About the Acoustic Guitar Fretboard

Andrew (Drew) Horun, a student and participant in competitive wrestling, enjoys playing guitar in his free time. When not on the wrestling mat, Andrew Horun works to learn new songs and develop his technique.

Good technique on the guitar depends on knowledge of the guitar’s anatomy. Guitarists must have a command over the fretboard, where strings and the divisions thereof allow for the production of specific tones.

The acoustic guitar has six strings. The string commonly considered the first string, the highest in pitch, produces an E in standard tuning. Moving lower in pitch, the second through fifth strings produce a B, G, D, A, and E, respectively.

To produce other tones, the musician depresses the string at other fret locations. The first fret is that which is closest to the guitar’s headstock, where the tuning pins are located. By moving down the fretboard, toward the body of the instrument, the player can produce a half step higher per fret. When a musician understands this structure and its function, he or she can more easily and effortlessly produce the correct notes.