No, this isn’t a lesson in zoology. “Elephants And Deer Grow Big Ears” is actually the sentence I teach my guitar students to help them memorize the order of strings (lowest to highest) on the guitar.
When I first started learning to play, I just memorized E-A-D-G-B-E. But in the middle of a 7-year-old student’s first lesson, I realized I was going to need to find a way to make it stick. So I came up with my sentence on the spot, wrote it down for my student, and have been using it ever since.
I was curious as to whether anyone else uses that same sentence, so I googled it. I didn’t come across my sentence, but I did find these:
- Every Ant Does Good Bad Everyday
- Elvis Always Dug Good Banana Eating
- Every Apple Does Good Being Eaten
- Every Athlete Does Good Before Events
- Every American Dog Growls Barks Eats
- Eat All Delicious Green Beans Everyday
How do you remember and/or teach the order of strings on the guitar? Some people go the opposite way, starting with the highest string. In either case, I’d be curious to hear other mnemonic devices for guitar. Please share yours in the comments!