How to Learn the Notes on the Guitar Fretboard

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Knowing the notes on the guitar fretboard are will help you in several different ways. It’ll help you with learning bar chords, learn songs, techniques, and generally get around the guitar fretboard more easily.

I’m going to show you several techniques for easily identifying the notes on the neck. Then I’ll give you an exercise to help you memorize them easily in just a few minutes a day.

In this lesson...

1. Learn Open Notes:

Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie (low to high)

2. Musical Alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F & G

  •  Two notes don’t have # (b and e)

  •  Sharp (#) - one fret higher

  •  Flat (b) -  one fret lower

3. Memorize Notes on Dots on Lowest Two Strings

  • Frets 3, 5 and 7

  • G, A, B, C, D, E

Learning Notes on The Fret

4. Find the Octaves

  •       On strings 6 & 5—2 frets up; two strings over

  •       On strings 4 & 3—3 frets up; two strings over

5. Note Exercise - Find the Notes on All Strings

I’ve created a download sheet to help you with this lesson including guitar neck diagram and some additional notes. Go ahead and download that here:


I created a course as part of my Real Guitar Success membership site with step-by-step lessons of learning the notes on the fretboard. If you'd like some guidance, check out the course here. Not a Real Guitar Success member yet? No problem. Start your 14-day trial. I’m hoping you stick around… but if not the 14 days should be enough time to check out the course.

About the author 

Tomas Michaud

Playing guitar and creating music is a dream come true for me. I know it can be for you too. You wouldn't be given the desire to play music if you didn't have the capacity to achieve it. I help people every day all over the world to achieve their dream using step-by-step systems that I've been refining for over 40 years. I'd like to help you.

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    1. Hi Paul,

      It’s a good question. It’s probably not the best place to spend your time now if you’re just interested in playing rock lead guitar. Probably better to spend your time on chords (so you can play with others), scale patterns and practicing soloing over background tracks. -Tomas

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