Here You Can Learn The Guitar Notes

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Here’s a basic diagram to help you learn guitar notes up to the 12th fret. The pattern repeats there, so just start it over at the 13th fret if you want to go higher.

Congratulations, you’re done…

Just kidding!

Seeing all the notes is not the same as memorizing them, of course.

How to do that memorizing bit, though?

The benefits of learning these notes are apparent, but all too often it’s made out to be tedious work, which it doesn’t have to be. I think this puts a lot of people off the whole idea. They’ll get around to it someday, they think.

Don’t be a “someday-er”. You can learn the notes, I promise, but! You won’t learn them by concentrating really hard, or by wishing you knew them. The only way to do it is to do it.

So pick up that guitar…

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Here You Can Learn The Guitar Notes

Step One – Open Strings

The first thing I’d recommend is learning the notes of the open strings. This lays the foundation for the fretted notes later on.

From top to bottom, when played open, without fretting a note, they are:

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I personally think the best way to learn the names of these open strings is to make up a stupid sentence about them. Don’t worry, you won’t have to tell anyone how dumb your sentence is.

For your benefit, though, I’ll show you mine. I started with the the thinnest string and went to the thickest…

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Completely dumb? Yeah. Something you can remember? Well, yeah, that too. Feel free to work from thickest to thinnest if that helps you.