As we already mentioned in past articles, we always receive emails from users with interesting questions. Some of you already know how to tune a guitar but some of you don’t! For you, here is a reminder on how you can tune your guitar.
Learning how to tune your guitar is an important skill to learn if you want to become a guitar player. Having a guitar that is in tune will make a massive difference to how good your playing sounds. There are quite a few methods for tuning your guitar, some that you will use more than others. Still, it is good to know how to use all the methods that are available.
The most common way of tuning a guitar, is to itself. To do this you tune all your strings from the bottom (thickest) string up to the top string (thinnest). To do this you press down on the fifth fret and tune the A string (second thickest) so that is sound perfectly in tune with the bottom string with the fifth fret pushed down.
Repeat this process to all the strings except for the B string (second thinnest) which you press down on the forth fret on the G string (third thinnest) to tune.
The electronic tuner is probably the easiest and most effective way of tuning your guitar to correct pitch. With an electronic tuner you can get a very accurate tuning because it actually measures the sound wave frequency of your strings. Take your tuner and pluck each string individually until each string is perfectly in tune. Remember a guitar is tuned from top to bottom EBGDAE.
You can try tuning your guitar to another guitar. For this method take the guitar that is in tune and try and tune each string on you guitar so that you can hear that each string vibrates in tune with the other.
Regardless of whether you set out to learn a few simple chords, or if you just want to be the next biggest thing to grace the music world. When you pick up an instrument you are going to have to practice if you are to have any hope of getting better.
Try all these methods to tune your guitar to see which one works best for you.
Posted by Ben Edwards
How do I get the bottom line tuned right at the first place?
Forget the Piano…. no one has access piano. Use a pitch pipe. Then test against electronic tuner.!!!
@Paul, you’re absolutely right, provided of course the piano is in tune as well. Of course, this is most important when playing with other musicians so you all sound good together.
Cooments are very helpful; I would just like to point out that the bottom (6th) string should be tuned from a note from a piano / keyboard so that the guitar is tuned to the band pitch.
Thanks, was very helpful. I’m like, learning to play all over again. first started playing in 1967. After 12 years of Army combat infantry and now retired from civilan sector, i’ts time to get serious. Now i’m trying to play electric guitar rock music the right way. Thanks to you all, and computers.