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Posted: May 7, 2019

How to Learn the Notes on Electric Guitar with Marc Seal

This is a sponsored post brought to you by ELIXIR Strings.

When it comes to guitar-playing, it’s super important to be able to find specific notes on the guitar’s neck at will. At first, this seems like an impossible task since the neck features a bunch of notes spread across 22 or more frets and six or more strings! So how does one memorize where each note is? Luckily, Marc Seal has a bunch of great tips for you.

Tip #1 - Learn the open strings

The open strings are as follows:

6 - Low E
5 - A
4 - D
3 - G
2 - B
1 - E

 

Tip #2 - Know whole steps and half steps

A whole step is moving two frets, for example like going from fret 5 to fret 7. A half step is moving one fret, like going from the 5th to the 6th fret. 

If you take a note and raise it one step, that’s what Marc calls “sharping” the note. He calls it “sharping” because moving a note up a half step will make it sharp. For example, if you take the note on the 5th fret of the Low E string, this is an A note. If we move a half step to the 6th fret on that same string, you will end up playing an A sharp, or A#. If you move down a half step, that is called a flat. 

For more ways on how to learn the different notes on guitar, check out the video below from our sponsor ELIXIR Strings, featuring Marc Seal. 

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