Getting to Know the Notes on Your Guitar's Fretboard
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Unlike the piano, on the guitar there are
often several ways of playing the same note.
A good exercise is to pick a different note
each day and find as many different ways as you can of playing that note
(in different octaves).
Let's start with E. You probably know that the 6th string is E and the
first string is also E. But can you find all of the E's on your fretboard?
What do these E's look like in musical notation? How about the E on the
4th string, 2nd fret? Can you find two other ways of playing that same
E? (These other ways may come in handy in certain musical passages.)
The link below will take you to short "movie"
which will show all of the E's on your fretboard and give you practice
in playing them. The movie will play like on a VCR. Please use the PAUSE
button on the player when necessary to pause the movie so you have time
to find all of your E's!
Click here for a
guitar lesson on finding all the E's on your fretboard.
Have fun, but don't stop here. Tomorrow,
pick a different note and find all the different ways of playing it in
different octaves. Keep going until you master all of the notes on your