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Why Knowing Every Guitar Note Makes You Play Better

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Why knowing every guitar note makes you play better takes a holistic approach to understand the guitar. There are many ways to learn to play guitar. Should you learn notes first or chords? The answer is up to you and your teacher. There is no one one-size-fits-all answer. It’s important not to let your lack of mastery allow you to feel overwhelmed or slow you down. I’ve included the exact basics of what you need to learn. Continued repetition is the key to moving from mere exposure to mastery.

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Why Knowing Every Guitar Note Makes You Play Better

Don’t let this slow you down

Consequently, it’s not only possible to learn notes later, it’s actually common. Be that as it may, I teach them now so you can start forming ideas about how to apply your knowledge later. Music theory is a vast body of musical knowledge. There is great benefit in being exposed to it early. It’s not important for everything to master everything at this point.

The basics – why knowing every guitar note makes you play better

why knowing every guitar note makes you play better
Fretboard notes

Stay with me! Let’s take the above chart step by step. While it may look overwhelming, taking one string at a time, you can understand and apply it. Let’s look at the top line covering the E string. Reading across the top line the notes are as follows: 1st fret is the note named F, 2nd fret is the note F#, 3rd fret is the note G, 4th fret is the note G#, 5th fret is note A, 6th fret is the note A#, 7th fret is note B, 8th fret is note C, 9th free is C#, 10 fret is D, 11th fret is D#, and finally the 12th fret is E.

What to do next

The best thing to do next is to play the notes on your guitar while naming each one out loud. Go ahead. Start with the E note on the thinnest string. Play it and say “E”. Then move up to the next fret. Play it and say “F”. Are you with me? Is it making sense? Continue this approach all the way up the neck of your guitar. Go slow. Make sure the string does not buzz. Say the name of the note as you play it

Here’s a link to a helpful site to provide more help. I have other posts which can help too.

While this is new, it’s important to remember that the more you repeat these simple steps, the closer you come to memorizing note names on all the strings. Once that occurs you can’t help but play better because your knowledge has increased.


OK – you’ve made it this far! Congratulations! We’ve covered the idea that knowing every guitar note takes time but is still important. Because of this, it’s good if you just take it slow and don’t worry if everything isn’t perfect. Next, just do the basics. one string at a time. Once one string is down, move to the next string. Stay with it. It won’t take long until you surprise yourself with what you are able to retain. Check your progress here.

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