I learned early in my guitar playing journey that what I would naturally assume would be the first string (the fattest string) is actually known in proper guitar anatomy parlance as the sixth string. And the skinniest string you play (which is the last string) is known as the first string.
This seems very counterintuitive and is very confusing for almost every beginning guitar student and often causes much tribulation and frustration when they forget what they learned in the first chapter of the lesson book. And for those aspiring guitarist who start out on random YouTube lessons, it may hinder their progress until they stumble across something that tells them that the strings are named the opposite of what they (logically) assumed.
On a piano the first key is the lowest key. On a harmonica, the first hole blow is the lowest note. Why is it opposite on guitar (highest string is called first string even though it's the last string)?
The down strum is the most natural strum on guitar and the one most beginners learn first. The FIRST string you strum in a down strum is called the sixth string. Why not call it the first string?
When you look at your guitar from playing position, the first string you see is the sixth string. Why can't we call that the first string?
I have googled this but can only find multiple articles that recite what I already know - (basically that the first string is the last string and vice versa).
I am absolutely certain it would be far less confusing if the "first" string (you come to) was called the first string and the 6th string was called the sixth string.
Does anyone know the origin of this illogical naming convention for strings on a guitar and can anyone offer any logic for it? I can't think of anything that makes any sense at all personally.