So you have probably learned how to play guitar using tabs (and maybe by ear) but you want to advance your skills one step further? You can try online lessons, see for example review here – guitar tricks review, or learning the fret board and the notes is an excellent way to do that for many reasons. Some of these reasons include:
It improves your soloing
Accurate soloing depends heavily on knowing your way around the fret board. Knowing the notes will improve your accuracy drastically and you won’t have these embarrassing moments where you think you’re playing it right but in reality it sounds horrible because you’ve missed a couple of frets.
All of the chords can be moved around. If you know the shape of a chord, you can move it anywhere (not recommended for beginners)
Scales are what you use to write music
Much like chords, they also can be moved around the fret board. Various riffs and melodies may sound very differently (even better in some cases) when played in a different key. This is also an important skill to be able to play the melody you just heard, which is very useful to some people, particularly musicians of course.
If I was able to convince you (or maybe you were convinced in the first place), here are some tips to help you in your learning of the notes;
Back up your knowledge with effort and vice versa. This guarantees the best results.
It is recommended to spend at least 20 to 30 minutes every day learning and practicing.
A tuner can help you in measuring your progress
This little instrument can help evaluate your efforts. It provides instant feedback and can give you that needed boost of confidence.
Take it slow: one step at a time. Also, document your progress
You might want to keep a diary or a journal to help measure your progress. And do not rush it! It will come to you, sooner or later.
First of all, you should memorize the location of BC and EF notes. They are one fret away from each other (other notes are farther away from each other). So, if you learn these first it becomes easier to spot the other ones.
The second step will be to remember the location of EF note cluster (you should do this on all six strings). There are various charts and schemes available online for that, so make sure to utilize them.
After you have done that, you need to learn how to put together notes that aren’t found in pairs naturally. You can combine any pair of note, really, but I advise combining A and B for DC cluster.
These are the basic steps you will need to master in order to memorize the notes on the guitar and learn them. Remember, this is not a simple task. It may require more time than expected and may appear very hard at first. However, be sure to practice a lot and measure your progress and you should be good in two or three weeks.