Are you learning guitar and you feel yourself stuck in a rut? Do you already master your chords and scales, playing them up and down the fretboard, but you feel that something misses? Well, one of the best investment that you can do in your guitar learning adventure is learning the fretboard.
Often, we guitarists learn tons of chords and scales as fixed and immutable shapes, without the ability to adapt them to our needs. This exposes our sound to the risk of being a little boring and mechanic because basically, we play with static patterns. By learning the notes of the neck you'll be able to see the fretboard as a whole space full of different options and colors. Plus, with a bit of music theory knowledge, you'll be really able to express yourself on the instrument. We already talked about all this stuff in our complete guitar fretboard notes tutorial. But for now, let's focus on helping you memorize all the fretboard notes.
We could brag and say that using the FaChords guitar notes trainer is the best way to memorize the fretboard, but we prefer to let you check by yourself. In order to get the most out of this interactive guitar learning software, here's a quick intro:
The Fretboard Trainer is a simple but really effective game that will challenge you in identify a given note on a random string.
For example, the tool will say "On which fret of the D string is located the note A?": your mission will be to select the correct fret (7th fret :-)
That's easy enough, isn't it? yes, but to make the things more interesting there is a countdown timer: you have 100 seconds to collect as many as possible right answers. If you are a registered user (free) your score will be recorded on the leaderboard.
Every day I get a lot of emails from guitar players that use this game on a daily basis and it seems that the mean time required to memorize the whole fretboard is about 14 days, practicing 10/20 minutes a day (somebody uses this tool even at work, don't tell your boss!)
The guitar notes trainer can be used in two modes: the game mode and the easy mode.
In the game mode, you'll be tested on the whole fretboard and your score will be tracked on the leaderboard. You have 100 seconds to guess as many as possible correct answers. You get +1 point if your answer is correct, you lose 1 point if your answer is wrong (to prevent random guesses). This modality is highly addictive and soon you'll find yourself focused on getting to the top of the leaderboard.
In the easy mode, there is no countdown, you can use the tool at your own pace. You can even select a specific fretboard area to practice, or choosing to practice only some strings. This mode is suitable for the beginner guitar player that needs to learn the fretboard in baby-steps.
In case you have no idea of what is the correct answer, you can use the show answer button to tell the tool to disclose the right fret. In this case, you will not lose any point, the tool will show you the correct fret and then will generate a new answer. This feature has been proven to be very effective for learning the notes that you never encountered before.
At the top of the tool interface, you find the common settings available for all the guitar learning software: you can select the instrument you prefer: alternate tuning, 7 strings, bass guitar, mandolin and many more. If you can't find a tuning you need please send a message here and we'll add it to the list. Finally, for our left-handed guitar friends, there is the possibility to switch to a lefty fretboard view.
Here you find the leaderboard with the top players for this guitar game. Don't be discouraged if your score is lower than the top positions. Remember that time after time your fretboard knowledge gets better, so practice with this guitar learning software as much as you can. You'll be amazed on how well you'll know your fretboard notes.
If you commit yourself to learn the fretboard notes, you can really skyrocket your guitar skills: improvisation, composition, harmony, you'll open up a new world. Of course, like everything in music, these are not strict rules: there are great guitarists that play only by ear, but if you're a normal person like me, you should really consider working on your guitar fretboard notes.
Download the neck maps pdf and have fun with this online fretboard game. Looking forward to seeing you at the top of the leaderboard :-)
If you are interested in learning the guitar fretboard notes and the theory behind the frets check the new lesson series Guitar Fretboard Theory that explains thoroughly how the guitar fretboard works. Stop being trapped in scale boxes and get able to find immediately the melodies that come from your heart.
Don't forget to visit the guitar learning software overview page, you'll find more free tools for learning chords, scales, fretboard, ear training and more.
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Here's a pdf chart of the guitar fretboard notes that you can download for free. It contains the neck notes diagrams for each musical key, with natural, sharps and flats names. This chart is a great aid for learning guitar theory and fretboard navigation... Read more