Learning the names of the strings (the notes) and the finger numbers is a simple but very important lesson. For the string names, memorize these as soon as possible. You’ll need to know them each time you tune.
Here is a diagram for the string names – the first E string is the low E string. Feel free to right-click this image and save it for future use.
Finger numbers are simple:
- Thumb: Thumb 🙂
- Index finger: 1
- Middle finger: 2
- Ring finger: 3
- Pinky: 4
These will come in handy when we see chord diagrams – like this one:
This diagram (we’ll talk more about these soon) is saying to put your 1st (index) finger on the G string, 2nd fret; your 3rd (ring) finger on the B string, 3rd fret, and your 2nd (middle) finger on the high E string, 2nd fret.
Confused? No problem, we’ll talk more about chord diagrams in a bit, but for now, just memorize the string names and finger numbers. See you in the next lesson!