Easiest Way to Learn the Note Names on the Fretboard

Learning notes on the fretboard always seemed impossible to me, until I tried this way.

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Learning notes on the fretboard always seemed impossible to me, until I tried this way. We would start by learning all 7 natural notes. (Notes without #'s or b's) We won't use any open strings, and will learn notes up to the 12th fret. Everything after the 12th fret is just a repeat. The video below explains how to write down the locations on fret and string, and go from there. Once you have completed the first note (E), I would learn the rest in this order: G - B - F - D - A - C Just to space things in a way so that you don't confuse them. Pretty easy once you get started. Use as a 1 or 2 minute warm up everyday, longest it should take you is 1 week per note. End of 7 weeks, Presto! You know the names, which is important. I tell my students, when a painter paints, he knows what the colors are he uses and it is just as important for us to know our note names :)
Hope this helps! Quintin Louw

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    This is a great lesson. I've been struggling with this. I will incorporate this into my practice.
    www.fretboardwarrior.com is the best way i found and its free... it also help your hearing as you hear the notes played out, great tool.
    ken styles
    This is a horrible way to learn the locations of notes on the neck. There is a much easier way.
    Decode Music
    Interesting approach Quintin. Have you have found the success of this with your students?
    Thanks Quintin, a five minute lesson has simplified what I have been struggling to understand for a long time..cheers!
    this is great! what about the other notes? where do i find the locations of them?
    You just sharpen or flatten the notes you already learned. If you have already learned the seven notes, all there's left is sharps/flats. You know where D is. D sharp is one fret above D. Same with all sharps - they are always one fret above the natural note. And D flat is one fret below D - again all flats are one fret below the natural note.
    In standard tuning, this puts all the notes five spaces from each other. Starting at the low E: 12-5=7, 7-5=2, 2-5=9 (remember it's 1 through 12), 9-4(B string relation)=5, and finally 5-5 brings us back to 12 on the high e.
    Great lesson, I will be using this everyday for warm ups. I've actually been trying to find an effective way of memorizing all of the notes!
    Thank you for posting this, I've started trying to learn the names of notes about a week ago, this will really help a lot.
    i usually associate notes with feelings or songs in which i've heard them used primarily C is the doom tone C# is the dead tone D is the heavy tone Eb is the 80s metal/90s Metallica tone E is the standard tone F is the satan tone F# is the dead tone Led Zeppelin used in "immigrant song" G is "The Mob Rules" tone G# is the "Invisible Kid" tone A is the "Breaking the Law" tone Bb is the Sound of Music tone B is the Tyr tone