Hi Helen here,
If you’re looking to learn the guitar, then I’m pleased you’ve found this website and I strongly suggest you keep reading…
For the beginner learning to play guitar, an understanding of what the guitar string notes are is a good starting point. So what are the notes on a guitar? This depends on the tuning of your guitar. In standard open E tuning, the open strings on the guitar should be tuned to the notes E, A, D, G, B and E. An open string is a string that is played without pressing down on a fret.
When you are holding the guitar in playing position, the top string (or the sixth string) is the thickest and has the lowest pitch, this is the low E string. This is followed by the A string, (the fifth string.) Next is the D string, (the fourth string.) This is followed by the G string, (the third string.) Next is the B string, (the second string.) The bottom string (or the first string) is the thinnest and has the highest pitch, this is the high E string and is two octaves higher than the low E string.
This chart represents the guitar fretboard and shows all the notes, including sharps (#) and flats (b) up to the twelfth fret, from here the notes repeat themselves. The notes on guitar fretboard follow the chromatic scale. If you look along each string, you will see that the notes are following the musical alphabet A, B, C, D, E, F and G. It is quite important to familiarize yourself with the fretboard and the position of the notes, as you will need to know where they are when playing scales and forming chords.