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Thread: Fretboard Knowledge

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    Registered User Dr. J's Avatar
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    Fretboard Knowledge

    Hey Guys

    I am trying to become more familiar with the names / locations of individual notes on the fretboard.
    The ultimate aim is to be able able to place a finger on any fret and identyfy the note.
    I know there has been a previous thread that talked about Flash Cards and various excercises but I haven't been able to locate it.
    Perhaps someone can point me in the general direction

    Your help would be appreciated D.J.
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    Cool

    You might want to look at this thread.

    http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/...&threadid=1476

    I also realize that if you are used to improvising using a certain
    scale box, you get more familiar with the notes in that box. So what I am trying to do is I try to practice playing in other areas of the fretboard to get myself familiar with notes from these areas.

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    I'm just a hack but seeing the fretboard is the one thing I can do relatively well. What worked for me was saying the notes out loud while practising the scales. I did all the 3NPS and box scales and connecting exercises like this. Of course I had to play the scales slower than I normally would and its very tedious but it worked for me.

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    There are also several graphics-based applications that claim to help with the fretboard. There is one that actually does timed tests..it lights up a string-fret combination and you have to select the note. It seemed very flexible, and the web site provides a working version that exposes some of its capability:

    www.fretboardwarrior.com

    This one works differently. Based on the free downloadable demo, it doesn't provide a test mode, but it supports bass, mandolin and I think banjo:

    http://www.virtual-fretboard.com
    Last edited by Bongo Boy; 08-28-2003 at 03:41 PM.
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    Great site with many useful lessons. The guitar fretboard trainer is found in the trainer section. Hope this helps.

    www.musictheory.net

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    Many Thanks

    Talk about a quick response
    I knew there was some info floating around somewhere but you guys blow me away.
    You wouldn't happen to have the winning lottery numbers for next week would you ???
    I'll have a hack at your suggestions and let you know how I go

    Thanks again

    PS
    Bongo the fretboard warrior is a handy way to productively kill a few hours at work when you can't play
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    Cool (:

    I assume you already know the note names of the open strings (e B G D A E), i think you can reinforce your knowledge by reading the intervals articleintervals article
    And oh yes, those box type scales are very useful, too. I suggest you analyze the notes of the specific pattern you are playing. Try to be observant on the locations with the same notes. here are some observations i took while playing and analyzing those scales, i found out the locations of the notes that are the same. it is movable up the fretboard. The tuning is in standard. The illustrations below, i think are octaves.

    e|---|---|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|-0-|---|
    A|---|---|---|---|---|
    E|---|-0-|---|---|---|

    low E string 2nd fret (F# note) == D string 4th fret ( or field)
    (this is movable up the fretboard)

    e|---|---|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|-0-|---|
    D|---|---|---|---|---|
    A|---|-0-|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|---|---|

    A string (B note) skip 1 string then G string, 4th fret (notice the fret distance and 1 string skip)

    now it takes on a bit different, there is a four fret distance, 1 string skip (same note, it's an octave Again)

    e|---|---|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|---|-0-|
    G|---|---|---|---|---|
    D|---|-0-|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|---|---|

    the octave in D and B string is constant in pattern, and movable up the fretboard again.

    now, same with G and high e string, 4 fret distance, 1 string skip

    e|---|---|---|---|-0-|
    B|---|---|---|---|---|
    G|---|-0-|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|---|---|

    I hope this could help greatly.
    Last edited by roel; 08-29-2003 at 01:54 PM.
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