Guitar Strings Notes

Guitar Strings Notes

Guitar strings notes chart, tab and notation: everything you need to learn the notes of the guitar fretboard. Part of our Guitar Basics series.

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Learning guitar notes

Learning guitar notes helps you get a better understanding of how music works.

Guitar Strings Notes: A Guide To The Fretboard

This page contains a complete guide to the guitar fretboard. Using the charts and diagrams on this page, you’ll be able to find out where to play any note.

Guitar Strings Tuning Chart

These are the notes you should tune your guitar to. The chart shows the standard way of tuning a guitar.

Other ways of tuning a guitar include ‘Drop-D tuning’, in which the bottom string is tuned down a whole tone to a D; and DADGAD, in which the strings are tuned D, A, D, G, A, D from bottom to top.

The charts and diagrams on this page represent a guitar tuned with standard tuning, as shown below.

Guitar Strings Notes Open Strings

Guitar Strings Notes: Open Strings from bottom to top: E, A, D, G, B, E

Guitar String Numbering

Guitar strings are numbered from top E to bottom E as shown below:

  • Top E: 1st string
  • B: 2nd string
  • G: 3rd string
  • D: 4th string
  • A: 5th string
  • Bottom E: 6th string

Guitar Strings Notes Chart

Below is a chart showing all of the notes on a guitar fretboard. You can use the chart to find out where notes are.

The notes repeat after the 12th fret (e.g. the note at the 13th fret of the 1st string is an F).

Guitar Strings Notes Chart

Guitar Strings Notes Chart

Individual Guitar Strings Notes: Tab & Music Notation

The following diagrams show every note on a guitar fretboard with its corresponding musical note in tab and notation. (Tab is a system of guitar notation. If you haven’t read tab before, see this article: how to read tab.)

Each diagram shows the notes of an individual string. After the twelfth fret the notes simply repeat along each string an octave higher.

After the diagrams is an explanation of what to do if the note you wish to play is either sharpened (i.e. has a little # sign next to it), or flattened (i.e. has a little ‘b’ sign next to it).

 

1st (Top E) String Notes

Guitar Top E String Notes

Guitar Top E String Notes

Guitar B String Notes

Guitar B String Notes

Guitar B String Notes

Guitar G String Notes

Guitar G String Notes

Guitar G String Notes

Guitar D String Notes

Guitar D String Notes

Guitar D String Notes

Guitar A String Notes

Guitar A String Notes Tab

Guitar A String Notes Tab

Guitar Bottom E String Notes Tab

Guitar Bottom E String Notes Tab

Guitar Bottom E String Notes Tab

How To Play Sharp / Flat Notes

In music, notes are often ‘sharpened’ or ‘flattened’. Sharpened notes have a sharp sign (which looks like a hash: #) next to them. Flattened notes have a flat sign (which looks like a small letter ‘b’) beside them.

Sharpened Notes

Sharp Symbol Music

Sharp Symbol

In music notation, notes can be ‘sharpened’. A sharp symbol (see below) is placed next the the note. A sharp raises the pitch of a note by a semitone. Therefore, if you see a sharp sign next to a note, you should play it one fret higher.

Note: Sharpened and flattened notes can lead to ‘enharmonic’ notes (e.g. A# and Bb) which are the same pitch, but with different names.

Flattened Notes

Flat Symbol Music

Flat Symbol

In notation, notes can also be ‘flattened’. A flat symbol lowers the pitch note by a semitone (one fret). Therefore, if you see a flat sign next to a note, you should play it one fret lower.

One Thing To Remember …

The same note can often be played in more than one place on a guitar fretboard.

For example, the A played at the 5th fret of the 6th (bottom E) string is the same note as the open 5th (A) string.

The E note of the open 1st (top E) string is found in 4 other places on some electric guitars – and 5 other places on 24 fret guitars! Can you find them all? (Without looking at the guitar notes diagram!)

Do I Need To Learn All Of The Notes On Every Guitar String?

Learning guitar strings notes doesn’t have to be hard work. It doesn’t even take long, provided you set your mind to it.

Not every guitarist learns all of the notes on a guitar fretboard. There are plenty of players who get by with just a basic knowledge of the notes on the bottom E and A strings for barre chords and not a lot else.

That’s fine, but we think that a good knowledge of the fretboard is helpful: not only with your guitar playing, but also with your enjoyment and understanding of music.

By learning what notes you’re playing, you can see how chords and scale are constructed. You’ll learn about harmony, and how music works.

The Best Way To Learn Guitar Strings Notes

The best way to learn guitar string notes is by playing guitar scales. Play various scales at random positions on the guitar neck. (You can find suitable scales here: Guitar Scales.) As you play the scales, say the name of the individual notes aloud.

If you do this for a few minutes every day you’ll soon learn all of the notes on the fretboard.

Guitar Strings Notes Conclusion

We hope that you have found this page useful. Other articles you may enjoy include:

  • Guitar Basics (Learn the basics of guitar playing, including playing techniques and guitar types).
  • Guitar Scales (Contains a large amount of guitar scales that you can use in improvisation and songwriting).
  • Guitar Backing Tracks (Download backing tracks to practice your lead guitar solos).

4 thoughts on “Guitar Strings Notes

  1. Sharmi

    Thanks for this information. I find it very useful after not playing the guitar for at least 2 decades!

    Reply
  2. Rene G Volpi

    Outstanding chart. Very helpful references. I’m printing the partitions I have trouble with. Thank you!

    Reply

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