Fretboard Interval Complete Diagrams

Learn Intervals From Any Root Position

This tutorial contains only a few words and many diagrams, that will show you intervals of all kinds across all the fretboard.

Intervals are the building blocks of chords; if you want to know how to construct chords, you must learn your intervals first.

We've already talked about intervals and chords in our complete guitar music theory complete tutorial (be sure to check the previous link if you've missed it); on this page we're going to show you all the possible combinations of interval types and root positions.

Interval Types

As you probably already know, an interval is basically a distance between two pitches. Depending on the length of that distance, the interval assumes a different name. Is not uncommon no have different names for the same distance (like the Perfect Fifth/Augmented Fourth one). This are the so called enharmonics

Pro tip: if you want to memorize fretboard intervals in a fun way, try our Fretboard Intervals Game.

Interval Distance (Semitones)
Root 0
Minor Second 1
Major Second 2
Minor Third 3
Major Third 4
Perfect Fourth 5
Diminished Fifth (Augmented Fourth) 6
Perfect Fifth 7
Minor Sixth 8
Major Sixth 9
Minor Seventh 10
Major Seventh 11
Octave 12

Octave - The Most Helpful Interval

The most precious and useful interval that you can learn is the octave interval. You can use it to quickly find the same note on another string, and thus move smoothly on the fretboard.

Take some time to study the diagram below: notice how octaves create the geometric shapes denoted as A, B and C, and how these shapes repeat themselves (in the same sequence A, B and C) across all the neck. You should master octave intervals perfectly, they will be immensely useful. You can find more information on the guitar fretboard layout here.

Octave fretboard intervals

Full Fretboard Maps | Compact Visualization

Below you'll find the interval maps that show one string at a time. If you want a more compact visualization, with all the intervals in a given chord, please check my complete ebook Chords Domination

C7 fretboard maps

Compact visualization of the fretboard intervals in a Dominant 7 chord (from Chords Domination ebook)

Fretboard Intervals with Root on 6th String

Minor Second fretboard intervals

Minor Second intervals with root on 6th string

Major Second fretboard intervals

Major Second intervals with root on 6th string

Minor Third fretboard intervals

Minor Third intervals with root on 6th string

Major Third fretboard intervals

Major Third intervals with root on 6th string

Perfect Fourth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fourth intervals with root on 6th string

Diminished Fifth fretboard intervals

Diminished Fifth intervals with root on 6th string

Perfect Fifth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fifth intervals with root on 6th string

Minor Sixth fretboard intervals

Minor Sixth intervals with root on 6th string

Major Sixth fretboard intervals

Major Sixth intervals with root on 6th string

Minor Seventh fretboard intervals

Minor Seventh intervals with root on 6th string

Major Seventh fretboard intervals

Major Seventh intervals with root on 6th string

Fretboard Intervals with Root on 5th String

Minor Second fretboard intervals

Minor Second intervals with root on 5th string

Major Second fretboard intervals

Major Second intervals with root on 5th string

Minor Third fretboard intervals

Minor Third intervals with root on 5th string

Major Third fretboard intervals

Major Third intervals with root on 5th string

Perfect Fourth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fourth intervals with root on 5th string

Diminished Fifth fretboard intervals

Diminished Fifth intervals with root on 5th string

Perfect Fifth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fifth intervals with root on 5th string

Minor Sixth fretboard intervals

Minor Sixth intervals with root on 5th string

Major Sixth fretboard intervals

Major Sixth intervals with root on 5th string

Minor Seventh fretboard intervals

Minor Seventh intervals with root on 5th string

Major Seventh fretboard intervals

Major Seventh intervals with root on 5th string

Fretboard Intervals with Root on 4th String

Minor Second fretboard intervals

Minor Second intervals with root on 4th string

Major Second fretboard intervals

Major Second intervals with root on 4th string

Minor Third fretboard intervals

Minor Third intervals with root on 4th string

Major Third fretboard intervals

Major Third intervals with root on 4th string

Perfect Fourth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fourth intervals with root on 4th string

Diminished Fifth fretboard intervals

Diminished Fifth intervals with root on 4th string

Perfect Fifth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fifth intervals with root on 4th string

Minor Sixth fretboard intervals

Minor Sixth intervals with root on 4th string

Major Sixth fretboard intervals

Major Sixth intervals with root on 4th string

Minor Seventh fretboard intervals

Minor Seventh intervals with root on 4th string

Major Seventh fretboard intervals

Major Seventh intervals with root on 4th string

Fretboard Intervals with Root on 3rd String

Minor Second fretboard intervals

Minor Second intervals with root on 3rd string

Major Second fretboard intervals

Major Second intervals with root on 3rd string

Minor Third fretboard intervals

Minor Third intervals with root on 3rd string

Major Third fretboard intervals

Major Third intervals with root on 3rd string

Perfect Fourth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fourth intervals with root on 3rd string

Diminished Fifth fretboard intervals

Diminished Fifth intervals with root on 3rd string

Perfect Fifth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fifth intervals with root on 3rd string

Minor Sixth fretboard intervals

Minor Sixth intervals with root on 3rd string

Major Sixth fretboard intervals

Major Sixth intervals with root on 3rd string

Minor Seventh fretboard intervals

Minor Seventh intervals with root on 3rd string

Major Seventh fretboard intervals

Major Seventh intervals with root on 3rd string

Fretboard Intervals with Root on 2nd String

Minor Second fretboard intervals

Minor Second intervals with root on 2nd string

Major Second fretboard intervals

Major Second intervals with root on 2nd string

Minor Third fretboard intervals

Minor Third intervals with root on 2nd string

Major Third fretboard intervals

Major Third intervals with root on 2nd string

Perfect Fourth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fourth intervals with root on 2nd string

Diminished Fifth fretboard intervals

Diminished Fifth intervals with root on 2nd string

Perfect Fifth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fifth intervals with root on 2nd string

Minor Sixth fretboard intervals

Minor Sixth intervals with root on 2nd string

Major Sixth fretboard intervals

Major Sixth intervals with root on 2nd string

Minor Seventh fretboard intervals

Minor Seventh intervals with root on 2nd string

Major Seventh fretboard intervals

Major Seventh intervals with root on 2nd string

Fretboard Intervals with Root on 1st String

Minor Second fretboard intervals

Minor Second intervals with root on 1st string

Major Second fretboard intervals

Major Second intervals with root on 1st string

Minor Third fretboard intervals

Minor Third intervals with root on 1st string

Major Third fretboard intervals

Major Third intervals with root on 1st string

Perfect Fourth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fourth intervals with root on 1st string

Diminished Fifth fretboard intervals

Diminished Fifth intervals with root on 1st string

Perfect Fifth fretboard intervals

Perfect Fifth intervals with root on 1st string

Minor Sixth fretboard intervals

Minor Sixth intervals with root on 1st string

Major Sixth fretboard intervals

Major Sixth intervals with root on 1st string

Minor Seventh fretboard intervals

Minor Seventh intervals with root on 1st string

Major Seventh fretboard intervals

Major Seventh intervals with root on 1st string

Conclusions

I hope these diagrams will help you improve your fretboard knowledge and music theory skills. Don't forget to request your free access to the download page; you'll get many chords, scales and fretboard pdf.