Guitar String Notes

Learning the guitar string notes is very helpful if you want to improve your knowledge and understanding both of the guitar and of the music that you are playing. It will also allow you to better communicate with other guitarists.

Guitar String Notes Diagram

Guitar String Notes

Guitar String Notes

Guitar String Names

From low to high, the guitar string notes are: E, A, D, G, B, E. These notes are also used as guitar string names, for example ‘Your D string may be a little sharp.’

Once you have mastered a few basic guitar chords you will probably want to start playing some melodies and riffs. This is where knowing the guitar string notes becomes necessary, as you will be learning the separate notes in melodies and tunes. Below are various diagrams showing the guitar string names.

Guitar Strings Music Notation

Traditional music notation for guitar is written an octave higher than it sounds. Below is a diagram that shows the guitar string notes as they are written in music notation:

Guitar String Notes In Music Notation

Guitar String Notes In Music Notation

Guitar String Notes On Piano

When you are tuning the guitar, you will need a reference note to tune to (assuming you are not using an electronic guitar tuner). Shown below are the guitar string notes on a piano keyboard. Middle C is also shown. The guitar notes are shown in green. For more information on how to tune a guitar, see this page: Standard Guitar Tuning.

Guitar String Notes On A Piano Keyboard

Guitar String Notes On A Piano Keyboard

Guitar String Mnemonics

There are several mnemonics to help you learn the open string notes. Two well-known ones are:

‘Easter Bunny Gets Drunk After Easter’
‘Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears’

Try to make up your own – it’s a great way of learning the string names.

Learning The Notes Of The Guitar

Once you know the basic guitar string names, you will want to learn the notes of the frets. Once you know where all of the individual notes appear on the first few frets of the fretboard, you can start to read music and progress beyond TAB.

Open Position Guitar Fret Notes

Open Position Guitar Fret Notes

We hope that this page has helped you to learn the guitar string names. Every guitarist should aim to learn the notes they are playing, even if they mainly play chords or use TAB to read music. It is very beneficial to improve your knowledge not just of the guitar, but also of music in general. Read more about instrument strings on the wikipedia page, here.

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  1. cafe says:

    Great post.

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