There are other questions on this topic, but they're very unclear on which tone is which in singing vs guitar.

So if my lowest singing note is G (3rd fret e bass string) and the highest is G3 (15th fret high e string) does this mean my range is G - G3?

This is a bit confusing to me because I've read people on forums writing their range was like c2-a4 (males) and it sounds a bit too high and no bass to be true.

So - is A4 in singing the same tone as A4 is in guitar?

  • Bottom E on a guitar is E2. So your range is G2 to G5.
    – slim
    Sep 17, 2014 at 7:33
  • Aha I think the problem was that in ny country we're still taught that B is H and Bb is B, maybe it's the same with octaves. Teachers teach that bottom E is E bass or "small e", and e top is e2. Hence the confusion Sep 17, 2014 at 8:21
  • There may be confusion as the guitar plays notes that are one octave lower than the ones that appear on the dots.
    – Tim
    Sep 17, 2014 at 9:45

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The open guitar strings in standard tuning are E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 in scientific pitch notation, or E2 A2 D3 G3 H3 E4 if you use H.

In Helmholtz pitch notation, they are E A d g b e′ or E A d g h e′. Here small e would be E3.

A4 is A4, no matter what instrument or voice, and A4 is generally standardized to 440 Hz. (These notations remove all ambiguity and confusion; that is at least their intent.)

Confusion enters in because guitar is normally written in treble clef, one octave above where it actually sounds.

The G at the 15th fret on the high E string of a guitar is G5.

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