Finger Names

The following diagrams show the names typically used for fingers in most guitar notation and instructions books.

The use of ‘C’ for the pinky finger is less common because most traditional guitar instruction text only use PIMA notation for the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers for the plucking hand.

These initials are derived from the Spanish names for fingers dating back to early  classical guitar instruction books from the Romantic period (approximately 1790 to 1830).

For right-handed players:


For left-handed players:


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