Bayliss Labs

Notes on Guitar Strings: Quickly Visualise

The following interactive graphic shows the positions of each note on the fretboard of a six-string guitar. Move your mouse or tap over the image and explore. And then play them on your guitar.

Update: A new version of this chart with more features is available in this post.

How to use

The highest pitch (No.1 string) is shown at the top, and the lowest pitch (No.6 string) is shown at the bottom. The left most dots indicate the note that would be played if the string was plucked ‘Open’. The right most dots show the notes played when pressing at the 12th fret. Think of this as mimicking the way you would(as a right-handed guitarist) view the fretboard when playing.

The tuning is assumed to be the standard tuning of E-A-D-G-B-E, and the chart shows all of the notes in the key of C major. i.e. The sharp/flat notes between the naturals are not shown. You can also think of these as the white-keys on the piano.

Hovering your mouse over each fret will highlight/show the note value and also all the places that same note may be played on a different string.

If you find this useful then stayed tuned as I plan to add some more features such as different keys and scales, and also non-standard tunings.

Practice Idea

It can be fun to improvise. Just play up and down as you feel like keeping to the notes shown and avoiding the positions where there isn’t a dot. You’ll be soloing in the key of C.