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Hi! Welcome to lessonswithtroy.com. Well today’s lesson, I’m going to show your ways to help you memorize all the notes on your instrument. We’re going to stand the key of C major and the C major has not have any sharps or flats so it’s a little bit easier to work with. I’m going to take you through you step by step and we’ll start off, learn all the notes on your single strings. And then we’ll take notes and then we’ll move these notes in different position so that you know not only notes on one string, but you can play that same note on multiple stings. And also, we’ll work with octaves and hopefully by the end of this, you’ll be a lot closer to memorize them all the notes on this thing. Let’s get going there.
So once again, we’re going to be working on the key of C and the key of C major is easy to work with because it doesn’t have any sharps of flats. But a good way of thinking about the key of C is knowing where your half steps and whole steps fall. So what I like to think of is just where to half steps are. You have a half step in between E and F, and you have half step in between B and C.
That’s everywhere on your instrument. So anywhere you have a B to a C or even backward to C to a B or an E to an F, those two can be right next to each other. For example on your 2nd string, open the 1st fret as B and Congress. That goes to right nest to each other. But C to D has a fret in between. So that’s a good way once we started getting and learning these one’s on the single strings. That’s a good way of keeping in mind where these notes are.
Everything’s going to have a fret in between except from E to F, and from B to C. In every string, it’s going to be like that. Fret in between all your notes except B to C and E to F. Let’s go and get started with that first string there and that’s a D string. Now I’m in G B D. For my 6th string, that’s G B D G B D turning. So that first string which kind of goes string by string and let’s start with this first string, it’s a D. So in the key of C we got E, just open it’s a no D.
And also one when I show you this, try to picture the actual letter name we’re playing here. So for example, if this is an open D because I’m looking down here and I’m looking at this open note, and I’m thinking about the open note. I’m actually thinking about the letter D right here too. That will help you. I always visualize everything so visualize a letter D right there. And anytime I tell you I need these notes, visualize the actual note setting there.
So the next note would be E and that’s on your second fret in the first string. Okay your next note is F and that’s on your 3rd fret, first string. Now another thing is I’m going to be going through the tab that I come is--as video so right now, our measures are one and two in your tab and if you don’t have your tab printed out, I suggest go and print it out and set it stand in front of you. And you can follow along too with that and get the letters written in the tab and then above I’ve got the actual letter name written above the tab.
So let’s start again D is open, E is on your 2nd fret, F is right next to that E. E and F are right next to each other so as F, and there’s G on my 5th fret, 7th fret is A, 9th fret is B, 10th fret is C, and 12th fret is D.
So if that sounds weird to you because if we’re going from D to D in the key of C major. Okay its not a D, it’s going to sound like a major scale. It’s going to sound a little bit different because we’re not going from D to D and include in certain sharps so it make it sound like the major scale. We’re just keeping everything in the key of C so you can visualize it without any sharps or frets going on sharps or flats.
So let’s try it again. First string D, E, F, G, A, B, C and D. Let’s go and move on to the 2nd string.