Don Parkhurst jr

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

Fundamentals/Lesson three (Notes on the E string)

Now it's time to dig in and really get to work! In this lesson we are going to learn the natural notes on the low E string. If you are familiar with power chords then take the notes you are learning within each lesson and experiment with creating some progression based on these notes.

So let's get started!

You did it! You have completed your first lesson. Congratulations! It may not seem like much of a big deal but the fact that you have started your journey is something to celebrate. Many other players just continue to regurgitate the same licks and riffs over and over without **a clue of what they are playing. **Luckily you have decided to separate yourself from this group. **This is what separates knowing how to play the guitar from becoming an actual musician. You have chosen the path to becoming a musician. For that you need to give yourself a pat on the back!

Let's now move onto learning the names of the notes on each individual string. We will start with the low E string. We of course already know the name of the open string. Now we are going to add in three more notes. In the diagram below we added the notes G,A and B. Check out the diagram!

Learn Guitar notes, GAB

What do these three notes spell out? The word GAB! Just think of someone that talks all the time and just can't shut up. Pretty easy right!

So our word GAB is located at the 3rd,5th, and 7th frets or the first, second and third dots on the fret board.

Let’s now imagine that these three letters in our word GAB are actually musicians in a trio. They have been jamming together for a while and they now have a full set of originals which they have been playing at live shows for a bit now.

They keep getting people asking them for a CD of their material and a few small independent record companies have been asking them for a demo of their material. They decided it’s time to record a CD. And there you go, two more notes added to the fretboard!

Check out the diagram on the next page.

Learn Guitar notes, GABCD

This may be a silly story but hopefully it will help you remember these notes!

So we have GAB located at the 3rd, 5th, and 7th fret or another way to look at it is the 1st,2nd and 3rd dots. We also have CD located next to it starting one fret over on at the eighth fret. Making this one fret movement from B to C is called going up a half step.

Notice that all the other sets of notes aside from B to C have an open fret between them. If you start on the first note in one of these sets and move UP two frets we will have gone up a whole step. Of course if you go down from the last note in the set you'll be going down a whole step!

We have now covered every natural note on the E string except for F. There you go, a new word! “ Natural” We will talk more about this in the next lesson but for now think of it as all of the notes in your musical alphabet. Anyways, how do we know the F note is the missing note? Pretty simple really!

All we do is just run through our musical alphabet and see what’s missing. Did we cover an A in our groupings of notes? Yes, it’s the middle letter in GAB. How about a B? Yes, it’s the last note in the word GAB? How about C? It’s the first letter in the word CD and so on. You get the point. We just move through all of our notes from A to G and figure out if there was one we missed. The final result is we find out we did not cover the note F!

Let me now show you what this looks like on the guitar itself. Check out the video!

Notice anything interesting between the notes E and F? We have another half step. F is located in the next fret over from E. So we now have two half step locations on the diagram. Well actually three but the E-F notes higher up on the neck are just our E-F repeated again up an octave. So these half step locations are B to C and E to F. I want you to hammer this into your head! Repeat the phrase “There are half steps between B to C and E to F”

Learn Guitar notes, Half notes

Repeat this over as many times as you can throughout each day. This only takes a second or two to do. Whenever you have a free moment; waiting for dinner, driving home from work, walking over to a friend’s house, any time you have a spare second ask yourself “ Where are the two half steps?” and answer it with “There are half steps between B to C and E to F.”

Now onto the next lesson!

You did it! You have completed your first lesson. Congratulations! It may not seem like much of a big deal but the fact that you have started your journey is something to celebrate. Many other players just continue to regurgitate the same licks and riffs over and over without **a clue of what they are playing. **Luckily you have decided to separate yourself from this group. **This is what separates knowing how to play the guitar from becoming an actual musician. You have chosen the path to becoming a musician. For that you need to give yourself a pat on the back!

Comments

Nice Mnemonic

I liked the use of mnemonics to remember where the notes lie on the string. Thanks.

learning the bass guitar or guitar

i'm different from most because just after trying to learn the bass guitar i had had an amputatation by trauma to my left thumb, simply put an explosion blew my hand apart and i don't have much use of it but i still have a desire and have over come challenges before

Hey Michael, Good for you for

Hey Michael,

Good for you for not letting your disability stop you from doing what you want to do!

The upcoming lessons will still help you with memorization of the fretboard on the bass. You'll just be learning the E,A,D and G strings and you can skip the rest. That is unless you have a five or six string bass.

Hope you like the upcoming lessons and if you have any questions then don't hesitate to ask!

Again good for you for sticking to your guns and continuing to learn your instrument!

Don