Standard Notation applied to the fretboard
(first 13 frets)

E string (1rst string, thinnest string)
=======================================
On The treble clef (standard notation)
         bO O 8ve----
|---O-#O/---------------------------------------O--|
| O                                        bO O    |
|----------------------------------bO-O-#O/--------|
|                             O #O/                |  
|------------------------bO-O----------------------|
|                bO O #O/                          |    
|-------------#O/----------------------------------|
|                                                  |
|--------------------------------------------------|
  E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F

On the fretboard (showing just the natural notes)
E|F|-|G|-|A|-|B|C|-|D|-|E|F|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| 
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 11 12 13

And in TAB
|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|



B string (2nd string)
=====================
On The treble clef (standard notation)
                                                 -O-
                                             bO O
                                  -bO--O--#O/-------
                           bO O #O/
|---------------------O-#O/------------------------|
|                bO O                              |
|--------bO-O-#O/----------------------------------|
|   O #O/                                          |
|-O------------------------------------------------|
|                                                  |
|--------------------------------------------------|
|                                                  |
|--------------------------------------------------|
  B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab  A  A#/Bb B C 



On the fretboard (showing just the natural notes)
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
B|C|-|D|-|E|F|-|G|-|A|-|B|C|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| 
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 11 12 13


And in TAB
|-----------------------------------|
|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|





G string (3rd string)
=====================
On The treble clef (standard notation)

                                                  -bO-
                                           bO O #O/ 
|-------------------------------------O-#O/--------|
|                                bO O              |
|------------------------bO-O-#O/------------------|
|                   O #O/                          |  
|--------------bO-O--------------------------------|
|      bO O #O/                                    |    
|-O-#O/--------------------------------------------|
|                                                  |
|--------------------------------------------------|
   G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb

On the fretboard (showing just the natural notes)
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
G|-|A|-|B|C|-|D|-|E|F|-|G|-| 
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 11 12 13

And in TAB
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|



D string (4th string)
=====================
On The treble clef (standard notation)
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                                 bO |
|-----------------------------------------bO-O-#O/---|
|                                    O #O/           |
|-------------------------------bO-O-----------------|
|                       bO O #O/                     |
|----------------O-O-#O/-----------------------------|
|           O #O/                                    |
|------bO-O------------------------------------------|
  O #O/                  
                          
  D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb

On the fretboard (showing just the natural notes)
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| 
D|-|E|F|-|G|-|A|-|B|C|-|D|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 11 12 13

And in TAB

|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|



A string (5th string)
=====================
On The treble clef (standard notation)
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                                    |
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                                    |
|-------------------------------------------------bO-|
|                                         bO O #O/   |
|----------------------------------O-O-#O/-----------|
|                             O #O/                  |
|------------------------bO-O------------------------|
                 bO O #O/                  
       -- --O-#O/- 
       bO O                  
 -O-#O/-                         
  A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab  A  A#/Bb


On the fretboard (showing just the natural notes)
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
A|-|B|C|-|D|-|E|F|-|G|-|A|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 11 12 13

And in TAB
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|
|-----------------------------------|



A string (5th string)
=====================
On The treble clef (standard notation)
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                                    |
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                                    |
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                                    |
|----------------------------------------------------|
|                                               O    |
|------------------------------------------bO-O------|
                                   bO O #O/                  
  - - -- -- - - -- -- -- -- - O-#O/- 
                         bO O                  
  - - -- -- - ---bO-O-#O/-                  
         bO O #O/                 
  --O-#O/-  
  O
       
  E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F

On the fretboard (showing just the natural notes)
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| 
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|
E|F|-|G|-|A|-|B|C|-|D|-|E|F|
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910 11 12 13

And in TAB

|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|


It should be noted that the guitar is a transposed instrument, it is transposed an octave. If you play the same notes from the same staff on the guitar and the piano, the guitar will sound/play one octave lower than the piano.

Peace,
Christopher Roberts
snglstringtheory@aol.com


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