Guitar Note Mastery

A Review of Guitar Note Mastery

Guitar Note Mastery is another of those courses that isn’t absolutely necessary to learning the guitar but will improve your soloing and improvisation skills and your knowledge of the guitar notes on the fretboard.

It’s written by the same person who did Guitar Scale Mastery. In the that course he recommends that you learn the notes on all the strings on all of the neck of the guitar. He also recommends you do this by using his course Guitar Note Mastery, but he would do wouldn’t he.

Guitar Note Mastery is priced so low that I decided to give it a go and it’s well worth it.

What I would recommend if you do use both courses is to dive right into learning the guitar scales and the notes at the same time. If you decide to learn just the notes before you start any scales, you might get bored.

Having said that, Guitar Note Mastery is very good and exceptional value. It isn’t one of those courses that just shows you the names of the notes on each of the strings at each of the frets on the guitar neck and tells you to go away and memorise them. It does actually show you how to memorise them with useful exercises.

When I first started playing guitar, I only managed to learn the notes on the 1st high e-string, 5th, and 6th low e-string. The 5th and 6th strings because they’re the root notes of the power chords and bar chords, the 1st string because it’s the same as the 6th string.  I just never found any way of memorising the notes on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings.

So how important is it to learn the notes and scales on all strings and all the way up the guitar fretboard. Think who your favourite guitarists are. Do you think they know a few scales in different positions. Do you think they could name a few notes on the guitar including the sharps and flats.

Regardless of your playing style, or that of your favourite guitarists, your playing will improve if you can learn these notes and scales on your guitar.

Guitar Note Mastery


Guitar Notes For Beginners

How To Learn The Names Of The Notes On The Neck Of The Guitar

First of all, why should you bother to learn all of the guitar notes at every fret of the guitar neck? I know it can be boring and you can get by without doing it but the fact is, you will become a much better player if you learn how to play the right way. You need to learn them even if you aren’t serious about playing guitar. It helps construct yourself as a better player and it will help you with improvisation.

Should you learn guitar scales, guitar chords, or guitar notes first? Most people will say learn your basic chords first, then learn your scales, and notes last. Occasionally you will hear that if you want to understand why the chords work like they do then learn notes. Ideally, you will be doing all three at the same time.

What I’m not going to be doing is teaching you how to read music or guitar tabs. I’m not going to discuss basic chord theory either, that’s for another lesson. Guitar licks and solos will be left for another lesson as well but will be much easier once you’ve completed this one. All I’m going to do in this article is to show you a simple method of finding the notes on your guitar.

The first thing to do is memorise the notes on the sixth, or low e-string, and fifth, A, strings. These two strings are important to learn because they will be the root notes for many chords you play (see: Learn How To Play Guitar Chords).

The neck diagram below shows the notes on the sixth string except for the sharps and flats. Notice that the notes repeat after the twelfth fret. Fret thirteen is the same note as fret one but an octave higher:

Sixth String Notes

The next diagram shows the notes on the fifth string of the guitar fretboard:

Fifth String Notes

From here it gets easier, no more remembering notes. The next diagram shows the relationship between the notes on the sixth and fourth strings. Notice that a note on the sixth string is repeated an octave higher two frets up on the fourth string. This is the distance between the first and third fingers without stretching:

Fourth And Sixth String Notes

The next diagram shows the relationship between the notes on the fifth and third strings and is similar to the previous one. You should now realise that by learning the notes on two strings you can easily work out the notes on two other strings:

Third And Fifth String Notes

If we now add the second string to the diagram of the fourth and sixth strings, we see the relationship is slightly different. Instead of being two frets between the same notes on the second and fourth strings, there are now three. That’s the distance between the first finger and little finger without stretching:

Second, Fourth, And Sixth String Notes

The last of the neck diagrams shows the sixth string and first string, or high e-string. This is the easiest of all, they are both identical.

First And Sixth String Notes

Hopefully, I’ve demonstrated one way of easily finding the notes on different strings of your guitar. There are many other patterns and methods.