Do This Every Single Day (Master Your Neck)

If there was one exercise that you should be doing every single practice, and even on off days, then this would be it... In this post I’m going to show you the number one exercise that you should do every day that will help to improve your knowledge of the notes on the neck. Of course, after you master this you can stop. But, not until you nail down all the locations of all of your notes.

I want to get you into doing a fingerboard exercise that is going to change the way you understand the notes on your guitar fret-board for the rest of your life.

If you do this every single day until you fully comprehend the system I’m about to show you, you’re going to understand your guitar notes on the neck better and the destinations you want to have for your chords and your melodies anywhere across the guitar neck will become rock solid…


For the first part of this exercise you’ll need to make sure that you know your open string names. If you don’t know them, you can use a few tricks in the form of sentences to commit the string names to your memory.

The strings are numbered 1 - 6 from the thin string to the thickest.

If you go from string number one to string six, (in other words thin to thick), you could use the sentence, “Every Beautiful Guitar Deserves An Examination.”

Or, another good one is; “Easter Bunnies Get Drunk At Easter.”

However you do it, some type of Acronym-based mnemonic, will probably be the fastest way to memorize all of the guitar strings.

Once your guitar strings are committed to memory, the next step is to grab a piece of guitar fret-board worksheet paper, (I give this stuff away for free on my website), and start working off of each open string and write the correct note name onto the blank frets, from the open string to the 12th fret, (just write them in using a pencil).

You only need to go to the 12th fret because after that everything repeats.

In other words, the 1st fret notes are the same as the 13th fret. And, everything repeats from there on.

Also keep in mind that notes on the guitar always follow a sequence of whole-steps between the majorities of tones, (BTW whole-steps are two frets).

 Now, there is an exception, because in between the notes of, “E and F” as well as, “B and C.” Those areas of the fingerboard will only have a half-step (or one fret) between them.

After you’ve written down all of the notes on the fret-board worksheet paper, also go and play them all on your guitar as well. And, if you want to take things a step further, say the notes out loud on top of all that.

The next step will be to map a single tone on each string laterally. 

This means that as you would travel along the neck and search out each location for the note that you’ve chosen, you’ll be thinking in relation to the horizontal span of the fret-board.

For example, if I chose the note of “B,” then I’d work my way across each string and locate where each note of “B” is found on every guitar string, it really helps you better comprehend the note-positions across the neck.

The final part of this daily exercise routine is going to be focused upon mapping out octaves. 

Once again, you’d start by picking a note, and then once the note is selected, you’ll map out the octaves along the fingerboard to create a more vertical (or what we’d refer to as an, “in position,” study of notes along the fingerboard).

Start at the lowest possible position on the neck, and then work your way up into new positions using new octave patterns of the selected note. 

If I chose the note of “B” then you would begin from the lowest octave using the open 2nd string to the 5th string “B” at the third fret.

After that, continue from there across the rest of the guitar neck.

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  1. I've looked all over your website and can't find the fretboard worksheet PDF. Can you tell me where to download it?


  2. Google search the fretboard worksheet and it will come up.

  3. FYI Search found the fretboard worksheet at:

    1. Thanks so very much! I tried Googling and that's how I ended up here. Much appreciated!

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