what are the strings on a guitar

What Are The Strings On A Guitar?

If you are just at the very beginning stages of learning how to play guitar, one of the first things that you will learn – either from a guitar teacher through guitar lessons or just on your own – are the names of each of the guitar strings.

* Quick note – this is going to be relating to what we know as standard guitar tuning since you can technically tune each string to whatever you want, but there is a standard to where you want to tune your guitar.

So, let’s say that you are holding your guitar and getting ready to play.  If you look down at your guitar strings, starting at the very top, the strings are E, A, D, G, B, E.  This is both the same for six string acoustic guitars and electric guitars.

Take a look at this closeup image:

guitar strings

How To Remember The Strings On A Guitar

When I was first learning how to play guitar, I took lessons at my local music store (years later, I actually ended up teaching guitar there too!).  My guitar teacher taught me a simple technique to help remember the names of the strings by giving me a sentence where each word’s first letter was the string name.  What is that sentence?

Eat A Dead Gopher Before Easter

Yup, sounds weird but it works!




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