Printable Guitar Fretboard Notes – Free Download

Learn Guitar Fretboard Notes

Looking for a set of handy printable guitar fretboard notes to help with mastering the locations of all guitar fretboard notes?

You’re in the right place!

This guitar fretboard notes PDF is designed as an aid that is actually affixed to your fingerboard for the most straightforward learning experience.

Simply print, cut out each row, and place them on your guitar fretboard for instant reference.

The guitar fretboard chart is provided on a single A4 sheet (download link below) that you can print out at home.

A week or two with these on your fretboard should be all you need to memorize all of the guitar fretboard notes.

Of course, you can also use the sheet on its own as a reference for learning the guitar neck notes if you would prefer.

Guitar Fretboard Note Stickers

Printable Guitar Fretboard Notes

How To Print The Guitar Fretboard Chart

Well that’s up to you now, isn’t it?

Own an A4 printer and some scissors? You’re good!

If you’re using regular printer paper you’ll require some sticky tape to secure each strip in place. You can trim the length depending on how you decide to affix them.

If you have some at home, a quicker option would be to print these out on a sheet of A4 sticky label printer paper. Now all you have to do is print, cut, peel, and stick.

It’s important to make sure that you print it out at 100% size (no scaling) and in landscape orientation to ensure that each row will fit your guitar.

These should be correctly sized for most 6-string electric and acoustic guitars without the need for any additional scaling.

If they are a little small or large for your guitar you can try to adjust the scaling values in your printer properties to adapt.

How To Install

First, you’ll want to cut out each individual strip – I’ve provided a faint dotted line to make this easier.

Each strip is numbered so that you’ll always know exactly which fret to place them on.

To be super safe and make the installation process completely fool-proof, I’ve even indicated on the guitar fretboard diagram which side goes on the thickest string (Low E) side and which goes on the thinnest string (High E).

Printable Guitar Fretboard Notes

Position to the rear! Notice that in the picture above, each section is placed on the back of the fret. This is to help prevent wear and tear and also to aid visibility.

If you are fretting correctly, your fingers should be pressing down towards the front of each fret, right up against the fret wire if possible.

So if you’re ripping and/or smudging these labels it could be a sign that you need to look at your fretting technique!

Remember that the guitar fretboard notes will repeat themselves after the 12th fret, so you may even like to only label the first 12 frets.

Once you’ve mastered the first 12, you’ll know the rest by default.

Download and Print

Hit the button below to open the full-sized PDF printout of the guitar fretboard diagram. Or click here to download.

Download Guitar Note Chart

Whole notes are shown in orange, and sharp notes in black.

Should you use sharp or flat notes?

For now, I’ve provided the guitar fretboard diagram using sharp notes, but if you would prefer flat notes please send me an email and I’ll be happy to whip up an additional sheet.

Quick Tips For Learning Guitar Fretboard Notes

  • Learn the open string notes first – E A D G B E
  • Learn the repeating pattern of guitar fretboard notes – A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G#. Only ‘B’ and ‘E’ do not have sharps.
  • Next up, tackle the low E string. Once you’ve mastered that you automatically know the high E as well!
  • The notes repeat after the 12th fret, so you only have to learn up to fret 11!
  • Use octave patterns to help figure out notes. Most octave patterns involve skipping a string and moving up two frets. So, if you know where a note is on the low E, the same note will be on the D string two frets higher. Easy!

Additional Tips for Learning Fret Notes

For extra tips and advice, you might like to check out this article – Guitar Fretboard Notes Diagram.

In this post, I discuss some basic music theory and suggest some more in-depth methods to quickly memorize the guitar fretboard notes.

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Neal has been playing guitar (left-handed!) for over 20 years, and has also worked in various roles within the guitar retail industry since 2012. He started LeftyFretz in 2010. More Info