A: Exercise 2 of 4

exercise 4 for a major
Memorizing the fretboard
Date posted: 17 November 2023


Filter-out the extraneous "scale-tone" notes from Exercise #1, leaving only the "chord-tone"/arpeggio notes for each position/mode.


  1. Sing/speak every note-name aloud while (or moments before) plucking them
  2. Play in-time with a metronome ensuring zero errors
†: this is the ingredient that builds the neurological/brain link, assigning the exact fret a "name" to later remember & visualize it by. It's as challenging to do as it is effective; without this, it renders the exercises and fretboard memorization method fruitless

‡: an analogy is lifting weights, where the tempo you can: (a) speak note-names aloud and (b) play in-time, is the achievable "weight" to bench-press. Pushing the "weight-limit", aka increasing the tempo, determines how firmly the neurological/brain connection of the fret<-->note-name is achieved.


  • "Get it off the paper".. practice without having to read the sheet music
  • Start with a tempo (bpm), any tempo, no matter how humiliatingly slow, to immediately satisfy the 2 requirements

Estimated time

1 week

Note reference

(The notes of the Amaj scale)

Mode 1

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Mode 2

Mode 3

Mode 4

Mode 5

Mode 6

Mode 7