Learn the Guitar String Names – Beginner Guitar Lesson

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Welcome to Teaching of our beginner guitar series! Today, we’re going to learn something essential for every guitarist: the names of the guitar strings. Understanding the names and order of your guitar strings is a fundamental skill that will aid you in tuning your instrument, learning chords, and reading music. Let’s dive into the details and get you familiar with each string on your guitar.

The Importance of Knowing String Names

Before we start naming the strings, let’s understand why it’s important to know them:

  1. Tuning Your Guitar: Knowing each string’s name is crucial when it comes to tuning your guitar, whether you are using a tuner or tuning by ear.
  2. Learning Chords and Scales: String names are referenced in chord diagrams and scale patterns, making it essential for learning new techniques.
  3. Reading Guitar Music: Whether it’s sheet music or tablature, knowing which string each note is on is fundamental to playing the music correctly.

Standard Tuning: The Names of the Guitar Strings

In standard tuning, the strings of a guitar are tuned to specific notes. From the lowest (thickest string) to the highest (thinnest string), the standard tuning and string names are as follows:

  • E – 6th String (Low E): This is the thickest string and the one closest to your chin when holding the guitar in playing position. It produces the lowest pitch.
  • A – 5th String: Just above the low E, the next string is A. It’s a bit thinner and produces a higher pitch than the E string.
  • D – 4th String: Moving up, the D string is next. It continues the sequence of increasing pitch.
  • G – 3rd String: The G string is thinner than the D string and produces a higher pitch still.
  • B – 2nd String: The second thinnest string, the B string plays a higher note yet.
  • E – 1st String (High E): This is the thinnest and highest-pitched string on the guitar.

Tips for Remembering the Guitar String Names

Here are some mnemonic devices to help you remember the order of the strings:

  1. Eddie Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddie (EADGBE): This is a fun and easy way to remember the string names from the sixth string to the first.
  2. Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears: Another humorous mnemonic that sticks in your memory.
  3. Visual Memory Aids: Some beginners find it helpful to use stickers or small markings on the guitar neck to remind them of each string’s name.

Exercises to Practice

To solidify your knowledge of the string names, try the following exercises:

  1. String Name Call-Out: While playing each string individually, say its name out loud. This reinforces your memory through auditory learning.
  2. Random String Identification: Have a friend or use an app to call out string names randomly, and you pluck the corresponding string. This builds quick recognition skills.


Learning the names of the guitar strings is a fundamental step in your journey as a guitarist. With the mnemonics and exercises provided in this lesson, you should find it easier to memorize and recall each string’s name, enhancing your overall guitar learning experience.

Inbound and Outbound Links Suggestions:

  • Link to a beginner’s guide on how to tune your guitar.
  • Connect to an online tool or app for interactive guitar learning.
  • Provide a link to video tutorials for visual learners.
  • Outbound link to more detailed music theory lessons for those who wish to delve deeper.

With the basics of string names under your belt, you’re well on your way to mastering the guitar. Keep practicing, stay consistent, and most importantly, enjoy your musical journey!

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