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Learn All the Notes on the Guitar

The following interactive graphic shows the positions of each note on the fretboard of a six-string guitar. Move your mouse or tap over the image and explore. And then play them on your guitar.

How to use

The highest pitch (No.1 string) is shown at the top, and the lowest pitch (No.6 string) is shown at the bottom. The left most dots indicate the note that would be played if the string was plucked ‘Open’. The right most dots show the notes played when pressing at the 12th fret. Think of this as mimicking the way you would(as a right-handed guitarist) view the fretboard when playing.

The tuning is assumed to be the standard tuning of E-A-D-G-B-E, and the chart shows all of the notes in the key of C major. i.e. The sharp/flat notes between the naturals are not shown. You can also think of these as the white-keys on the piano.

Hovering your mouse over each fret will highlight/show the note value and also all the places that same note may be played on a different string.

More Advanced

  • Scales - You can select all the major and minor diatonic scales. The ♯/♭ button allows you to toggle between the sharp/flat equivalents of each scale.

  • More Frets - You can choose to show more frets if you like. Although 12-frets covers a whole octave so the pattern just repeats itself for frets 12-24.

  • Fret Numbering - The fret numbering can be displayed in just plain decimal numbers or in roman numerals if you prefer.

As per the first chart standard 6-string tuning applies. And the normal guitar tab convention for the strings is followed where string #1 is the topmost string and is the one with highest pitch.

Practice Idea

It can be fun to improvise. Just play up and down as you feel like keeping to the notes shown and avoiding the positions where there isn’t a dot. You’ll be soloing in the key of C.