Start to learn the notes on the E & A string by heart.
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"Do I have to know the location of all notes on my guitar ?"
the answer is NO, not really. Of course if you do, that's great and also very helpful.
What we do have to learn are the root notes on the 2 thickest strings (E & A string)
See drawing above.
In a standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-e) the first note on the thickest string (no finger pressed on the string) is an E and on the second thickest string an A.
When you know this it is pretty easy to determine where the notes are based.
Practice this every day until you know the notes of the E & A strings by heart. you will also notice that as fret 12 everything repeats again.
If we know these by heart we can find any note on the guitar instantly.
In the 2nd drawing I used an example for the note C. I have connected the lines for all C's on the guitar neck. This scheme works for any note on the guitar.
In the 3rd drawing I did exactly the same but for the A note.
You will see that the logic is always the same
E & A string = 2 frets right and 2 strings down
D & G string = 3 frets right and 2 strings down
B & e string = 2 frets right and 3 strings up
In the last drawing I have placed all notes and gave each note a different colour. You will see by using the fixed structure I showed you for C and A that any note can be found very fast without having to learn them by heart.
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written by Peter Bos