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The Dark World International Experimental School of Music

Index Sections: Notes on Guitar Fretboard * Major Key Guitar Positions * Major Key Bass Positions * Chords in a Major Key


Notes on Guitar Fretboard: Middle C on Guitar, 1st String, 2nd String, 3rd String, 4th String, 5th String, 6th String


Notes on Guitar Fretboard: 4th String on Guitar

Notes on Guitar Fretboard: 4th String on Guitar

4th String on Guitar

In Standard tuning, the 4th String is tuned to an D in the third octave. The D is therefore played open. E is on the second fret. F is on the third fret. G is on the fifth fret. A is on the seventh fret. B is on the ninth fret. C is on the tenth fret. D begins again on the twelfth fret, with E on the fourteenth fret, F on the fifteenth, and so on until you run out of frets.

This section shows the notes on a guitarist's fretboard, shown with 24 frets (two octaves). Guitars and their necks are designed in many styles and lengths, each with a different numbers of frets. It is good to know how many frets your guitar has, as it tells you what notes your guitar can play up to. Ignore what you can not play, play what is in your range well and with confidence. This chart shows the notes of the 4th Sting on a guitar, where the notes are on a piano and in sheet music on the Grand Staff. All these charts are in Standard tuning for guitar.

This section of charts shows the notes in the Key of C Major, the white keys on a piano, as they appear in a Grand Staff and on the guitar neck. These notes are the natural C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. Sharps and flats are represented on a piano with black keys. Note that there is no sharp or flat between a B and a C, and an E and an F. This fact is easier to learn on piano (where it may seem obvious) than it is on guitar (where frets are neither black nor white, but all a bit grey), so that a pianist many wonder why I point some things out, and the guitarist will say, "Oh, now I understand...", so I repeat myself, but music does repeat itself, over and over again. I hope to teach new guitarists this. When playing guitar, one may play any of the possible notes, but different guitar stings have different sounds. It is you, the guitarist, who must choose which place on a fretboard you like best, which is the easiest and enjoyable for you.


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KarrArikh Tor began teaching bass and guitar to students when he was sixteen. Over the years he has taken less beginner students and has specialised in teaching intermediate guitar and bass guitar students how to use music theory to expand their playing. Many students have had to write out their own charts, but many have been worked out as posters for the walls of KarrArikh Tor's classroom, the Dark World International studios. This darkworld.com area is a reference tool of those posters and print-outs used by KarrArikh Tor in his lessons. The Dark World International Experimental School of Music is the attempt to teach a larger audience of intermediate guitarists about the music theory behind what they play, free of charge, free of cookies. If you find this area informative and helpful, all KarrArikh Tor asks is that you remember Dark World International artists when you are next purchasing music online, give us a listen, and buy your favourite Dark World release from any of the dealers online selling Dark World releases. Or if you want a physical CD or Book, visit our Shop and click on the CreateSpace catalogue, they tell us they ship world-wide.