- Guest post by Lars C.
The one „little trick“ that will make a great guitarist is learning the notes on the fretboard. When you actually know the notes, you will have a much better understanding of music theory, scales, building chords, how they are constructed and how they relate to each other. Everything will make much more sense when you learn where the notes are. This will be super helpful in your guitar playing.
I know many guitarists who don’t know notes on the guitar or know some of them. Do I need to mention that they are average guitarists? Learning notes on the guitar can be very useful, and can be that little secret, that will transform you from an „average guitarist“ to a „great guitarist“. Unfortunately, not many people who play guitar do this and pay attention to the notes.
There is a misconception about learning this technique. Some people think that is possible to learn the whole fretboard in a very short time. So for example, if you look online on how to actually learn notes on the guitar, you will come across some titles like this: “Shortcut To Memorize Notes On Fretboard, A simple trick to memorize all guitar notes, Memorize the notes on the guitar in 10 minutes, Learn the notes on the guitar fretboard in 1 day, Easy way to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard” etc. Those will usually be some schemes and mechanisms, for calculating where you are on the neck by looking for octaves, 6th and 1st strings, and things like that – but you will note learn notes for real. Sorry that I will disappoint you, but there are no shortcuts, tricks and there is no easy way. You will not have actual knowledge by these schemes and tricks, so don’t waste your time on it if you want to learn where the notes on the guitar are.
The 6 string guitar, with a fretboard of 22 frets has 132 notes. There is no way to learn 132 notes in 1 or 10 minutes. You will need more time than that, so be ready, it will pay off. Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen.
There is one method that will help you to learn all the notes on the guitar – permanently. Now, that method will take your time, but it’s worth it and you will have real results. I find it’s really worth just taking that extra time and actually learning notes. This is the best method I know to permanently memories the guitar fretboard so that you have instant recall of where any note is on any fret of the guitar neck.
The method that really works, is NeckNotes Guitar Trainer. This is a fantastic thing not only for beginners but for intermediate players also.
I know it’s a pain to start it, but if you take that few weeks to really drill into it than you will have a skill that stays with you for life. Spend a few extra weeks learning notes and then know them instantly for the rest of your life? That’s a good trade-off.
Now, there are many products out there for learning notes on the guitar, but this one is the best, here’s why:
- Multicolored design
Each note can be identified at a distance. The colors will help you to visualize the neck and where the notes are. The stickers are really easy to see while playing, which is great. I usually just turn some music on and start learning a song by ear. With the Necknotes on I began to see the patterns in the music, and everything comes together.
- 24 frets
THE FULL GUITAR NECK all the way up to 24 frets. This makes it so guitar tab translates directly to the guitar neck as you are learning… from songs, scales, and bar chord positions to exercises and also makes following instruction videos much easier. Being able to see the entire layout of the neck at a glance helps to unlock the mystery of the fretboard.
- It’s long-lasting
It can last up to 16 months if you play the guitar every single day, and in that time you will learn all the notes for sure.
The most common questions are:
“How much time would I need to learn notes?”
It depends, from individual to individual. People who have “photographic memory” will learn faster, others will learn slower. But, for a majority of people, I would say, from a month to 2 months. After that time, you will have fretboard memorized. And once you learn it, it will stay with you for a lifetime. So, keep it up that month or two, and you will have the knowledge – and the knowledge is power.
„How to place stickers? Do I need to take the strings off?“
Placing stickers is very easy, you can place it without unstringing the guitar. Check out video below for detailed instructions.
I hope this little trick will help you to pursue your guitar dreams. It’s an easy and simple method, you only need to be persistent with it and the result will come. Consistently and simplicity – that’s the real „trick“ for a success.
Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people.