Mike Philippov

Mike Philippov is a professional musician, music instructor and composer. He writes articles about learning and practicing guitar that are published on websites around the world. On his website http://PracticeGuitarNow.com you can find many more guitar practice articles and advice about becoming a better guitar player.

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  1. Sebastian
    February 7th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    Hey, what a cool article about learning the fretboard-I´m a GIT graduate and I can say that knowing all the notes on the fretboard makes guitarplaying in all styles of music truly a lot easier – and every student should get into this and have fun…..keep on rocking

  2. Bobby Kittleberger
    February 13th, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Nice post, although I would say your final four points are a bit too general to be substantially helpful. I think to really “know the fretboard” and understand the modes and scales that you play, there simply must be at least a foundational understanding of music theory. If you don’t get some of the mechanics behind the movement, you’ll be confused no matter what.

    Learning the notes are a good start, but again, I’d say this needs to be taken a few steps further. No hard feelings though, just some constructive criticism.

  3. Dave
    March 11th, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Hey great post. When I started playing my teacher always told me that “your playing can’t come alive until you know the fretboard like the back of your hand”. It amazes me how many guitarists who consider themselves “experienced” don’t know the fretboard at all. It’s interesting because this seems to happen with guitar more than other instruments.

    • Yeser
      February 20th, 2015 @ 1:45 pm

      I agree. Music theory really adds extra help with everything, especially memorizing the fretboard.

  4. David Miller
    March 27th, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    I learned during years of teaching what I found to be the quickest way to learn the fretboard. Even 7 year old kids learned in no longer that 3 weeks, many within one week. First and foremost one must know the chromatic scale. A to A again with all sharps and flats included (the musical alphabet in half steps, 1 fret) All letters have a sharp/flat between them except for B to C and E to F. Second, obviously know the strings names for your tuning; Standard tuning E,A,D,G,B,E. Then memorize the note names for dotted frets a string at a time (at least 2 strings per week) , example: 6th string is 3rh fret G, 5th fret A, 7th fret, B, 9th fret C# and the 12th starts over again with the string names. Then anywhere you put your finger on the string you will instantly know the note name because you are on or next to the few you memorized. It’s like memorizing it all without memorizing it all. That technique never failed. I wish I had thought of that when I was a kid teaching myself. Keep on pickin’ just don’t pick your nose.

  5. fa
    November 14th, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

    “To become more creative when playing guitar solos or writing songs, one fundamental thing you must learn is where all the notes on the fretboard are all over the guitar. Most importantly, you need to be able to recall the notes quickly, in the same way you can recall your birthday, your phone number or other facts that you know by heart.”

    Ok, gotcha, now how do I use this to make some music?

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