Revolutionary PC software helps guitarists learn the guitar fretboard – notes, scales, chords, modes and more! Suitable for all levels and all genres of guitarist. 

Interactive Lessons

The core of the Guitar Notes Master learning method is a series of interactive lessons that combine clearly explained concepts of fretboard theory with simple exercises performed on the Virtual Fretboard in order to help you rapidly absorb and retain the information in the lessons.

The lessons are structured to teach the foundations of guitar fretboard theory starting from first principles of relationships between notes on the fretboard. These simple building blocks are then steadily expanded step-by-step to enable the guitarist to understand how these can then be used to form scales, chords and arpeggios. The emphasis throughout the lessons is on truly understanding the fretboard, not just learning by rote.

The Guitar Notes Master method gives the guitarist a number of advantages over traditional methods of attempting to memorise scale and chord patterns:

  • Understanding how intervals are related on the fretboard enables fluid improvisation up and down the neck without resorting to the same-old scale patterns.
  • Understanding how chords and scales are built from these interval patterns enables the guitarist to find chord voicings and scale patterns anywhere on the guitar neck in order to fit your arrangement perfectly.
  • Learning to build chords from first principles means that you can play even the most complex chord without resorting to a dictionary.
  • Effective fretboard navigation using easily memorable techniques will help you to find notes rapidly and improve sight-reading skills.

Learning the guitar by memorising chord shapes and scale patterns will only get you so far – to truly develop your skills as a guitarist you need to understand the fretboard, which is where Guitar Notes Master can help.

The Virtual Fretboard

The core of the Guitar Notes Master experience that really sets it apart from book learning methods is the Virtual Fretboard. This enables lesson examples to be displayed clearly and interactive questions to be incorporated into the lessons in order to ensure that the content of the lessons is well understood. The Virtual Fretboard also has a number of other features to help with learning:

  • Switch display of note labels between note names and intervals.
  • Highlight correct and incorrect answers as well as correct notes played on the wrong string.
  • Play displayed notes/chords.
  • Switch to left-handed orientation if required.

The Virtual Fretboard can also be customized to your preferences, with a variety of color schemes and options to adjust note positioning.

What You’ll Learn

The lessons included in Guitar Notes Master cover the spectrum of fretboard knowledge from learning the basics of open strings and finding individual notes up to complex extended chords, modes and other advanced scales. The key areas taught in the lessons are:

  • Open Strings
  • Root Shapes
  • Note Names and Finding Notes on the Fretboard
  • Diatonic Scales (Major and Minor Scales)
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Pentatonic Lead Patterns
  • Intervals
  • Triads – Arpeggios and Chords
  • Seventh Arpeggios and Chords
  • Other Chord Types – Extended (e.g. 9th, 11th), Suspended Chords, 6, 6/9, Add9, Slash Chords and Power Chords
  • Modes – Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Locrian
  • Other Scales – Blues Scales, Harmonic and Melodic Minor, Phrygian Dominant Mode, Whole Tone and Diminished Scales

No previous knowledge is assumed, so Guitar Notes Master is suitable for both beginning and more experienced guitarists, and it makes a great companion to formal lessons with a teacher or other learning resources that cover the other elements of guitar playing such as good technique and



The Practice screen is used to enforce everything that you’ve learned in the lessons by generating thousands of practice questions that you can use to test your knowledge and burn the fretboard theory into your mind. But unlike most “fretboard training” applications, these exercises don’t just ask you to find random notes or reproduce scale patterns from memory. Instead, they are carefully structured to reinforce the lesson content and build your fretboard knowledge logically.

As you complete lessons, Guitar Notes Master will automatically add exercise sets that include questions on the topics of each lesson to your Practice List. When you’re ready to practice, simply load up Guitar Notes Master and switch to the Practice screen. Guitar Notes Master will quiz you with random questions from your current practice list to help you memorise everything you’ve learnt so far. Of course, once you’re confident with a particular lesson then you can remove it from your practice list, ensuring that your practice questions are always tailored to your needs and making your learning as efficient as possible.

Performing practice exercises on the Virtual Fretboard also has the advantage that you can focus on fretboard theory in isolation without the distractions caused by technique, rhythm and tone issues that you might also be dealing with on a physical guitar, allowing you to get the fretboard knowledge clear in your head before you are ready to transfer it to your guitar.

Practice Any Time

With all of the practice taking place on the Virtual Fretboard, you can practice at any time you can use your PC, even when you can’t play your guitar. This can really speed up your development as a guitarist, enabling you to maximise your practice time even with the busiest of schedules. Why not install Guitar Notes Master on your laptop so you can practice on the move as well?

Effective learning can be encouraged by practicing little and often, so the Guitar Notes Master method encourages you to quickly launch the application and start practicing for short periods throughout the day. Couple this with regular structured practice sessions on your guitar and you should see your playing ability rocket!

Guitar Exercises

Once you’ve completed some lessons and had plenty of time to practice the material, the time will come to transfer your new knowledge on to the guitar and really get the theory “under your fingers”. Guitar Notes Master can help you here as well with the Guitar page.

On the Guitar page you can select any scale pattern or chord type from those covered in the lessons and Guitar Notes Master will generate a series of exercises in tablature form to help you develop the muscle memory required for you to play the patterns fluidly. The scale exercises include a variety of patterns to enable you to vary your practice and learn the scales in more musical ways than just simple ascending and descending patterns, including patterns involving ascending and descending in different groups of notes and patterns involving jumping steps of the scale.

Of course you can read all of the exercises on screen, and the patterns will also be displayed on the Virtual Fretboard to help you visualize them. Alternatively, if you prefer a printed exercise sheet then Guitar Notes Master can create that as well.

Please note that the Guitar Exercises section is exclusive to the Windows PC version of Guitar Notes Master and is not currently available in Guitar Notes

User Feedback

Here is what some of our users are saying about Guitar Notes Master:

I wanted to say thank you for a great program. It has helped improve and unlock the fretboard in my understanding in a short time of using your product.

Michael, USA

I bought your software GNM and I use it a lot … I liked the fact that you can practice away from your guitar to increase the knowledge of the fretboard. You wrote a really useful piece of software!

Maurizio, Italy

I want to thank you for your product. I find it is both fun and educational at the same time. It has also helped me vastly improve my knowledge of the fretboard and music theory. I have incorporated it into my daily practice regimen and I have recommended it to other guitar players that I know. Please keep up the good work.

 Rich, USA

I have this and it is one the best tools that I have for guitar, encompassing step by step theory and practice blocks that progressively takes you from beginner to pro in a way that is both easy to understand and just as easy to assimilate. The only thing missing is a tone teacher but one of the best investments that any guitarist could make.

Hugh, Posted on Facebook

Thanks for creating such clear and easy-to-follow software. I’ve been using books to get this stuff into my head and fingers, but the interactivity of your program is really helping to cement the concepts. My fretboard knowledge is taking a huge leap forward.

Greg, USA