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  1. Sebastian
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 16:13:39

    Hey, what a cool article about learning the fretboard-I´m a GIT graduate and I can say that knowing all the notes on the fretboard makes guitarplaying in all styles of music truly a lot easier – and every student should get into this and have fun…..keep on rocking

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  2. Bobby Kittleberger
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 13:47:11

    Nice post, although I would say your final four points are a bit too general to be substantially helpful. I think to really “know the fretboard” and understand the modes and scales that you play, there simply must be at least a foundational understanding of music theory. If you don’t get some of the mechanics behind the movement, you’ll be confused no matter what.

    Learning the notes are a good start, but again, I’d say this needs to be taken a few steps further. No hard feelings though, just some constructive criticism.

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  3. Dave
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 18:32:08

    Hey great post. When I started playing my teacher always told me that “your playing can’t come alive until you know the fretboard like the back of your hand”. It amazes me how many guitarists who consider themselves “experienced” don’t know the fretboard at all. It’s interesting because this seems to happen with guitar more than other instruments.

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  4. David Miller
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 20:40:28

    I learned during years of teaching what I found to be the quickest way to learn the fretboard. Even 7 year old kids learned in no longer that 3 weeks, many within one week. First and foremost one must know the chromatic scale. A to A again with all sharps and flats included (the musical alphabet in half steps, 1 fret) All letters have a sharp/flat between them except for B to C and E to F. Second, obviously know the strings names for your tuning; Standard tuning E,A,D,G,B,E. Then memorize the note names for dotted frets a string at a time (at least 2 strings per week) , example: 6th string is 3rh fret G, 5th fret A, 7th fret, B, 9th fret C# and the 12th starts over again with the string names. Then anywhere you put your finger on the string you will instantly know the note name because you are on or next to the few you memorized. It’s like memorizing it all without memorizing it all. That technique never failed. I wish I had thought of that when I was a kid teaching myself. Keep on pickin’ just don’t pick your nose.

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