Objectives: In this chapter, you’ll learn the names of the strings on the guitar, the names of the notes at every fret, and differentiate between half-steps and whole steps.
Notes on a Piano
While these lessons are geared towards guitar, we’ll use the piano keyboard to start this lesson. Why? Because the piano is easier to visualize and great for showing examples. It’s made up of a simple repeating pattern with no repeating pitches. (Notes do repeat, but pitches don’t. We’ll talk about notes and pitches later.) And it moves in only one dimension – horizontal. It’s also color coded black and white to differentiate between natural notes and accidentals. (We’ll talk about natural notes and accidentals later in this lesson.)
Notes on a Guitar
Guitar notes move in two dimensions: horizontally across single strings and vertically crossing from string to string. Because the guitar is played in two dimensions, it’s more difficult to visualize than the one dimensional piano keyboard. There’s also no color coding of notes like the piano has.
Answer the following questions.