Learn the notes on the fretboard

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Normally when people arrive at learning guitar scales, it's sure that they now the basic things like (notes on the fretboard, some chords...etc), but just to make sure, this is an introductory lesson on notes.

The western music is based on 12 notes "12 notes scale", with these 12 notes, we can play billions of combination, and that's what scales are all about (different combination of notes).These notes are in this order beginning from the note A.

A - A# - B - C - C# - D - D# - E - F - F# - G - G# ,and back to A.

You can see that B and E doesn't have sharps (#). "#" means higher in pitch by a semitone or half step."Flat" means lower in pitch by semitone ===> A# is the same as Bb (flat).

The standard tuning of the guitar (the six open strings) is E - A - D - G - B - E (you can use a guitar tuner to tune it). If you play the first open string or thickest, that's an E, if you hold the string down at the first fret it's an F, if you hold it at the second fret, it's an F#....and so on.You can go to Google image and type "guitar notes", you'll find a lot of charts describing guitar notes.

As you can see in guitar, if you reach the 12th fret, the 12th fret has the same note as the open string but 1 octave higher (12 successive notes).

Learning guitar notes is the first step in learning guitar scales process, so make sure that you master it in order to move to another step.

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