How to find Guitar String Notes on a Guitar

An important lesson to understand the guitar is to understand how you find guitar string notes on a guitar. Read here more about guitar string notes:

To find notes on your guitar is really important to understand playing the guitar. When you understand the guitar string notes it is more easy for you to read music notes. In the following blogpost we try to break this complex topic a bit down and try to explain where every guitar string note lies on your guitar.

On the picture underneath you can see the neck of a acoustic guitar with its 6 open guitar strings named E, A, D, G, B and E. Moreover you see the fingerboard diagram which shows you the guitar string notes of the guitar with 1 index Finger, 2 Middle Finger, 3 Ring Finger and 4 Pinky Finger. Including to these 4 string notes you can see the guitar string notes which you can play with each “finger”.




guitar string notes



This first illustration was only a small introduction that you can understand how these so called fretboard diagrams work. Depending on your guitar (acoustic, electronic, bass) your fretboard will look different for each guitar.  Underneath you can see the Guitar Fretboard Diagram for Flat Notes:



guitar string notes


Acoustic Guitar String Notes

To play an acoustic guitar well you should learn the acoustic guitar string notes so you can read and play notes well. For example to play some melodies or advanced chords of your favourite song you need to learn these guitar string notes anyway. These Guitar Fretboard Diagrams are also known as Guitar String Chart.

The following chart shows the positions of the natural notes. These notes are neither sharp, nor flat.


guitar string notes

A note is sharp when it is one fret higher in pitch than a natural note. So if there is a C guitar string note on the 3rd fret of the A String, the fourth fret of the A string will be a C# (C Sharp) note.

A note is flat when it is one fret lower in the pitch than the natural guitar string note. This means that the note on the second fret of the A string is technically a C flat because it is one fret lower in pith than a C. It also happens to be a B note.

The chart above contains all natural notes and we hope that you get an idea on how the mechanism work with a guitar string chart, sharp notes and flat notes.

On the left we have the open strings of the guitar, the guitar string notes which you make without any finger on the guitar string. It starts with E, B, G, D, A and ends with E.

These open strings are sometimes also called 6-5-4-3-2-1 and are ordered from the thinnest to the thickest.

The best way to learn the guitar notes is to find and remember the patterns in the shapes the notes make. Therefore you should use a guitar string chart which suits to your type of guitar and just learn learn learn. :)

Electric Guitar String Notes

Underneath you find the fingerboard (guitar string chart) diagram for an electric guitar. This guitar string charts always help you to find the placements for your fingers on your electric guitar. To learn the guitar string notes fast you should practice playing the most common open strings on your electric guitar to get to known with your guitar and the notes.

Make sure you always know the string names (also known as guitar string numbers) to play your favourite chords and melodies.


guitar string notes


Here you have the nine fret guitar neck guitar string chart that has the notes in letter names for all six strings’ frets up to and including the 9th fret:


guitar string chart


Your Turn

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