How To Tune A Guitar


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In this guitar lesson video, I am going to show several different methods on how to tune a guitar. Tuning is the one thing that is very important for a beginner guitar student to know how to do. It used to be quite challenging to learn how to tune a guitar before the electronic guitar tuner came along. Now guitar tuning is no problem for any guitar player.

I highly recommend you purchase a electronic tuner to help you keep your guitar in tune. I have been using a Korg GA10 for many years and it still works great. Korg makes a GA-20 electronic tuner also that is really easy to use. You may want to take a look at that one. By using a tuner, there is no guesswork as to whether your guitar is in tune or not. Having your guitar in proper tune is vitally important.

Another method to tune your guitar is if you have access to a keyboard or piano. You can just simply use the keyboard or piano to match the note on the keyboard/piano to the note you want on your guitar. However, most of the time, people just don’t have access to either one of these.

Prior to the electronic tuner being available, the guitar pitchpipe was widely used for tuning the guitar. I used the pitchpipe myself for many years when I first began playing guitar. The pitchpipe has 6 individual reeds,(E A D G B E) one for each guitar string, and all you have to do is blow into one at a time and tune your guitar string to the note your blowing on the pitchpipe.

Now another method to tune a guitar is what I like to refer to as the “old school method” of guitar tuning. This is the way guitar players had to tune many years ago and is a method still being used widely today. The way it works is like this.

Let’s say you don’t have a tuner, pitchpipe, or keyboard/piano available to use to tune to. You assume that the top string (big string – E) is where you want to start tuning. You would hold this string down at the 5th fret and proceed to tune your (5th string – A) to the top or 6th string.

Once you have the 5th string in tune, you would then hold the 5th string down at the 5th fret and tune your (4th string – D) to your 5th string.

Next, after getting the 4th string in tune, simply hold the 4th string down at the 5th fret and tune your (3rd string – G) to the sound of the 4th string.

Note: Now, in tuning the 2nd string, you will hold the 3rd string down at the 4th fret instead of the 5th fret and tune your (2nd string -B) to the 3rd string. (This is the only time using this tuning method that you hold the string down on the 4th fret instead of the 5th fret.)

Once you have the 2nd string in tune, you now go back to the 5th fret holding the (2nd string – B) down at the 5th fret and tune your (1st string – High E) to the 2nd string.

That’s it, you should be in tune. Again, I need to mention that you probably will not want to try using this tuning method at first. It won’t be hard using this method once you begin playing chords and songs and hearing the various notes.

As I have stated, getting an electronic guitar tuner is highly recommended at first.

And finally, I would just like to just mention another method of tuning the guitar using the harmonics at the 12th fret. This is a more advanced tuning method and I will cover this one in another video.

In conclusion, learning how to tune properly and being able to keep your guitar in good tune is vitally important for a beginner guitarist as well as anyone who plays guitar. I hope this lesson on tuning guitar has helped you with being able to tune your guitar properly.

I wish you great success with your guitar learning journey and don’t forget, I am here to help you with any questions or problems. Simply click the Join my newsletter link at the top of this page and fill in the information and I will personally respond via email as quickly as I can. I want you to succeed in learning to play the guitar.

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