Learning The Guitar Fretboard One String At A Time

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THE GUITAR FRETBOARD AT A GLANCE

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YourGuitarGuide here to explain the guitar fretboard.

While your holding your guitar. The top string is the thickest, and the strings get thinner as you move downward to the first string.

  • In that order you have the 6th string it is an E.
  • The fifth string is an A.
  • The Fourth string is a D.
  • The third string is a G.
  • The second string is a B.
  • The first String is a high E.

So if you were to strum downward, one string at a time you would have: E A D G B E.

Those are all open notes. But if you put your finger on the string at different frets. They become different notes.

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 Let’s take a look at the 6th string.

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  • On the 6th string at the very first fret when held down it is an F.
  • Now move up a fret to the second fret on the 6th string and it is an F#. Next move up a fret again on the 6th string, which is the 3rd fret you have a G.
  • Then the G#, is at the fourth fret, an A, follows on the next fret, The A is at the 5th fret, 6th string.
  • A#, is at the 6th fret.
  • B. Wait! Something you need to know there is no sharps between E or B.
  • So moving back up the guitar neck after B is C.
  • C is on the 6th string at the 8th fret.
  • C#, is the note at the 9th fret on the 6th string of the guitar.
  • Next on the 10th fret is the D note when held down on the 6th string.
  • D#, is the note held on the 6th string at the 11th fret.
  • E is the note at the 6th string 12 fret when holding the string at the 12th fret.
  • If we put it all together the 6th string  looks like this:

E  F  F#  G  G# A  A# B  C  C# D  D#  E

Remember NO Sharp E to F or from B to C.

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Let’s take the 5th string and move up the frets.

  • We know the open string is A. Putting your finger on the string at the first fret. Pick it and it is an A#.
  • Move up a fret to the second fret, and hold the fifth string this note is the B.
  • Next is the C, on the 3rd fret. Remember there are no Sharps from E to F or From B to C.
  • Then if you move up from C and push down on the 5th string at the fourth fret you are playing a C#.
  • D, is played at the next fret on the fifth string. Which is the 5th fret.
  • When you move up a fret to the 6th fret and play the 6th fret you are playing the D#.
  • Move up a fret and pluck the string it is an E. Played on the 7th fret.
  • Remember there is no Sharp from E to F, so if you move up a fret you are playing an F.
  • F, is played at the 8th fret 5th string.
  • Now if you move up another fret you will be playing F#, at the 9th fret.
  • G, is played at the 1oth fret on the fifth string.
  • Again move up a fret and play the fifth string at the 11th fret and this is the G#.
  • Finally if you play the fifth string at the 12th fret you are playing A.

By now you are probably seeing a pattern. So to make a long Story short. I will show you the other four strings like this:

 4th string: D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D.

3rd string: G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#,E, F, F#, G.

2nd string: B, C, C#, D, D#,E, F, F#, G,G#, A, A#, B.

1st string: E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C,C ,D, D#, E.

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When you get to the twelve fret it all starts over again. E A D G B E.


Learning the fretboard

Hopefully this will make things a little more clear to you.

  1. Get your guitar out and start at the first fret 6th string. Be sure to say it out loud.  Start with the E and move up the fretboard until you get to the 12th string. It won’t be long before you know where to find the notes. If you have any problems use the diagram PDF to guide you along.
  2. Take a blank sheet and make 12 x 6 boxes and right in each box what note goes in there. It starts E then the next fret or box, fill in the blank.

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