The Key To All The Note Names

Tips For Memorizing The Fretboard

The string names on your guitar are E-A-D-G-B-E.

Some fun acronyms you can use to remember this are:

Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie
Eat All Day Get Big Easy
Eat A Dog, Get Big Ears

Personally I just remember the letter names as is, there aren’t really that many of them.

As I said in the video, download the empty fretboard diagram above, and fill it out completely. Practice doing this once per day until you know it. I’m sure it won’t take you more than a few days before you start getting the hang of it!

As you become more familiar with the fretboard, start looking for patterns. For example, circle all the times ‘A’ appears, and see if you can see the pattern. Starting on the sixth string, you simply go up two strings and two frets, and you’ll see the octave. That pattern holds true all across the fretboard, except on the B string. What other patterns can you find?

Comments or questions are welcome – just leave one below!

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Dirk Henders - September 27, 2018 Reply

Thanks much - this really helped. I've played for years and I knew how to tune to standard tuning, but I never understood how to find individual notes on the fretboard. Now I know.

Dave C - November 25, 2018 Reply

This is my first guitar, my fingers are just now starting not to hurt but I am having fun learning how to read the fretboard.
Thank you for your help.

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