As we start our music notation reading journey, we can consider the open strings as points of reference. We will fill in the gaps and expand above the high e.
Try saying each string name and information about the note head location while playing the open string. As the string is articulated, such as the Low E string, say "this is string E, the lowest string, it is written as the note head in the minus four space, the space beneath the 3rd ledger line beneath the staff. It has 3 flat hats and if I draw a vertical line, it looks like a capital E." We see the note-head location in our minds and link it to a specific string address. And we practice...
Four at a Time
Twice, Then Once, Then Together
With a Mini-E minor Chord
And now the "bass" strings. They are the 6, 5, and 4 (E, A, and D).
Twice, Then Once
Easy Fingerpicking Arpeggio
Moving forward with our system, knowing these open strings will assist with learning the whole board.