Notes on Guitar Fretboard: Middle C on Guitar
Middle C on Guitar
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 middle C (C in the fourth octave) on a piano and where it is located on a guitar.
Knowing where the middle C (the fourth octave C on a Grand piano) is on a guitar is a powerful tool. It helps both in working with a pianist and when trying to read sheet music. A Guitarist can play the middle C on five of their six guitar strings. The middle C is located on the twentieth fret of the 6th string, the fifteenth fret of the 5th string, the tenth fret of the 4th string, the fifth fret of the 3rd string, and the second fret of the 2nd string. Other octave Cs are also shown in the above chart.
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.
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.