How to tune a guitar

How to Tune a Guitar

Learning how to tune a guitar is an essential skill if you always want to sound your best when playing the guitar (and who doesn’t?). The video below, from Nate Savage, is for beginners that want to learn how to tune a guitar by ear or tune with an electronic tuner.

Image of Guitar Tuna app on page about how to tune a guitarToday, there are excellent apps to help you tune a guitar (for your mobile phone or tablet) or you can use a quality electronic tuner. Nonetheless, it’s still very valuable to have the ability to tune a guitar by ear. Not only will this help you whenever you don’t have access to a tuner, but it will also help develop your ears.

You should also know that your guitar can easily fall out of tune due to changes in the temperature, environment and regular playing…and when it does, you will hear that your songs seem to sound off-key.

Guitar strings do not fall out of tune at the same rate, so it’s important to know how each string should sound in tune as you learn guitar chords.

Guitar Tuning Basics

Tuning a guitar involves adjusting 6 strings on the instrument. Standard guitar tuning, starting from the thickest, lowest-pitched string (the 6th string) at the top of neck is: E – A – D – G – B – E – The high E string—the thinnest, highest-pitched string at the bottom of the neck—is known as the 1st string and all others follow suit.

Here’s Nate Savage with an excellent video on how to tune a guitar:

Finally, here is a way to remember the string names, starting from the small “E” to the big “E.” E-very B-oy G-ets D-onuts A-fter E-ating. I’ve also seen:

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Mike Corso

When not playing guitar, I do some other things. See mikecorso.net