How To Tune Your Guitar

We think it is really a good idea to buy an electric tuner. They can be fairly inexpensive and quite a help. Still, it is also very, very important to train you ear and to be able to tune a guitar without the aid of any device.

A pitch pipe is also a very nice alternative to an electronic tuner and does help get your ear to recognize the notes.

The strings are name as follows - from thickest to thinnest.

6th - E
5th - A
4th - D
3rd - G
2nd - B
1st - E

Tuning Steps

1. Using a pitch pipe, tuner or piano, tune your low string so it is the note E.

2. Place one of your fingers on the 5th fret (there is almost always a dot or inlay on this part of the fretboard) on the E string. That note should be the same note as the open A string. Turn the tuning peg of the open A until both strings sound the same.

3. Place one of your fingers on the 5th fret on the A string. That note should be the same note as the open D string. Turn the tuning peg of the open D until both strings sound the same.

4. Place one of your fingers on the 5th fret on the D string. That note should be the same note as the open G string. Turn the tuning peg of the open G until both strings sound the same.

5. Place one of your fingers on the 4th fret on the G string. That note should be the same note as the open B string. Turn the tuning peg of the open B until both strings sound the same. (Please not that this is the only time you change the fret to the 4th one.)

6. Place one of your fingers on the 5th fret on the B string. That note should be the same note as the open E string. Turn the tuning peg of the open E until both strings sound the same.

To get started, it always good to have a little help from a friend or relative that plays guitar. Just like anything else, practice make perfect; if you stick with it and keep trying you will tuning your guitar with no problem.


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* Please note - New guitar strings will take a few days of playing to "stretch" and therefore may go out of tune rather quickly. Temperature and humidity changes can also have the same affect. Avoid "over-tuning" or putting too much pressure on your your tuning machine gears.