Reading Everything to the 5th fret

Wow. Look how far you've come since you began. You came from not being able to read much, if at all, to now being able to read a variety of musical pieces in simple notation!

Today, we're going to be reading EVERYTHING up to the 5th fret.

All that means for you is that you're going to have to learn two more notes per string. That's it!

Basically, you can think of it as "Filling in the gaps" if that makes it easier for you.

Lets look at the current map of the fretboard:

Notice how there are all of those "gaps" in between the notes that you currently know? Today, you're going to be learning those notes.

Lets start, yet again, with the E string:

If you'll recall, the first note is the open E. The first fretted note on the E string was...... F. What is the note on the second fret then? This note is known as "F#" or "Gb". Why is the same sounding note actually two different written notes? Let me give you a quick explanation.......

When two notes that sound exactly the same are called different names (Such as the example above), they are what is known as "Enharmonic" notes. Enharmonic means that the note sounds the same, but is actually spelled differently, depending on a few different things (such as the key and the composer's choice).

For example, in the Key of G, you would generally use an F# instead of Gb due to the fact that the key is G and putting a Gb into the music where it would be better read as an F# might be confusing from a reading and theoretical point of view.

The only thing that it really affects is musical notation and theory, so while it is important to know, I've had people use both note names interchangeably during jams and it hasn't really messed anything up.

If you don't remember the page I wrote on accidentals, you should go back and review it now before we move on.

Anyways, continuing on to reading to the 5th fret.......

The next new note for today is "G#/Ab". This is played on the fourth fret of the E string.

Moving up one string to the A string, on the first fret, you'll find the note "A#/Bb". Moving up a few more frets to the fourth fret on the same string is where the note "C#/Db" Resides.

On the next string (The D string), we have the note "D#/Eb" sitting on the first fret. On the fourth fret of the very same string, we have the note "F#/Gb", an octave of the same note on the E string.

On the last open string (G), for your aural pleasure, we have the "G#/Ab" sitting on the first fret and the "A#/Bb" sitting in on third fret.

Those are all of the new notes to learn today.

Here is a quick look at all of the notes on all of the strings so far:

As always, you'll find additional exercises and examples on my Exercises page that you can use to re-enforce what you've learned today about reading up to the 5th fret.

Once you're all up and running with the information that I've presented here, you should move on to my Next Lesson.

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