It's impossible to memorize everything related to theory. So use this handy guide when you can’t remember your string names or your half steps.
String Names – Thinnest to Thickest
E B G D A E (Easter Bunnies Get Dizzy At Easter)
String Numbers – Thinnest to Thickest
1: High E
6: Low E
A, B, C, D, E, F, G
Each open string has all the same the notes of the alphabet, starting with the letter of the string name. For example, the notes on the open A string are: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. The notes on the open E string are E, F, G, A, B, C, D.
Half Steps and Whole Steps
Half Step: Notes that are one fret apart
Whole Step: Notes that are two frets apart
Notes Located a Whole Step Apart
Every note in the musical alphabet - except B-C and E-F
Notes Located a Half Step Apart
B and C
E and F
Major Scale Formula
WWHWWWH (using whole steps and half steps)
Notes in a C Major Scale
C D E F G A B C
Sharps and Flats
♯ - Raises note by half step
♭ - Lowers note by half step
No sharps or flats in C major and A minor scales
Keep these by your side, and you’ll speed up your guitar learning as well as impress your friends.
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