Would some experienced players explain what the best techniques to memorizing the fretboard are please?

Should I locate one note at a time on the fretboard and play its scale or something? Are there different techniques?

Thank you!
i agree with learning the octave shapes, after that you might wanna learn the notes that land on the fretmarkers, since every 2 frets is a whole tone and fretmarkers are usually every few frets.
yeap, Make a fretboard diagram from a paint software so you can
print out copies. Practice writing in the notes. Just the natrual notes
(all the white keys on the piano). The in between notes will be #/b

Learn everything in C first. You'll be able to shift everything later
to change keys. Don't worry.

For some reason if you write it, you'll retain it faster.

Identify the root

practice playing the 1/2 steps...E/F and B/C at different places of the neck.

You'll start to notice everything gets repeated over and over again.

bascailly if you learn to the 6th fret as Deagle say...it starts again
at the 7th fret...everything just shifted down one string

Bar your index finger at the 7th fret.
Start playing from the A string 7th fret ( E note).
It'll be as if you're playing at the nut possition on a 7 string guitar.lol

After you get comfortable with the names of the notes .

Then start calling them out as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th , 5th...etc

later on ...aside from just using the neck as a slide ruler to alter keys,
you'll be able to alter the scales or keys in the posistion you're at

example if you want to play Cmin...just the play 1,2, b3,4,5,b6,b7

or C mixolydian 1,2,3,4,5,6,b7 and so on and so forth.
Last edited by Ordinary at Jun 2, 2008,
Thank you. I'd appreciate any other techniques that anybody can think of. This is becoming a big problem for me.

It takes a few seconds when I pick a string to think of its name. Is there any way of getting to a point where I can think of it in a split second?
1 - learn the open strings...E, A, D, G, B, E
2 - familiarise yourself with the pattern of notes along the low E string, you don't even need to learn it by heart yet, just have it for reference.

E F F# G G# A Bb B C D Eb

3 - realise that the 12 fret is the octave of the open string, and therefore the same note.
4 - realise that the pattern of intervals is constant, so 12 th fret onwards is identical to open string onwards.

... as far as working out notes goes you are currently never more than 6 frets away from a reference note. However, counting along 6 frets is kind of clunky and not particularly easy, but it's a start.

5 - learn the notes that correspond to the next open string, so 5th fret on the E, A, D and B strings, 4th fret on the G

...all of a sudden you're never more than 3 frets way from a known reference note. All of a sudden working out the notes you don't know became a lot easier...almost twice as easy, in fact.

6 - locate the other octaves of the open notes, first the ones on the next string... 7th fret on the A, D, G and high E strings, 8th fret on the B string. Then the octaves two strings away so 2nd fret on the D and G strings, 3rd fret on the B and top E.

7 - in the same way, locate the octaves of the notes you learned in step 5

...all of a sudden you're now never more than 1 fret away from a known reference note, which basically means you know them all!
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Well, to break it down even more. After you memorized the names
of the open strings.

Learn now to tune your guitar..you know.... you hit the notes or harmonics
at the 5th fret


basically everything moved up one string


Now just learn the open position, plus make open chords too.
It will help you with identifying the root.


Then just connect the open posistion with the notes at the 5th fret

OKAY...as i say it repeats itself over and over again.
Using the A note on the E string 5th as a refference piont. (TUNNING)
Everything moved up one string As if it's open posistion.
Bar you index finger at the 5th


As i said, if you bar at the 7th fret it's like open posistion with everything moved down
one string....notice the E note or the 1/2 steps
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look at that and know this:

- half step= 1 fret
-whole step= 2 frets
-every whole step means 1 note ahead.
- starting at F(6th string 1st fret), moving up a half step would be F#(F sharp) or G flat and moving down a half step(which would be 5th string 4th fret) would be F flat or E#

Every whole step is not one note ahead. As aforementioned by previous posts, the intervals between B/C or E/F are half steps.