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Naming The Notes On The Fretboard Pt.2

FavoriteLoadingBookmark this Lesson. The lesson this Christmas morning is Part 2 of our series on learning to name the notes across the fingerboard.

Now that we can name the notes on the 6th string we will use that knowledge to figure out the notes on all the other strings.

If you are consistent in your note naming practice you should see big improvements rather quickly. Just try and stay in the mindset that you want to know every note that you play at least some of the time.

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Naming The Notes On The Fretboard Pt.2

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11 Comments

  1. Tom Daniels on March 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Sweet. Not hard to remember at all.

  2. steve plourde on April 5, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Carl, This is the most logical lesson I have seen. I have tried to make musical games figuring this out. GABE just made my life easier.

  3. Spin on November 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Great lessons! Carl keep the great job!
    Here is another way that you can use to memorize the notes on the 5th and 3rd string in case you know the CAGED system (or A Shape Chords): The 5th and 3rd string are the tonic note for any A Shape chord that you play, which means that if you play an ‘A Shape’ C Major Chord, the 5th and 3rd string will be the note ‘C’. That makes it very easy to find the notes on those strings. If you want to know a note on the 5th string, imagine that you are playing the A Shape Barre chord with you index finger at the same fret that you would like to know the note on the 5th string. Example: A shape barre chord on the 3rd fret is C Major, therefore, the note name of the 3rd fret on the 5th is also ‘C’. The same thing applies for the 3rd string however 3 frets higher. Cheers!

  4. Spin on November 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Little correction on my explanation:

    Here is another way that you can use to memorize the notes on the 5th and 3rd string in case you know the CAGED system (or A Shape Chords): The 5th and 3rd string are the tonic note for any A Shape chord that you play, which means that if you play an ‘A Shape’ C Major Chord, the 5th and 3rd string will be the note ‘C’. That makes it very easy to find the notes on those strings. If you want to know a note on the 5th string, imagine that you are playing the A Shape Barre chord with you index finger at the same fret that you would like to know the note on the 5th string. Example: A shape barre chord on the 3rd fret is C Major, therefore, the note name of the 3rd fret on the 5th STRING is also ‘C’. The same thing applies for the 3rd string however 3 frets higher. Cheers!

  5. Erick on February 1, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Thanks man, cool tricks to help me know what I’m playing.

  6. Basel on July 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Just perfect Carl ..
    Keep going

  7. Blair Christopher on February 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Great lesson! Fantastic little trick. The problem solving almost keeps it interesting by itself.

    Quick question if you don’t mind. This is the first lesson I’ve noticed your strap locks. What do you use? I have a Fender Strat American Standard and keep losing my strap.

    • Carl Brown on February 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Hey Blair, that was a set of strap locks that I used a long time ago. To tell you the truth, they didn’t work very well.

      I just use the Dimarzio clip lock straps now. The only thing you need to watch out for with them is to make sure you wrap part of the plastic lock with duck tape or something because if it comes in contact with your guitar it will scratch it. 🙁

      • Blair Christopher on February 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply. Perhaps some black electrical tape. And thanks for the work you’ve put into your lessons.

  8. noah haji on April 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    your a heaven for me sir

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