Learn how to tune your guitar with or without a guitar tuner.
To make sure your songs sound good, you need to make sure your guitar is in tune.
To tune your guitar you just turn the tuning pegs on the top of the guitar neck to tighten or loosen each string. When you do this, you change the note that the string is tuned to.
How the Strings are Tuned Each string on the guitar is tuned to a different note. The thickest string is tuned to the noteE, the lowest note on the guitar.
The next string is tuned to the noteA, then D, G, B and the thinnest string is tuned to the noteE again, but twooctaveshigher than the low E string.
Using a Guitar Tuner Using a guitar tuner is the easiest way to tune your guitar. It’s a little electronic device that you can buy at the music store.
Set the switch on your guitar tuner to the low E string. Pluck that string and turn the tuning peg so that the needle on the guitar tuner goes to the middle of the meter. On some tuners there is a light that turns green.
Do the same process to tune the rest of the strings. On some tuners you need to change the switch for each string.
Using a Pitch Pipe If a tuner doesn’t fit in your budget, buy a pitch pipe. A pitch pipe is like a harmonica, except it only has six notes, one for each string on the guitar.
Blow into the low Enote on the pitch pipe and at the same time play the low Estring on your guitar. If the string is out of tune with the pitch pipe you will hear a subtle “wah wah wah” sound.
Try to eliminate the “wah wah wah” sound by turning the tuning peg of the Estring either clockwise or counterclockwise. The “wah wah wah” sound slows down as you get closer to being in tune.
It may take a little practice to be able to hear the changes in the “wah wah wah” sound.
Tuning a Guitar Without a Guitar Tuner If you can get at least one string in tune, you can tune the rest of the strings by following these three steps:
1. Tune the low E string. Tune the low E string using a tuning fork, a pitch pipe, a piano or another guitar. Just play the E note on one of those devices and pluck the low Estring at the same time.
Listen for a “wah wah wah” sound and adjust the Estring tuning peg to eliminate the sound. The “wah wah wah” sound slows down as you get closer to being in tune.
2. Tune the A string using the low E string. Play the Anote on the 5th fret of the low Estring and at the same time pluck the Astring. These are the samenotes.
Listen for the “wah wah wah” sound and adjust the A string tuning peg to eliminate the sound.
3. Tune each string using the previous string.
With almost every pair of strings, the note on the 5th fret is the same note as the next string. The only exception is the 3rd string where the note B is on the 4th fret.
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