Learning the Fretboard

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Learning the Fretboard

Post by Riff Raff » January 10th, 2008, 8:13 pm

I made a spreadsheet for myself to help me memorize my fretboard and I thought I would share it with all of you. There is one for 4-string bass and another for 6-string guitar. Let me know what you think.

You can download them here:


You will need to have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer.

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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by Morpheus » January 10th, 2008, 11:16 pm

It seems like a nice tool to save on my laptop. It's good to have something entertaining to do when you could be doing WORK.

Thank you.

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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by diredigits » January 10th, 2008, 11:48 pm

Thanks for posting this. I surely will make use of it.

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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by Montezuma » January 11th, 2008, 8:21 am

Nice work.
If you like this kind of thing (indeed, its good to hunch over the laptop screen and appear to be working :twisted: ) you should also check out the free software at:
http://www.tabguitarlessons.com Its called fretpro.
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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by clideguitar » January 14th, 2008, 6:18 am

Thanks there RIFF RAFF! For BARRE Chords I try to remember the notes (well chords) at the 3'rd , 5'th, 7'th and 9'th frets for
E and A.

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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by Wattsiepoops » January 21st, 2008, 8:15 am

Very nice, just downloaded it in college and it took me 5 minutes to do, if i do that every day ill know the fret board in no time :lol:
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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by Ghost Rider » June 11th, 2008, 10:15 pm

I really like this. Thanks riff raff. Using Excel for such a cool purpose, really seems like "sticking it to the man".

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Re: Learning the Fretboard

Post by Dagwood » June 11th, 2008, 10:26 pm

Once you get the 5th and 6th strings memorized (ie for barre chords and power chords).

Here's a cool way to find notes on the 4th and 3rd string.

I call it the 2x2 rule. Take the note on either the 5th or 6th strings.

Say... root 6 3rd fret....... a "G" right?
Now, go down two strings and up(toward the body) two frets....2x2 = 4th string 5th fret...right? Guess what..its a "G".

Root 5, 5th fret...quick.... its a "D" 2x2 3rd string 7th fret.... also a "D"

This only works where the root is on the 5th or 6th strings and only with "Standard Tuning"....so far as I can tell. :)
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