It's surprising how many guitar and bass players,
even after months and years of serious playing and
study, still don't really know the fretboard of
their instrument. This is especially common
among self-taught musicians.
On the other hand, it also true
that whenever someone finally pays attention to it,
their playing and their enjoyment takes a huge leap
forward - their music takes on a new life.
What about you? Can you put a finger at random
on the fretboard and tell the name of that note
in 0.4 seconds or less?
Can you do that effortlessly, anywhere on the
If you can - congratulations! There are not
many like you. And if you can't, here you
will find how to easily learn and bring
your playing to a higher level.
Here are some of the things that you
can do (or can do better) after improving
your fretboard skills:
- You will understand chords much better.
No more "a finger here and a finger there...",
but real notes - A, E, G, D....
- You will learn chords faster.
- You'll also be able to create and improvise
any chords on the spot. If you know what notes
make a chord (e.g. C major = C + E + G)
you can immediately play it in many
different ways and places, all over the
fretboard, according to your inspiration
- Fretboard knowledge also means
that you will know where to play any
note without fumbling and stumbling.
- You will understand scales
much better, and learn them faster.
- You will be able to use the scales
you learn with carefree abandon.
- It will give you an advantage and
a frame of reference for improvisation.
- Knowing the fretboard will also help
you to translate the notes in your mind
- It will make reading sheet music
- You'll need no more any of those
"chord charts" or "fretboard charts".
Rather, you'll have a master chart
fixed in your mind and ready at the tips
of your fingers.
- While improving our playing
sometimes we get stuck and we don't know
why. In many cases, learning the fretboard
can get you out of your rut and
- With a fluent knowledge of the
fretboard you will better
understand what others are playing.
When you will see another guitarist or
bassist playing, you will immediately know
what notes they are playing, and make much
more sense of it.
- It will also help you to observe,
remember, and then use any good lick or riff
that you notice when somebody else plays.
- How many "wrong notes" do you
play, because you are not sure about
what note is where, or because it
takes too long to figure out?
Wanna stop that?
- Many self-taught musicians
(but not only them!) have some gaps
in their knowledge and skill.
Learning the fretboard will directly
remove a major gap, and indirectly
help with other weak spots.
- While performing, instead of
worrying about getting lost or making
mistakes, your mind will be free to
focus on the music itself, and you
will be able to express yourself
- Even the best players make
mistakes, but a masterful
knowledge of the fretboard
helps to minimize and neutralize them.
In other words, if you know the
fretboard well, even after a mistake
you will fall on your feet, not on
- You will know exactly what you
are playing - notes, scales, chords,
or whatever - and that will make
- Because of your familiarity with
the instrument you will be a lot
more confident and relaxed when you
Many guitar and bass players can
"figure out" a note on the fretboard by
"counting" from the nut or another
familiar note, but...
... are you satisfied with that?
See, if I ask you,
"What note is the lowest string?"
you'll reply "E !"
immediately, won't you?
(Unless you are an absolute beginner.)
Once you know it, you don't need to "think"
about it, you don't need to "calculate"
it from some other note. You just know it.
Now, would you like to know the whole fretboard
just like that?
Difficult, you say?
Actually, no, it's not very difficult,
if you know how to do it...
So, how to do it?
Well, what you need is a METHOD.
A complete, easy, effective and enjoyable
method to take you from here to there,
step by step.