Introduction to the Guitar Fretboard - Riff Ninja

Introduction to the Guitar Fretboard

Let’s face it, if you are going to be serious about your guitar playing, you are going to have to know the guitar fretboard. Of course, the fact that every string and every fret looks pretty much the same makes it a lot harder to tell different notes apart, when compared to other instruments. But this can actually make life easier.

The basic concept you will need to understand is that of ‘tones’ and ‘semitones’ – the frets are one semitone apart, just like each key on the piano – and once you know how the notes are laid out on one string, you will be able to work it out at any position on the fretboard. These ‘tones’ and ‘semitones’ are also referred to as ‘whole steps’ and ‘half steps’, so don’t let that confuse you.

What’s also easy when we’re figuring out the guitar fretboard is that we only have seven notes to work with: A, B, C, D, E, F and G. And all you will need to know to get started is the note names for each string.

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