Sight Reading 101

Guitar Fretboard

Now it's time to learn where the notes of written music occur on the fretboard of your guitar.

The image below shows the layout of the natural notes on your guitar's neck. This image only shows the fretboard up to the 14th fret. The reason for this is, after the 12th fret everything is repeated. This means that if you have a 24 for fret neck, the notes on frets 13 through 24 are exactly the same as the notes on frets 1 through 12.

Learn the Notes of the Fretboard

To be able to play the music that you're learning to read, you have to know the notes of your guitar's fretboard. Don't worry, this process is easier than it may sound.

Starting with the low E string (the 6th string), memorize where all the notes are, up to the 12th fret. After you have the notes on the low E string memorized, move on to the A string and repeat the process. Do this for all 6 strings.

Course Map:

Introduction | Course Directory | The Staff | Lines, Spaces and Ledger Lines | Flash Cards I: Learning the Notes | The Fret Board | Reading Exercises On Each String | Note and Rest Values | Time Signatures | Rhythm Exercises, Part I | Triplets and Dotted Notes & Rests | Rhythm Exercises, Part II | Flash Cards II: Rhythm Values | Ties | Rhythm Exercises, Part III | Simple Melodies | Course Conclusion

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Copyright 1999 T.A. Vieira, Jr.