The Guitar String Names – Beginner Guitar Lesson #5

The Guitar String Names – Beginner Guitar Lesson #5

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Welcome to video five of the Beginner Guitar Quick Start Series. I know you are probably itching to play, but there are a few more things that we need to go over that aren’t directly related to paying the guitar before you actually get in to like making chords, strumming, and all that kind of stuff. In this lesson we’re going to learn something that I put off for a good while and that’s the names of the open strings on the guitar.

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I think the reason I put this off for so long is I didn’t have a good way to remember it, so I kind of just avoided it. This is really important for you to know for many reasons. The most immediate of which is to learn how to tune the guitar, but it’s also important for you to know in order to start learning the note names up and down the guitar fretboard. So quickly, let’s just review the numbering system for the strings. The first string is your thinnest one.

Right? First, second third, fourth, fifth, and your thickest one is the sixth strings. Now, when it comes to learning the names of the open strings on the guitar it’s a little bit counterintuitive yet again because we’re going to flip this. Most people start learning the names of the open strings starting with the sixth string and going to the first string. So, the name of the thickest string right here, the sixth string, is an E, then you have an A, D, G, B, and E. That’s E, A, D, G, B, E. And you may be thinking to yourself, “Nate I can’t remember that, that’s too many strings.” Well, that’s kind of what I thought at the beginning too. I didn’t have a really good way to remember it, so I finally just got sick of it and decided to come up with just a little silly saying to help me remember the names of the strings. And what I came up with was “Eat All Day Go to Bed Early.” And that may sound silly to you, and it kind of is, but you know use whatever saying works for you.

It worked for me and after, you know, several years of not having the string names memorized, I knew them after that. Another thing that might help you is if you realize that the outside two strings are Es, you only have to memorize four more strings. The ones on the inside. Knowing the names of the open strings like the back of your hand is going to help you a lot in future lessons, especially the next lesson where we’re going to learn out to tune the guitar. So get ready for that. If you have any questions leave them here the comments, or email me nateatguitarsystem. com See you: ..

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