Don Parkhurst jr

I'm a Conservatory trained musician and guitar instructor who specializes in the Hard Rock / Metal genres. ...

Fundamentals Lesson Seven (GAB on all Strings)

This lesson covers all of your natural notes on the neck and teaches you how to quickly find them with almost no hesitation. By breaking these notes into three smaller groups you will be able to move directly to any note within a second or two.

Since you are memorizing the natural notes you will in the end have the ability to find ANY note on the neck very easily. For example if you know where a G note is you will easily be able to find where a G# is located. All you'll have to do is go up a half step to reach the G#. The same goes with any of the other accidentals ( sharps and flats). All you have to do is find the natural note and move up or down one fret to get to the corresponding sharp or flat note.

Be smart, put some work into this and it will pay back tenfold!

This lesson covers all of your natural notes on the neck and teaches you how to quickly find them with almost no hesitation. By breaking these notes into three smaller groups you will be able to move directly to any note within a second or two.

So since this lesson begins with teaching you how to find GAB all over the neck it would be a good idea to take another look at the GAB notes on the E to get us started!

Here we go!

As you can see we are starting with the same diagram we began the course with. What we are going to do from here is to learn the GAB notes on every string. So let’s start in with learning them on the A string also!

One thing to notice here is that the G is located one fret beyond the 9th fret. Remember that the ninth fret is the last fret containing a single dot on the fretboard before moving onwards to our twelfth fret. This is where I want you to go first when finding the GAB notes on the A string.

Now having said that there is a little crutch you can use at first to find these notes on the A string. I actually just gave you a hint in the last sentence. Check it out!

Remember that all the notes at the twelfth fret are exactly the same as our open string notes. This means that on the A string we also have an A located at the twelfth fret. Well guess what? A is the middle letter in the word GAB! So in the beginning when asked where GAB is located on the A string you could think of A at the twelfth fret first and then fill in the rest of the notes. Again once you are comfortable finding these notes I want you to target the G at the 10th fret first.

Now we are not done with this string yet! GAB is also located in another location on this string. Actually only 2/3 of it. Check out the diagram.

So you have the A and B located at the open and 2nd fret. Since we can’t go back any farther there is no G in this location.

Your assignment here is to find GAB located on the E string and the two locations on the A string. Your goal is to find them without hesitation.

Next we need to move onto the D string. Again when finding this group of notes on the D string I want you to go directly to the fret G is located on without any crutches but you can actually use the notes on the low E string to help you in the beginning.

Just simply go to the A in the grouping of notes on the E string and while staying in this fret go down to the note on the D string and GAB starts there.

Now find the group of GAB notes on the E, A and D strings. Continue on until you transition from string to string without any hesitation. Let’s now move onto the G string!

Again let’s find the GAB notes on the G string! What string is this again? There is a little hint for you. Take a look at the diagram.

First off the note G is the first letter in the word GAB so you could start off with fretting the G at the 12th fret and move onwards from there. What I’m also looking for is for you to start off with the open note G and fretting the A and B at the 2nd and 4th frets. So the name of the string itself tells you immediately where the word GAB is located.

Your assignment now is to add the G string into the mix. As you did with the rest of the strings run through GAB on all four strings until finding them is second nature to you. When you can do this it will be time to add in the B string!

Here is the diagram for GAB on the B string:

As we did with the last string we can use the name of the string “B” to find GAB since B is the last letter in this word. Now just move back down the neck until you find G and you’re ready to roll!

I’ll repeat again that this shortcut is something you can use at first to help but the goal is to go directly to the G at the eighth fret without thinking about it.

Now all that is left is the high E and since we already learned where the GAB notes are on the low E we already know where they are located on the high E.

Now run through all the strings finding the GAB notes until you get to the point where you can move directly to the GAB notes on the next string with no hesitation at all. Once you can do this you have these notes down.

One thing you could try is to grab a metronome or drum machine and try hitting each note on the beat. As you master that tempo move it up a few clicks. Now you don’t have to try to get this to 220 bpm. Just use your own judgment to tell you what tempo is a good place to stop. Once you feel comfortable and can find these notes without struggling you are in good shape!

Just take your time with this. You’re not going to master this in one day. Take it one string at a time adding in the next one only when you feel confident with the strings you are currently practicing.

Make this part of your daily warm up routine and you’ll have it down in no time!

Let's now run through all this for you in the following video!

Now do the same thing with the CD and EF note groups. Remember that CD is located next to GAB and EF is located a whole step up from CD and a whole step down from GAB.

You can split the days up into running through the GAB notes on day one, CD on day two and so on. When you get quicker at this then do GAB and CD on day one and add in EF on day two. Keep rotating like this until you get quick enough to do all three in one sitting. It should only take a few minutes to run through at this point.

In the next lesson I’ll show you a quick shortcut method you can use if you get stuck at any time. See you there!



What a great conclusion to this series of fundamentals. My new-found confidence, now that I know my way around the neck, is already beginning to show in my playing. Thanks a lot, Don. :)