You need to know your guitar string names as a basic understanding of your guitar. It’s the basis for understanding, communicating, learning chords and notes on any guitar lesson.
What are the Guitar String Names?
We just focus on a 6 string guitar, not guitars with more strings. The strings of the guitar are named for the notes produced by open strings. An open string is one where you are not pressing down on any fret. The image below shows you all 6 guitar string names with an easy way to memorize them:
- The 1st guitar string produces an e note. This is also the thinnest string on the guitar. Sometimes this string is referred to as the high-e. The name of the string is often shown in lowercase to distinguish it from the low-E.
- The 2nd guitar string produces a B note.
- The 3rd guitar string produces a G note.
- The 4th guitar string produces a D note.
- The 5th guitar string produces an A note.
- The 6th guitar string produces an E note. This is also the thickest string on the guitar. Sometimes this string is referred to as the low-E since it produces the lowest note.
You can remember the guitar string names easily. The string 1 is farthest away from you (when you hold the guitar) and the 6th string is closest to your chin.
Moreover every note on a guitar has a name which is written in a letter. This is the most important part of remembering guitar string names due to you need this notes on your guitar to read music and play with notes.
To memorize the 6 guitar string names you can learn this little phrase “Every Adult DogGrowls, Barks, Eats” to keep the order.
Try saying the string names out loud, one by one, as you play that string. Then, test yourself by pointing to a random string on your guitar, then trying to name that string as quickly as possible.
How to find the guitar string names:
- Pick up the guitar like you would start playing
- The guitar string closest to the floor is string number 1 or e
- The string closest to the ceiling is string number 6 or E
This method to find the guitar string names works either you are a right handed or left handed guitar player.
Remember: Most guitarists refer to string no. 1 as the top string, even though physically it is on the bottom.
Do you have a trick to learn the guitar string names?