I just started playing guitar yesterday. I have learned how to play notes like this, going from lower to higher notes:

  • A - hold down 3rd string on 2nd fret and pluck it
  • B - just pluck 2nd string
  • C - hold down 2nd string on 1st fret and pluck it
  • D - hold down 2nd string on 3rd fret and pluck it
  • E - just pluck 1st string
  • F - hold down 1st string on 1st fret and pluck it
  • G - hold down 1st string on 3rd fret and pluck it

Everything works but now I have to play this:

G-A-B-G and I need that A and B to be higher than G (which I have learned to play). Can someone help me which strings I need to hold down to play A and B above G?

  • @cornbreadninja : i think because I was not familiar with guitar terms.
    – Jaanus
    Mar 29, 2012 at 16:04
  • I hope not. I edited it before @Alex Basson to make them more guitar-like. I didn't do it (I suppose that's obvious) and I doubt Alex did. :\ Mar 29, 2012 at 16:07
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    Nope, wasn't me. And I'll just take this opportunity to repeat what many others have already said on SE sites: By all means, downvote if that's how you feel, but then please also write a comment with a brief, preferably constructive explanation. That way the poster has an opportunity to improve the quality of his/her post and thus improve the site in general. Mar 29, 2012 at 16:34

2 Answers 2


There are many possible solutions, but which one is best depends on what exactly you want. Here are two possibilities:

  1. The easiest solution is to play the G below the A and the B you've learned already. This G is the open third string---in other words, just pluck the third string. Then play the A and the B as you've shown above.
  2. If, instead, you want the G to be the one you've indicated (i.e. the G on the first string, 3rd fret), then you should play the A on the first string, 5th fret and the B on the first string, 7th fret.

For a beginning guitarist such as yourself, I definitely recommend the first solution unless you have a specific reason why it doesn't work for you.


If you choose the higher voicing that @Alex describes, there are at least two good ways to finger it.

You can jump to second position and fret the A with your index finger and the B with your ring finger.

Or you can fret the notes on the E string in a more "stretchy" manner: you fret the F with your index (as normal), then you stretch and fret the G with your middle finger, roll the middle finger and stretch to fret the A with your pinky, then you slide your whole hand up and catch the B still with the pinky; going back down, you fret the A with the middle finger, then slide your hand back to get the G still with the middle finger.

For that G-A-B-G run, I'd finger that as index-middle-pinky-index.

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