How to find the musical notes in your instrument?

In this topic, we will show you how to find the 12 notes (C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B) on some instruments. Let’s start with the keyboard/piano. In this instrument, the black keys contain the notes with alterations (sharps) and the white keys contain the remaining notes. Please see below:

Piano Notes

piano notes

Guitar notes

On the acoustic guitar, each loose string corresponds to a certain note (E, B, G, D, A, E, from the highest to the lowest, respectively). The other notes are distributed according to the drawing below, where the numbers represent the frets on the fretboard:

guitar note

Note that on the guitar it is a little difficult to memorize where all the notes are, but this will become easier as you study the topics here in Simplifying Theory, as there are many shortcuts that help in identifying the immediate location (thinking of the degrees, chords, scales, etc.). Over time, the fretboard will surely be completely mastered by you, don’t worry.

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