Guitar Lesson

Music Notes

Author: Nate Dean

Difficulty: beginner

In music, letters start on A and go up to G, then start over. Most letters are connected by a half step. These connector notes are called sharps or flats, depending on what key we are in.

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A half-step, on the guitar, is each fret as you move up the neck. If we start on A, and count up in half-steps, we have 12 total notes until we get back to A. Here is what that looks like on the guitar’s A string.

Each sharp can also be called by another name, flat.

Sharps use a “#” sign and flats use a “b” sign.

An A# is one half step above A. A Bb is one half step below B. They are the same note! This note is between A and B.

A

A#/Bb

B

C

C#/Db

D

D#/Eb

E

F

F#/Gb

G

G#/Ab

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Notice that B and E do not have a connecting note, this is important to remember. E and B are shown highlighted here, we can see that there is no sharp (#) after either note.