Neck Knowledge

Professional type skills and high level playing depend on an extensive knowledge of the neck, and how to name the individual notes on the neck. This does not mean being able to "figure out" the name of a particular note, it means being able to instantly and automatically give an exact letter name to every single note on the neck of the guitar without a moments hesitation. I often tell my students that they should the exact letter name and location of each and every note on the neck of a guitar as well as they know their own phone number.

This ability can be developed and mastered in a matter of weeks with the help of the exercises you will find here and through the application of your own focus and creativity.

Lets start by examining and applying two of music's most basic scales:

  1. The Chromatic Scale &
  2. The Major Scale.

The Chromatic Scale

The Chromatic Scale is the scale that contains each and every note in music. The notes in the Chromatic Scale can be given three different types of names:

  1. Natural or normal notes
  2. Sharps or sharped notes (#)
  3. Flats or flatted notes (b)

If you are just learning about this concept or music theory in general, write down the notes of the chromatic scale down on a piece of paper exactly as they appear in the graphic just above. In the music theory learning process, a standard piano keyboard is an essential and invaluable reference:

Open Position

In the open position, the Chromatic Scale is easy to learn because the names of the open strings (E - A - D - G - B - E) are the first note names we learn as guitar players. This type of practicing and memorizing simply on knowing the 2 most basic facts concerning the Chromatic Scale:

  1. The Naturally occurring half steps, (B - C & E - F) on a keyboard these are the notes which do not have a black key between them.
  2. Enharmonic notes, the notes which can correctly be given either of two names, like the note between A & B can be called either A sharp or B flat.

Play along with the animation above and recite the name of each note as you do. As you increase your skill level, divert your attention to THE ULTIMATE GUITAR POSTER and do the exercise as quickly as possible. Once you are in the groove of playing and naming notes in the open position, move the entire exercise in position III, that is to say, beginning in fret III. After that move the exercise higher and higher positions.

The Major Scale

The best way to acquire to skills and knowledge by by building on something you already know, such as the names of the open strings. Since most guitarists are familiar with the sound of the major scale (Do - Re - Mi - Fa - Sol - La - Ti - Do), we've designed a few exercises using the major scale as a way of playing and naming notes.

Linear vs. Position Playing

Most guitarists are first taught to play scales, melodies and musical passages in position, such as the chromatic exercise in the open position just above. Although it may simple and obvious, thinking of scales, melodies and musical passages in a linear fashion is extremely helpful and highly educational when studying and playing the guitar. Again, it's simple but when we say linear we mean playing the guitar up and down the neck, sliding up and down along single strings to execute your ideas.

The animation at left is an interactive exercise designed to teach the names of the notes on the G string 9string 3). Use this table below to learn the notes on the other strings by playing a major scale (Do - Re - Mi - Fa - Sol - La - Ti - Do)in a linear fashion, sliding up and down along single strings to play and hear the scales.

Solfege Syllable
Do
Re
Mi
Fa
Sol
La
Ti
Do
Fret Number
Open
II
IV
V
VII
IX
XI
XII
String Six
E
F#
G#
A
B
C#
D#
E
String Five
A
B
C#
D
E
F#
G#
A
String Four
D
E
F#
G
A
B
C#
D
String Three
G
A
B
C
D
E
F#
G
String Two
B
C#
D#
E
F#
G#
A#
B
String One
E
F#
G#
A
B
C#
D#
E

 

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