Topic: String Numbering
The engineer in me is wondering "why" yet again.
I can think of a few good reasons why the low E should be string 1 and the high e should be string 6. Examples:
1. The way a guitar is normally played, the low E is on top (closest to the player). That should be string 1.
2. When you strum a guitar you usually start with a downstrum at the lower strings and go toward the high, which means you would hit the low string first. That should be string 1.
3. Scales are usually played starting low-to-high (Do-Re-Mi-Fa . . . etc.). Lowest note first. Lowest string (E) should be string 1.
4. Tab chord designations: G = 320003. Left to right should equal 1-6.
But this isn't the way it is. I did some research and all I could find is that both conventions are used, but low E = 6 is by FAR the most widely accepted.
In a nutshell: Can someone please explain to me why the strings are numbered backwards?