The Guitar Notes



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The guitar is built on a foundation of 12 notes. Thats it. Those 12 make up everything you are going to play. Sounds simple right?

I know, you just wanna pick the thing up and play. In order to do that you're gonna wanna know this.


Standard Tuning

Starting off you are going to want your guitar set up in standard tuning. This is the most common tuning you'll come across. So plug in your tuner and lets set up your guitar strings. Starting with the thickest string, tune to

E, A, D, G, B, E


Here are all the guitar notes that make up the fretboard. You can play them in different combinations, and in different orders, but this is all you get.

A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#

You might be wondering what the # sign means.

That symbol means the note is sharp, and that its a half step up from the one in front of it. For example, a half step up from A, is A sharp or A#.

A half step is equal to moving 1 fret on your guitar.

You might also be wondering why there isn't a # in front of some notes. That's because when you go from B to C, or E to F it's a natural half step. So if you said B#, you're really playing C.

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Remember those natural halfsteps.

So the sequence from A to G# is made up of 1/2 steps. A half step is the equivelant of moving from one fret on your guitar, up or down to the next fret.

What happens after you get to G#? The whole sequence starts all over again at A.

A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A,

So remember, going from B to C (or C to B), E to F (or F to E) is always a natural halfstep.

Those 12 guitar notes make up everything you can play. With a little time, you'll have them memorized. If this sounds complicated, don't worry its not.

If it sounds boring, thats because it is. Take a break. Pick up your guitar, and play something.

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