Fingers, Frets, and Strings
Before you can dive in to playing the guitar you should understand how your fingers, the guitar strings, and the guitar frets are numbered. These may seem like simple topics, but it is important for you to know which finger to put on which fret. Let’s get started
When I talk about finger numbers I am talking about the fingers on your left hand if you are right handed and the fingers on your right hand if you are left handed. Your index finger will be called your 1st finger, your middle finger will be called your 2nd finger, your ring finger will be called your 3rd finger and your pinky will be called your 4th finger.
Next is the numbering system for the strings of the guitar. This is the opposite of what you might think. Most people think that the thickest string is the first string. It’s exactly the opposite. The thinnest string is the first string. The second string, third, fourth, fifth, sixth follow from there. That’s not really hard. You’re just going to want to be aware that the thinnest string is the first string, and the thickest string is the sixth string.
Frets are the metal strips that are mounted on the fretboard of the guitar. The fret closest to the headstock of the guitar is the 1st fret. If you put your finger right behind this fret you would be playing on the 1st fret of the guitar. Move a finger up one fret to play the 2nd fret and so on. Make sure you know how to number your fingers and frets before moving on to the next guitar lesson in the Beginner Guitar Quick-Start Series where you will learn the parts of the guitar.