How to Identify Guitar Strings

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You can identify the six strings of the standard guitar, including the E, B, G, D, A and E strings, based on their relative size, with bigger strings producing lower sounds and smaller strings producing higher ones. get to know your strings with the aid of this free video of acoustic guitar lessons.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Chay Alexander Wright a guitarist in Los Angeles, California, and today we are going to learn how to identify guitar strings. Okay, so first, we are going to start actually from the bottom of the string, of the instrument, which really could be considered the top of the instrument because it's the highest string, but it's the first string. E, there are six strings on the instrument, E to E. First one is high E; first string E. Then, the second string is B. Third string is G, and I'm just going up the instrument this way. Fourth string is D. Fifth string is A. And then, the sixth string is E. And you can identify them by the size. The higher the string is like, your first E is the smallest. And the lower strings, or the lowest string is E, low E. And they just get smaller by size, or bigger by size, depending on which way of the instrument you're going. So, the strings, higher they are, smaller they are. The lower they are, the larger they are. So, if you look here at the first string E, first E string, it's smaller than the next string, D, which is smaller than the third string, G, smaller than the fourth string, D, smaller than fifth string, A, smaller than the sixth string, E. And they just, the smaller it is, the higher the note it is. That's high E. The bigger the string is the lower the note is. That's sixth string E. And of course, the smaller the string is the higher the sound. Bigger the string is the lower the sound. I'm Chay Alexander Wright, and that's how you identify guitar strings.


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