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High “E” String

“Start at the ground and work your way up”.

Quick overview:
[Introduction to 2 notes on the High E string, the fretboard diagram, tuning and the first video exercise]

-You will understand this course and progress much faster if you have gone over the “Basics” category of  lessons.  This is strongly recommended for the new guitarist.
-If you encounter an unfamiliar term, try hovering over it for two seconds for the definition or else go to the Definitions tab (above) to look up its meaning.

Fig.1. The “High E String” (thinnest at bottom of guitar when you play it).

-The “High E String” is the logical place to start.  It is the thinnest string and the easiest to reach & press down to the frets.

-Begin by playing the 1st fret of the “High E string”.
That is to say, “pluck the string while pressing down just behind the 1st fret”.
This note is called the “F “note.  All notes are named using letters of the alphabet.

Fig.2. The “F” note in this “fretboard diagram” is shown just behind the first fret to demonstrate where you should actually be pressing on the string on your guitar.
The view of the fretboard diagram is as if you are looking down at your guitar lying flat on your lap.

Tip: All fretted notes are made by pressing Just Behind the Fret. 

-The tone produced should sound clear.  If not you may not be pressing hard enough or you may be pressing too close to the fret.

-Try pressing a little harder.  If this does not correct the buzz then try repositioning your finger slightly.

-It may take a little practice but eventually  fretting a note properly will become second nature.

-It’s possible your guitar is out of tune and the strings are at the wrong tension.

Check your guitar’s tuning at the beginning of each session:

Video 1. A Tuner is a quick  & easy way to tune up your guitar.


-Better yet practice your ear training by matching the sound of your strings to those in the following video:

Video 2. Tune up video.  Be careful not to over tighten the strings as they will break.

-If you still cannot get this note to sound clearly you must find out why?  Make sure the E string is not touching the higher frets when you fret the F note.  This would prevent the string from vibrating freely.
Try playing the string at the 12th fret.  If you can get the note to sound clearly at the 12th fret, your strings may be set too low and your guitar’s action may need to be adjusted. For more see: Action.

G Note

Fig.4. The “G” note played on the 3rd fret of the “High E” string.

-Next play the 3rd fret of the E string. (finger placed just behind the 3rd fret). -The name of this note is G. -Notice how it sounds different than the F?  It is Higher in Pitch. -As you move up the fretboard the musical alphabet and pitch increases. The pitch increases in equal increments known as a semitones (1 semitone/fret).

Here’s your first practise exercise:

Note: It is important to develop strength and coordination in both hands.
At first it may seem very awkward to press the string down to the fret then pick the correct string.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a Video must speak volumes.  The exercise videos in this site convey information through visual learning.  There are some verbal and written instructions but you should get the most information by carefully watching what I am doing in the videos.  Use the video controls to Zoom In & Slow the videos if you like.
-After clicking the Zoom button, move your curser to reposition the video.  Click on the video to return to normal viewing.
-After you click the SLOW button, the audio is lost but you can still clearly see what is happening in slow motion.  To return to normal speed click the SLOW button then the play button.

-These first exercises are important to new guitarists and will accelerate your skill development.  In the beginning  you must concentrate on developing your basic coordination with your guitar.
-If the exercises seem too easy at first, don’t worry.  They will quickly become more complex.

-Sit comfortably with the guitar resting on your Left leg.
For the following exercise hold the pick between your Thumb & Index fingers of your Right hand.
You will play 2 fretted notes and the High E String(not fretted).

Exercise 1: Using a downward picking motion (down picking), play the E-F-G notes of the High E String.
Next, play G-F-E.

Practice your speed.
Use your Index finger for the “F note” and your Ring finger for the “G note”.  The “E” is not fretted.

Note: The guitar is designed to be played using all 4 fingers of the left hand.

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