What is Concept Of Pitch? How to find notes on your guitar? #guitarseekh #guitarforbeginners
Updated: Feb 23, 2019
This blog post is about the Concept of Pitch in Western Music (how the nomenclature of notes or basic alphabet in the language of music, is done). We will also understand Standard Tuning on a guitar, and then, we will look where are different pitches on the guitar fretboard.
Firstly, let's understand what is pitch in music. The pitch of a note is how high or low it sounds. Sounds are higher or lower in pitch according to the frequency of vibration of the sound waves producing them. A high frequency (e.g., 880 Hz) is perceived as a high pitch; a low frequency (e.g., 55 Hz) as a low pitch.
There are 12 recognizable notes/pitches in music, which is most commonly called "Alphabet of Music".
Now, let's understand how these 12 notes are made and how each one of them is named.
The 12 notes in music are further divided into 2 types of notes - Natural Notes (7) and Accidental Notes (5). The 7 Natural Notes are "A-B-C-D-E-F-G", while there are two methods to find the Accidental Notes - System of Sharps and System of Flats.
1. Sharp (#) - The note that is one half step higher than the natural note is called a Sharp.
2. Flat (b) - The note that is one half step lower than the natural note is called a Flat.
The image below shows how the standard tuning of a guitar looks like. In the guitar, 1st String - E 2nd String - B 3rd String - G 4th String - D 5th String - A 6th String - E The best way to remember the standard tuning is to make a phrase out of the sequence. For example, Every Beautiful Girl Deserves An Earring (E-B-G-D-A-E). Once we know the standard tuning of the guitar, we can easily find out all the 12 notes of music on each string of the instrument. To understand how we can find out the notes on each string, refer to the video above.
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