I've found success by using the "L" trick!
In order to use this trick successfully, you'll want to memorize the notes on the E and A string (see the table below). It may take a little time to do this, but it's definitely a worthwhile activity.
Once you have all of these notes committed to memory, it's time to move forward!
Start with a note on the E or A string, then move down two frets and across two strings. The pattern looks like the letter "L".
In the example above, I picked the F note as my starting point on the 1st fret of the low E string. Move down two frets and over two strings and you'll find the F note (an octave higher!) on the 3rd fret of the D string.
This method works for the E and A strings. However, for the D and G strings, you'll need to move down 3 frets and over two strings. It's still looks like an L but it's just a little longer (by one fret).
You can also use the "L" trick in reverse. Just trace the steps back to the L shape and you'll find the note on the E or A string!
This is a cool little trick that has helped me over the years to find the name of a note and can be especially helpful if you then use this information and apply it to your guitar playing.
Have you used the "L" trick with your playing? What do you think about it? Please share your feedback with us below!