Learning the names of the guitar strings in standard tuning is easy when you have something to tie the letters to. This is exactly why people started making up memory aids: to remember the string names (EADGBE). Here are a couple of mnemonic acronyms you can use, but if you know other ones, than leave it as a comment at the bottom of the post.

  • Eat All Day Get Big Easy
  • Eddie Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddie
  • Elvis Always Dug Good Banana Eating
  • Every Apple Does Good Being Eaten
  • Every Amp Deserves Guitars/Basses Everyday
  • Eat Apples Daily Grow Big Ears
  • Eric And Dave's Guitars Beat Everyone
  • Every Acid Dealer Gets Busted Eventually
  • Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears
  • Eat A Dog, Get Big Ears
  • Even Average Dogs Get Bones Eventually
  • Every Apple Does Go Bad Eventually
  • Eat All Dead Gophers Before Easter

If you want to learn the names of the notes across the fretboard as well, check out our video guitar lesson on guitar notes, and our written material on guitar notes and string relationships.

And remember to leave your own little memory aids as well 🙂

47 replies
  1. B
    B says:

    I’m here because I was looking for a child friendly mnemonic. For adults, I find ” the BG’s went to the DA’s office” works. Because you have E’s on the top and bottom, and then the BG’s go to the DA’s office is an easy one to remember. But, little kids don’t know who the BeeGee’s are, nor what a DA”s office is.

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  2. Nick
    Nick says:

    Every August Dad’s Gas Barbecue Explodes
    Eloquent Aardvark Delights Greatly in British Elocution
    Enter Arnie, Dennis Goes, Brings Errol
    Errol Ate Dorothy’s Gargantuan Brioche Emporium
    Etherial Attraction Does Get Brilliant Euphoria
    Ernie Argued Down Graham’s Broken Explanation
    Every Animal Does Get Big Euphoria
    End Another Day, Go Begin Evening
    Eruptions After Dark, Gives Bright Evening

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  3. Kris
    Kris says:

    @Gaston I use nmeminics to teach advanced theory aswell. Like the order of modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrydgian, Lydian, Myxilidian, Aolian, Locrian. (Forgive my spelling) The nmemonic I like to use for modes is: I Don’t PHight Little Midgets Any Longer

    Enjoy

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  4. Kate
    Kate says:

    I’ve always used Eddie Ate Dynamite Good By Eddie, but my guitar teacher is requiring us to create a mnemonic acronym in the correct string order (1,2,3,4,5,6 – E,B,G,D,A,E).
    This is what I came up with:
    Eddie Begins Going Down Avenue E
    or
    Eddie Began Going Down Avenue E

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  5. Matt
    Matt says:

    Some of these are pretty funny. I’ve always used:

    Easter Bunnies Get Drunk At Easter

    Although it’s not something I would teach a little kid, it has always worked for me.

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  6. Jennifer Cummings
    Jennifer Cummings says:

    I like to use… 6th to 1st string:
    every/ ass /does /good/bad/evil…
    or from 1st to 6th…
    easter/bunny/gets/drunk/at/easter
    hope it helps ….rock on my friends!

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  7. Gaston
    Gaston says:

    Good concept! This might be useful to beginner students that are just starting out… I wonder if Mnemonic Acronyms could be useful for more advanced concepts as well?

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  8. Amy Lee
    Amy Lee says:

    This is for learning the strings from the 6th string to the 1st string if it’s easier for you.

    Easter Bunnies Go Down At Easter

    Works for me! =)

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  9. GodotIsWaiting4U
    GodotIsWaiting4U says:

    I’m a fantasy nerd, so I go with:

    Every
    Ancient
    Dragon
    Gets
    Bigger
    Every (year)

    It’s not perfect, but it works for me.

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