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Names Of Open Strings

The Beginner's Course

One of those essential skills you really have to know.

It's a very useful thing to know the note names of the open strings on your guitar.

They are often used to describe finger placement (e.g., “put your 1st finger in the 2nd fret of the A string”), and are also useful for tuning your guitar to another instrument (like a piano). You need to know this when you buy a replacement string for your guitar (e.g., “can I please have a D string”) and it will help you learn the names of the notes that you are playing. Knowing the names of the strings will also help you use a guitar tuner.

So well worth learning this one, and we will be developing this more in a latter stage when we learn all the notes in the open position and the notes that make up our chords!

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So what are the notes?

1st string - E (the thinnest)
2nd string - B
3rd string - G
4th string - D
5th string - A
6th string - E (the thickest)


The Easter Bunny Rhymes

One of the best ways to remember is to make up rhymes.

Remeber the names of the open strings on guitar


From Thin to Thick

Easter Bunny Gets Drunk After Easter

Every Boy Gets Dizzy Around Elle

Eager Boys Go Down After Eloping


From Thick to Thin

Eddy Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddy

Easter Angels Don't Give Broken Eggs



Or just make up your own - you don't have to use one of mine! Just make sure that you remember this!


Next up we'll be changing our chords again in BC-134 • 1 minute Changes

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Lesson ID: BC-133