One of the things that will come in really handy for you as a guitar player is to become familiar with the guitar string notes as well as the hand positions on the fretboard. Knowing these will not only help you out when you are learning how to play the guitar but it will help as you are playing at any level.
If you are a beginner guitar player for instance, you should start by learning the basics of the guitar strings notes so that you will be able to start learning how to tune your guitar by ear.
If you do not know which string is which then it will make it all the more difficult to learn from any instructional materials as well. This is why memorizing the names of the guitar strings in the very beginning is so important. Basics such as this will allow you to learn much faster than skipping these basics of the guitar.
These are the names of the six strings on the guitar and this only requires a little bit of memorization.
The largest string is the 6th string. In standard guitar tuning this is an E note known as the “LOW” E string.
The smallest string on the guitar is the 1st string and in standard tuning it is an E note known as the “HIGH” E string on the guitar.
So from low to high the open guitar string notes on the guitar are as follows:
- E Low (6th String)
- A (5th string)
- D (4th String)
- G (3rd String)
- B (2nd String)
- E High (1st String)
The next thing that is very important in the memorization of these primary guitar notes for beginners is that when you are first learning how to play guitar you need to learn to use the hand position markers (or guitar dots) on the guitar fretboard.
These dots are there for a reason and they make it possible to always know where your hands are on the guitar neck when you are playing the instrument.
In the beginning the guitar can be a little bit confusing, but just think if you did not have anyway to know where you were on the neck when you were playing the instrument.
This would be very confusing and you would likely be hitting several notes that you did not intend to play and this is why it is well worth learning and using these position markers. They help you stay orientated to where you are when you are playing the guitar and this is extremely helpful whether you are playing fast or slow or rhythm or lead.
Once you know the basics of the guitar string notes and neck position markers as explained in this guitar lesson for beginners then you will have a solid foundation that will allow you to really get the most out of all of the guitar instruction that you use, study and practice with.
This is because these are standards which are referred to in any instructional materials for learning the guitar.
When you know these basics it will make learning the fun stuff like rhythms and leads much easier to learn. Check out part two for the next lesson in this series on how to play all of the guitar notes from any string and from any position. Most people who play the guitar will have a favorite key they like to play in. It provides a feeling of comfort and familiarity when you practice or write songs in a key you really love. But you still need to know how to play in other keys to be a versatile musician!