Guitar String Notes & Their Names

Guitar String Notes is the first in a series of basic tips and tutorials here on GuitarSite.com for beginner guitarists.

So you've just got your first guitar or bass, or perhaps it's been sitting there for a while and you've decided it's about time you picked it up and had some fun with it.

Congratulations on your new pass-time that will bring about a lifetime of enjoyment - playing guitar!

Advertisement

And now you would like to know each of the guitar string names - or as some guitarists call them: guitar string notes. Experienced players usually refer to each string by it's open note in Standard Tuning: E.G. 'G string' or 'A string'.

Firstly, lets take a look at where these names come from on the good old 6 string guitar.

Guitar string names

Bottom E String or 6th String
This is the thickest string and the one closest to the top when you are holding your guitar - it's the E string on the left in the picture above. The frequency of this note is 82.41 Hz.

A String or 5th String
The next thickest string is tuned to A at 110.00 Hz.

D String or 4th String
The D string is again slightly thinner than the A string. It is tuned to 146.83 Hz.

G String or 3rd String
This is where a change in thickness can occur. If you have a steel string guitar then this string will be thinner than the D string, however if you have an acoustic guitar with nylon strings, then this will usually be the first nylon string and it will often be thicker than the D string above it. Regardless of what type of guitar you have, the standard tuning is 196.00 Hz.

B String or 2nd String
Again this will be thinner than the string above, and it's standard tuning is 246.94 Hz.

High E String or 1st String
This string is highest open note on the guitar and is tuned to 329.63 Hz.

Bass Guitar String Names
The 4 strings on a standard bass guitar are E, A, D, and G. As you can see the names of the strings are the same as the lowest 4 strings on a 6 string guitar - they are however an octave lower on the bass guitar.

Guitar String Notes in Standard Tuning
When reading the notes below you'll need to know that '#' means 'sharp' and 'b' means 'flat'. The numbers represent the frets starting from 0 with no finger on the string (an open string) and 1 being the first fret closest to the tuning pegs.

0123456789101112
EFF# or GbGG# or AbAA# or BbBCC# or DbDD# or EbE
BCC# or DbDD# or EbEFF# or GbGG# or AbAA# or BbB
GG# or AbAA# or BbBCC# or DbDD# or EbEFF# or GbG
DD# or EbEFF# or GbGG# or AbAA# or BbBCC# or DbD
AA# or BbBCC# or DbDD# or EbEFF# or GbGG# or AbA
EFF# or GbGG# or AbAA# or BbBCC# or DbDD# or EbE

Alternate Tunings
It's important to know that the names of the strings don't change even if you tune them to different notes. For example, if you tune the B String down to A then the name is still called the B String.

That's all there is to it - now you know the names of guitar strings and guitar string notes!

Also in this beginner guitar series:
Guitar For Beginners
How To String An Acoustic Guitar

Share This Article

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

beginner guitar

It is good idea to brief description of the Guitar parts.
New comers are very easily play Guitar with this book help..

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Do not include any spaces in your answer.
Image CAPTCHA
Copy the characters (respecting upper/lower case) from the image.

Contact | Advertise | Contents | Privacy Policy

This site is published by Hitsquad Pty Ltd. Copyright © 1999 - 2014 , All Rights Reserved.