you put a finger at random on the fretboard and tell
the name of that note without thinking? In 0.4 seconds
or less? Can you do that effortlessly, anywhere on the
you can -- congratulations, you belong to the elite
among musicians. And if you don't have this ability
yet but want to develop it, you can start today itself
and within a few weeks you can effectively acquire the
skill and bring your playing to a higher level.
is flexible and versatile:
Bass (4 string classic)
Bass (5 string)
Bass (6 string)
are some of the things that you will be able to do (or
do better) after improving your fretboard skills:
You will understand chords much better. No more "a
finger here and a finger there...", but real
notes - A, E, G, D....
will learn chords faster.
also be able to create and improvise any chords on
the spot. If you know which notes make a chord (e.g.
C major = C + E + G) then you can immediately play
it in many different ways and places, all over the
fretboard, according to your inspiration and creativity.
Fretboard knowledge also means that you will know
where to play any note without fumbling around.
will understand scales much better, and learn them
will be able to use the scales you learn with carefree
will have an advantage and a frame of reference for
will be better able to translate the notes in your
mind into music.
will be able to read sheet music more easily.
You won't need any more those "chord charts"
or "fretboard charts". Rather, you'll have
a master chart fixed in your mind and at the tips of
improving our playing sometimes we get stuck and we
don't know why. In many cases, learning the fretboard
can get you out of a rut and running again.
a fluent knowledge of the fretboard you will better
understand what others are playing. When you will see
another guitarist or bassist playing, you will immediately
know which notes they are playing, and make much more
sense of it.
will also help you to observe, remember, and then use
any good lick or riff that you notice when somebody
See the progress you make and identify weak spots with
map is automatically created as you practice, and tracks