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Home Introduction Modules - 1 Lesson 1a

LESSON 2 - Notes that have Two Names

3a - Understanding the Chord Diagrams

2 - Notes that have two names

     (Known as - Enharmonic Equivalents)

It is a good time now to touch on the basic idea of Enharmonic Equivalents

All the black notes on a keyboard are called Enharmonic Equivalents, meaning they have

2 names but only 1 sound

(The black notes are also found on a guitar, but obviously not as visible as on a keyboard)

Think of it like this: View the keyboard diagram below & you see the note in-between the notes of  F & G is F#/Gb (Fsharp / Gflat).

So Fsharp (F#) is a little higher in  pitch (sound) than F, & is a little flatter or lower in  pitch than G so it is flat of G, therefore called Gflat (Gb)

The G Major Scale has an F# Note ( Gb ) (F# = Fsharp, Gb = Gflat)

Observe how the white notes of B & C & E & F  are side by side of each other.

(There is no B# or Cb, and no E# or Fb)

Notice that the note of F would be left of the note of F# in our G Major Scale on the guitar.

The Blue numbers shown in the diagram below, show the notes of the G Major scale on  the keyboard

and also along the 6th Bass string of the guitar.

Module 3

5th Bass string

6th Bass string



There are many ways to play a scale on a guitar, you could play a scale all along one string, but this is not usually practical so we generally use all six strings.

Module 3 Lesson 3a Module 3 Lesson 1