a lot easier.



This is the kind of advice I was looking for. :] So, would you memorize in standard, and go from there? Or use the tuning you use most often?


[EDIT] Thanks Silvanarix, that helps a lot... Awesome. :]
Last edited by -Rane- at Jul 10, 2010,
#6
Quote by -Rane-
This is the kind of advice I was looking for. :] So, would you memorize in standard, and go from there? Or use the tuning you use most often?


Why rely on a specific tuning? Just knowing what note the string is open is enough to know what notes are going to be there, know the intervals =P

EDIT: I will say this though - Knowing and applying in a speedy manner takes practice and adaptation. You could memorize standard tuning and then apply a whole step down to achieve your goal, or start open and count upwards. Or use patterns that give you the note knowledge you are seeking, I personally eat cheetos and fap a bit, go to the doctor and complain that I have a disease.
Last edited by Silvanarix at Jul 10, 2010,