Is the guitar a two octave instrument or four?

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  1. Jayzxr

    Jayzxr Member

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    Genuine question assuming guitar is a six string 24 fret how many octaves does it cover?
     
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    Don A Silver Supporting Member

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    I think I got the numbers right, I mocked this up really quick.

    This is the octaves across the neck.

    So you have the full octaves of the 2, 3 and 4, but partial for the 1 and 5 that combine to give a full octave of range, so you could think of it that if you started your open E on A instead, your high E 24th would be A as well and you'd have 4 full octaves.
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    Lowest playable note to highest - 4 octaves.
     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Silver Supporting Member

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    The correct answer is - four.
     
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    4 w a 24 fret neck and starting w a low E.
     
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    Your answer is only correct if you are starting from the lowest note..ie E open
     
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    Excellent reply! Nice diagram! Yes it’s only 4 octaves if you start from lowest note open E.
     
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    Where else would you start when the question is "what is the range or xxxxxx instrument?". You start at the lowest note available and go to the highest. There is no other possible answer.
     
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    I’m saying for example if you were playing a scale all the way up the neck then it’s only possible to cover 4 octaves only when you start from lowest E, if you start from any other note then you will over 3 octaves or a maximum of 2.
     
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    What note would you start on to get a maximum of 2 (on a 24 fret guitar)?
     
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    E4 ascending or descending.
     
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    This is a really good point. Whenever someone asks me how tall I am, I make sure they specify if they want me to measure from the ground. I mean, if you start at my knee, I lose more than a foot.
     
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    Four octaves. A 24-fret guitar has 49 distinct notes.
     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Silver Supporting Member

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    That is the range of the instrument. Lowest note to highest note. This aint rocket science.
     
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    Not trying to be an arse but you could just sit with a guitar in your lap and figure this out. It will help you learn the fretboard, too.
     
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    Not quite what he meant.
     

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