Find Every Note On The Neck

A lot of people I meet complain about how they hate finding and memorizing all the notes on the neck. There's a really simple and easy way to find them, just read.

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First off you have to know all the notes for frets 1-12:
e||-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|
B||-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|
G||-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|
D||-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|
A||-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|
E||-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|
Thats a lot too remember right. By the way (#) means sharp. There are flats too, but I'll keep them out for simplicity's sake. Now did you notice how B and C are together and E and F are too. Thats the key to finding them. All you have to do is memorize the order: A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#. Not that hard at all. Right?

Now, this helps if you have your guitar, on the E string if you think of the pattern down the neck it goes from fret 1-12:


E||-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|

Do you see the pattern in there? See how it continues that pattern I told you to memorize from E, and when it ends at G#, it just starts back over again from A? It goes through that same pattern on every string. As you see again in this tab:

e||-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|
B||-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|
G||-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|
D||-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|
A||-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|
E||-F-|-F#-|-G-|-G#-|-A-|-A#-|-B-|-C-|-C#-|-D-|-D#-|-E-|
Knowing this also helps you tune your guitar by ear as long as you know what just 'one string is tuned to. How you ask? Okay, suppose that you don't know what any of your strings are tuned to except for your 6th string, the thickest string. Which is tuned to an E in this case. You can tune your A string just by finding the "A" on that string, picking it of course then tuning your A string, the one right next to it, by ear. Simple right? If you got any questions just ask.

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    Mr.TwoCents
    Well it helped me and tons of people at my school. It's not for everyone apparently. This post is more of a tool, you can use it in whatever way you want to.
    davidpetrey
    Well I was also confuse at first but the title of the article is "Find Every Note On The Neck" not memorize every note on the neck. So for someone who doesn't know anything about music theory I guess it could be of help, but not for memorizing.
    poniesqb11
    LOved it, Thank you my friend.....It makes tons of sence to me. I believe we all can use different methods for memorization. This one works perfect for me...Thanks again....
    canadianpenguin
    I'm sorry but all you've done is show me several charts of the neck and the notes. How on Earth is that going to help me memorize them? Now I already know them, but a much better way is to play a note on the E string, and then find said note on all the other strings. That's the knowledge and the practice in one blow. Basic theory is a necessity for this.