Natural notes only:
Natural and sharp notes:
Natural and flat notes:
To help our students learning the notes on the fretboard, we have created this guitar fretboard chart that you can download for free. If you feel confused about the musical keys, or you are struggling with the name of the notes on the guitar fretboard, you'll find these diagrams useful.
The fretboard notes chart contains the diagram of the notes on the neck for each musical keys, visualized in a clear and easy-to-remember layout. Also, all the musical keys are organized following the circle of fifths, that is a way to display and memorize the sharps/flats that belong to a given key. Starting from the C key, that has not any sharp/flat, you'll notice that changing key, following the circle of the fifths, will introduce just one single sharp/flat at a time. This concept is well visualized in the pdf, so download it now and begin to master music theory!
C Major: C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C
One of the best ways to learn the notes on the fretboard is to start memorizing only the natural notes. This strategy requires less effort, as you have to deal with just 7 notes. So here below you find the guitar notes diagram for the C key. Take your time to memorize these notes, as they'll be the foundation for more complex concepts.
Once you have the major C notes under your belt, you can proceed to the next key, that, following the circle of fifths, is the G key. The G key has the F sharp instead of the F, so you only have to raise the F by one half-step
G - A - B - C - D - E - F# - G
D - E - F# - G - A - B - C# - D
Sharps/flats: F# C#
The D major key introduces the C sharp notes, now you're a fretboard wizard and you easily find this new note by raising the C note by one half-step.
A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A
Sharps/flats: F# C# G#
The same mechanism of above, the new note in A major key is G#. So please raise that G by one half-step
E - F# - G# - A - B - C# - D# - E
Sharps/flats: F# C# G# D#
Here it comes E major key with a new note, the D sharp
B – C# - D# - E - F# - G# - A# - B
Sharps/flats: F# C# G# D# A#
Now it's time of the B major key, A sharp is the new note! You'll find the other keys and relative diagrams in the pdf.
- To learn more about the fretboard theory and how the guitar neck works, check our Fretboard Guitar Theory Tutorials
- This online game will help you learn the notes on the neck in an easy and fun way. Hope to see you at the top of the leaderboard
- Guitar Notes Diagram download link
On guitar books or on teaching sites, you'll often find a chart of the fretboard like to one shown below. Basically is a table, with the frets represented horizontally and the strings one on the top of another. The lowest E strings (6th string) is placed at the bottom of the table, while the E high string (1st string) is at the top. In the chart below, each note has its own color, in this way is easier to see where the same note is placed on different frets.
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