|Naming the Open Guitar Strings||| Print ||
As we prepare to discuss tuning the guitar, (see "Tuning the Guitar") we must first cover the names of the open strings.
In terms of the guitar itself, there are six strings, and each one corresponds with, and can be referred to, a musical note. They are E, A, D, G, B, & E.
Example: If someone says “play your 3rd string” you now know they are referring to your G string. (See above diagram)
The main thing to keep in mind is that, when referring to the names of the strings by "letter" (note) name, you will most often hear them referred to in ascending order starting on the "low" E string. (the one closest to you).
However, when referring to the strings by "number", it is just to opposite. The 1st string (high E) is the one that is the farthest away from you, as you sit holding the guitar, and the numbers go from bottom to top.
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