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String Groups For Guitar Part I


Mar 14, 2018 General, Intermediate Comments are off

There are four main string groups for guitar. By grouping three strings at a time

we get the following four string groups: E,B,G – B,G,D – G,D,A – D,A,E.

When you view the guitar neck into sections it makes it easier to understand.

Also you will see how other chord types are created from altering the basic major triad.


Starting with a (triad) 3 note C major chord at the first fret of the guitar

on the E-B-G stings lets start and progress up to the neck.

When played consecutively up and back in tone its called chord streams.


1) Open G string, C note first fret B string and open thin E string


2) 5th fret G string, 5th fret B string and 3rd fret thin E string


3) 9th fret G string, 8th fret B string, 8th fret thin E string


4) 12th fret thin G string, 13th fret B string and 12th fret thin E string,

this is one octave (12 frets or half steps distance) above first example.



Now as it is written on musical staff:



If you have followed this correctly you will have four three note chords

starting at the 1st fret and ending at the to 13th fret. Also these are called inversions.

Going low to high in tone they are: second inversion, root position, first inversion and

second inversion one octave higher in tone.


Practice playing these up and back the neck.

Later memorize the note names for each inversion of the C major chord.

Remember this techniques applies to all polyphonic instruments.


Now move to all possible positions (registers) of your instrument, then to all 15 keys.


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