Barre Chords Bootcamp - Prep Video #1
How To Name Notes (and eventually chords) On The 6th String
…in 3 Simple Steps!
The 3 Simple Rules of Naming Notes on Guitar
Here are 3 simple rules to naming notes on the guitar. This will help us easily name the Barre Chords in the Bootcamp.
Read the rules a few times and if any rule is unclear, then follow the playing instructions below step by step and it will click:
- The Musical Alphabet consists of A, B, C, D, E, F, G…
- Every single letter has a SHARP (#) after it (ex. ‘A’ then ‘A sharp’ then ‘B’) …
- Except for B & E (think “Breaking & Entering”)
As long as you follow these 3 rules, then you’ll be able to name notes on your guitar. It’s just like saying the alphabet from A-G, adding a sharp (#) to each letter, except for B & E.
The only difference in this video is that we are starting on E and going through the alphabet from there.
Everything else remains the same…
So here is the complete order of notes from A - A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, etc.
Only now we start on E and move forward from there in the exact same order:
E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, etc.
So when we apply this to the 6th string on the guitar, we follow the pattern above and call out each letter as we play each note from the Open 6th String to the 12th Fret.
(To keep things simple, look at your fretting hand and ONLY use your index finger to move from fret to fret)
- Play the open 6th string and say “E”.
- Play the 1st Fret and say “F” (remember, E doesn’t have a sharp).
- Play the 2nd Fret and say “F sharp”.
- Play the 3rd Fret and say “G”.
- Play the 4th Fret and say “G sharp”.
- Play the 5th Fret and say “A”.
- Play the 6th Fret and say “A sharp”.
- Play the 7th Fret and say “B”.
- Play the 8th Fret and say “C” (remember, B doesn’t have a sharp).
- Play the 9th Fret and say “C sharp”.
- Play the 10th Fret and say “D”.
- Play the 11th Fret and say “D sharp”.
- Play the 12th Fret and say “E” (you might see two dots on this fret).
Simple, right? (If not, then don't worry. We will cover this again in the Bootcamp)
Now let’s put this into a quick exercise (like in the video above).
Imagine a race, where the open string ‘E’ is the starting line and the 12th Fret ‘E’ is the finish line.
Whenever you go from the starting line to the finish line and name all the notes from E – E on the 6th string, we’ll call this one ’round’.
IMPORTANT: The only difference from the race analogy is that this exercise is played SLOWLY. There’s no rush or steadiness required. Go at your own pace.