I can identify the open string in the key of C, but i don't know how to identify the open string if it starts from other than key of C,Can someone help me, I have shown below the music sheetsenter image description here

Where is the guitar notes in which fret it falls if it starts from key of Bb?

Open string in the key of C, is shown below enter image description here

How to indentify open strings in the staff notation?

  • What do you mean "the open string"? Can you explain what and where "the open string" is in C? Oct 27 '19 at 13:41
  • I have shown in my post for open string in C @piiperi
    – Biki Teron
    Oct 27 '19 at 13:51
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    This question isn't easy to follow. Could you please ask it another way? The open strings are the same note names whatever key a piece is in. Those open notes are not really 'in C', they just happen to all be notes from the key of C. Or key G, or key D or key A
    – Tim
    Oct 27 '19 at 14:01
  • I am sorry for my way of asking question, this makes you all confussion. I have modified my question @Tim
    – Biki Teron
    Oct 27 '19 at 14:13

You look at the notes in the scale. Whichever of them happens to be E, A, D, G or B, (or an enharmonic equivalent) can potentially be played with an open string, at least from the one octave. And assuming that your guitar is tuned to regular E A D G B E tuning.

The C major scale doesn't have any sharps or flats, and its notes are:

  • C, D, E, F, G, A, B

From this set of notes, D, E, G, A and B can be played using an open string (in the one octave where the open strings are). For C and F, no open string can be found.

Bb major has two flats: Bb and Eb. The notes of the scale are:

  • Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb

From this set of notes, D, G and A can be played using an open string, at least in one octave. For Bb, C, Eb and F, no open string can be found.

Guitar open strings on Bb scale

The E, B and E strings are nowhere on the Bb major scale, so that's why there's no arrows for them.

The higher A note on the staff doesn't have an arrow pointing to any string. That's because it's in a higher octave than the open A string.

(Enharmonic equivalent means, for example Fb - if you ever encounter such a thing - can be played with the E string. Cb can be played with the B string.)

  • This could end up sounding rather strange. OP is obviously a beginner, and could well play those open strings in another octave to the dots! Could be fun!
    – Tim
    Oct 27 '19 at 15:26
  • @Tim Well yeah, I noticed that when making the picture ... maybe it isn't obious without specifically pointing out that the higher A doesn't have an arrow even though there's an A string. :) Oct 27 '19 at 16:27

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