Guitar String Names

This diagram shows the names of the strings of the guitar and the intervals between the strings. The names of the guitar strings - starting from the low E - are E, A, D, G, B, and E.

Please notice that the interval between the G and B string is a Major 3rd. This is the exception to the Perfect 4th interval found between all of the other pairs of adjacent strings. This is very important when learning scales and different chord forms.

Another point worth remembering is that the notes on 1st and the 6th strings are the same note names, although a couple of octaves apart on the tonal scale. If you know the note names on the 1st string, you know the notes on the 6th string and vice-versa.

The name of each string is essential information for a beginning guitarist.

Names of the guitar strings