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  • Knowing where the notes are

    Posted by BarbaraM on April 16, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    It seems to me that going through the weekly lessons, that unless I memorize each note or chord, I still have to read the tab to be able to repeat it. Or standard notation. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a skills course on reading notes on the fretboard? I am taking Fretboard Wizard, and I can count up the string to find the note, but it’s slow to do that all the time to figure out what notes are in a chord, or to play by ear if you know what the song sounds like.

    I’ve been doing TAC since the beginning of January, and I practice at least 10 minutes every day, often more.

    the-old-coach replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • TerriG

    April 18, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    Since you’re taking Fretboard Wizard, try to print out the reference material. Page 6 has a reference chart of the musical alphabet on the fretboard. Very handy to use when you don’t want to figure things out. I don’t know if this is what you were looking for, but it is helpful. In addition, get yourself a “Circle of 5ths” wheel – this will reduce the time figuring out chords, Nashville Number System, etc. Handy tool to have on hand and I’ve been using it often especially with Fretboard Wizard. Takes time to learn and understand, but once you get the hang of it – you’ll see quickly how powerful it is. Good luck!

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  TerriG.
    • BarbaraM

      April 19, 2024 at 9:46 am

      Thanks, Terri. I do have it printed out, and I understand the chord matrices, Major and minor formulas, and pretty sure I understand the Nashville Numbering System. It’s if you pointed to a spot on a string, it would take me some following the alphabet up and/or cross referencing to tell you what that note is. The CAGED system is actually helping in that area; while I can’t form all the closed chords, the scales in whatever chord shape, wherever on the fretboard, are helping me to “get” where the notes are. I’ll get there!

  • Moonhare

    April 22, 2024 at 11:43 pm

    I’ll be honest, after 3 years I still don’t know the notes on the fretboard (and I’m a piano player who knows all 88 on that instrument) and although I have been thinking about it recently it hasn’t bothered me or impacted on my enjoyment of playing and writing (see my latest post in Play For Us). But if you want to go for it then try this vid out. I may join you!


    • BarbaraM

      April 23, 2024 at 4:21 pm

      Wow, Moonhare, that was fascinating! I think Tony touched on the part where you move a certain number of strings and frets to find the same note, in Fretboard Wizard. At least it seemed familiar. Now all I need is a transcript of this so I can practice!

  • the-old-coach

    April 25, 2024 at 11:32 am

    Just remember, you don’t have to memorize every note on every string. Yes there are 6 strings and each string has ~20-whatever frets……. 120 different notes, oh no!

    To make things seem WAY less overwhelming, remember, there are only 12 notes, period.

    Decide on whatever note you want. Just pick one. Find that note on whatever string you want. Any note, any where, any string. Now focus on the FIVE pattern-shapes in the video. They show you where every location of the note you chose is located on the entire fretboard.

    And remember- they are all moveable.

    Any note you choose, on any string, any where. Whichever note you chose doesn’t even matter……… Just learn he patterns in the video……. That’s all you need!

    • BarbaraM

      April 25, 2024 at 2:40 pm

      I think I’m getting mixed up with the chord matrices, the Nashville Numbering System, the various CAGED scale shapes, the moving around 2-strings-over-2-frets-up etc to find the same note on a different octave, etc. I think I understand it on paper, but if I wanted a scale in a certain key, I’d have to know the starting point at least, then remember which scale shape and location (fret, string) fits that particular note of CAGED. Am I over-thinking this?

      I’m glad we’re only learning 10% of theory! I need a cheat sheet, on one piece of paper!

  • the-old-coach

    April 26, 2024 at 5:58 pm

    This may be a little easier to understand. This simple, short, video, shows you how to find any note you want, everywhere it is located on the fretboard. That in itself may not be all that useful to you right now, but it is a very important step. A LOT of guitar-learning starts right here- (building on this simple concept of finding your root-notes…. all the way up the fretboard). Hope this helps a little.


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