I'm finishing up writing a book of transcriptions and recently began the search for something more powerful and flexible [than Excel]. Neck Diagrams is just what I was looking for.
Notes on the Neck
Fretboard Diagram With Note Names
Here's a simple example diagram showing you the names of all notes up to the 12 fret.
If you don't know these yet then yes, memorizing it all this can be quite boring but it is really really important.
You could use Joe Satriani's Note Finding Exercise (scroll through to the bottom of page 5, "November '87: Finding the Note") to make it more interactive!
Here we've broken the neck down into three areas, each of 4 notes (for each of the fretting hand fingers).
Neck Diagrams allows you to show three different types of text labels on the note markers:
- note names
You can even control what type of marker is show on every individual note - so if you only want to highlight the root interval, or just the 5ths, well you got it!