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How Notes Are Named (Introducing A-G Terminology)

 

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In music we use the first 7 letters of the English alphabet in order to name, identify and organize individual notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Then we start again at A. As the old music al joke goes, "There is no letter H in music." So we wind up with the pattern:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G - A, B, C, D, E, F, G - A, B ... and so on, covering the entire guitar fretboard.

As the notes move through the alphabet the pitch rises from lower to higher. In the next set of lessons we will learn where these notes are on the guitar.

The image below is for your future reference. It shows the physical location of all the letter note names on the open strings and the first five frets.

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