Notes on the guitar fretboard

If you know the position of all notes on the guitar fretboard and also knows how to figure out an interval – as well as the intervals a particular chord type contains – you can quickly construct the chord you need.

An example is when you need to move a chords from one position on the fretboard to another to get a different sound.

C note on the fretboard

The positions of the C note on the guitar fretboard.

Think of a certain notes positions on the fretboardboard as a pattern. The same pattern applies to all notes.

If you learn this pattern it is sufficient to know one position for a certain note, and from this position you can quickly derive the other placements of the note on the fretboard.

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S1C
S2C
S3C
S4C
S5C
S6C

C major scale on the fretboard

Placement of the notes in the C major scale on the guitar fretboard.

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S1EFGA
BCDE
S2BCDEFGA
B
S3GA BC DEFG
S4DEF G A
BC D
S5A
BC D EF
G
A
S6EFGA
BCD E

All notes on the fretboard

The positions of all twelve notes on the guitar fretboard.

Underlined note means open string.

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S1EFF#
Gb
GG#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
BCC#
Db
DD#
Eb
E
S2BCC#
Db
DD#
Eb
EFF#
Gb
GG#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
B
S3GG#
Ab
AA#
Bb
BCC#
Db
DD#
Eb
EFF#
Gb
G
S4DD#
Eb
EF F#
Gb
G G#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
BC C#
Db
D
S5A
A#
Bb
BC C#
Db
D D#
Eb
EF
F#
Gb
G
G#
Ab
A
S6EFF#
Gb
GG#
Ab
A
A#
Bb
BCC#
Db
D D#
Eb
E