How To Learn The Fretboard. Part II

More information regarding learning the fretboard, with a few suggestions from other fellow UG users.

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Hello, in this article we will discuss further learning of the fretboard, more specifically additional exercises and techniques that can help you along the way. Note: Before you read this, and especially for beginners, you should read part 1 which can be found here on Ultimate Guitar. Additional Exercises and Techniques: One exercise you might try would be saying the names of the notes aloud as you play them, preferably from memory. It will be difficult at first, but after some practice you will get it quicker and quicker. You can do this by playing scales and naming them aloud as you go up (or down). Another technique you may try would be playing basic riffs from some of your favorite songs and doing the same as you play, this way you won't get tired of hearing the same two or three scales repetitively. Additional Exercises, Techniques, or Information Suggested/Requested by the Comments of Part 1: Some people politely suggested other information that I might consider adding to the first part of this article, they know who they are and I thank them greatly. Other comments were negative, but still helpful and appreciated. Information Requested/Suggested Consists of: The CAGED Pattern: I would cover the basics of this but I feel others could do it better here is a link that should be helpful. - Thank you, My Last Words' The Note Cards Technique: You may try using note cards as reference sheets - using note cards with each fret or string written on it with the notes. You can use them to test your memory with the string number on the front and the notes on the back. Then see how well you can recall without looking. Seems basic but very effective. - Thank you, chadbecks' Tuning Your Guitar (I didn't really know what else to title this information): Each string, starting with the sixth, will give the note/pitch of the open string above it when played at the fifth fret, with the exception of the third string, which will give the pitch of the open second string when played at the fourth fret. This information is most commonly put into action when tuning a guitar, but is still very helpful information regardless of what you use it for. - Thank you, guitar/bass95' Octaves: you'll get the octave of a note by moving two frets up and one string apart, for example you get F from the first fret of E and from the third fret of D. Also, you did not directly mention that the twelfth fret is an octave of the open string too. - Thank you, guitar/bass95' And finally thank you, Theophillis', even though your comment was clearly sarcasm, I got a chuckle out of it. Thank you, for reading. Written by: Neil Mack

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    You can use software like 'GNU Solfege' where there are little exorcises where it sounds out a note and you basically have to use your ears to work out the note and play it on a virtual keyboard. Well what I used to do is work the note out on my bass then play the note on the virtual keyboard to see if I got it right. So you're learning the fretboard whilst training your ears.