How to Know The Notes on Guitar Fretboard The Easy Way Pt. 01


This time, I will cover How to Know The Notes on Guitar Fretboard The Easy Way! As a beginner, I used to think that all guitarists know 144 different notes on their fretboards. I got this number by multiplying 24 frets with 6 strings. Or 22 frets in most Musicman and Fender’s made. I was glad to know that I was wrong. 😀

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This is the list of what helps me to get familiar with my guitar fretboard:

Power Chords

The power chord is a chord made by removing the Major/minor identifier, which is the 3rd notes of its relative root. This is G power chord in the key of G MajorTablature:

|———————- <— 1st string
|———————- <— 2nd string
|———————- <— 3rd string
|–5—————— <— 4th string <– this is a high do (G) use pinkie
|–5—————— <— 5th string <– this is a sol (D) use ring finger
|–3—————— <— 6th string <– this is a do (G) use index finger

The tab tells us to play the 3rd fret of the 6th string, the 5th fret of the 5th string and also the 5th fret on the 4th string, altogether.

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By keeping the same form, we can play in all locations starting from 4th string and lower (5th and 6th). The form will change on the higher strings since the 2nd string is tuned differently).

With this method, you can always be sure that The note produced by Index will always be THE SAME with the note produced by Pinkie. And ring finger will always be the fifth note.

Since there are no 3rd notes in power chord, you can use it freely in chord progressions, except the 7th. 7th has its 5th down a half step. But, you don’t have to worry about it now… or do you?

That’s it for now, I will continue deeper on How to Know The Notes on Guitar Fretboard The Easy Way Pt. 02.

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