#1
Okay, so i need to tune my guitar, but I got no idea how to. I've got an electronic tuner, but I don't really understand the meter and flashing lights. I know I need to get it to '0', but the meter goes to +50 (red light) whenever I strum the string - so do I need to tighten or loosen? If I tighten it too much can't the strings break?

So thanks for your help.
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#2
E - top string
A
D
G
B
E - bottom string

Make sure your tuner is at 440 hz... tune it to the note corresponding to each string then just tune it down or up to 0(middle of the needle thing) but im pretty sure its better to tune down,,
#3
If the light is at plus fiftty you should tune it down, the other post should help a lot too
#4
So... by tuning it down i'd be tightening or loosening the string?
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#5
You'd be loosening it if you tuned it down, and obviously you'd be tightening it if you tuned it up.
#6
If the tuner is showing +50 you need to tune down, or loosen the string a bit. Also, don't strum so hard using an electric tuner. Personally I find tuning from the outside strings to the inner strings works best, but thats because I have a floating bridge.
#7
It goes red, green, red or something along those lines. What's wrong?
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#8
That means you're probably close enough to practice. If your tuner doesn't have a needle display or some way to indicate how far off you are from being in tune than that really sucks and I'd recommend buying a new one with a display like that.
#9
It's got a meter. And it does show how far off. I got some questions:

A) How loud/hard should I strum the strings when tuning?
B) What volume should the guitar have when tuning?
C) How PERFECT should I be when tuning on the meter?
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#10
Quote by Newtoguitar
It's got a meter. And it does show how far off. I got some questions:

A) How loud/hard should I strum the strings when tuning?
B) What volume should the guitar have when tuning?
C) How PERFECT should I be when tuning on the meter?



a. no strumming, pick 1 string at a time
b. maximum
c. what do you mean?
smile
#11
1. Well it shouldn't be TOO hard, any volume that the tuner can hear should be fine
2. Well I don't think it matters if you've got a tuner that you plug your guitar into, that's assuming you have one of those, again any volume that the tuner can hear should be fine.
3. You should really try and get every string perfect, but if your tuner is really sensitive or precise try and get it as close as possible.
#12
C) Should the meter be right on 0?

And I meant pick but I forgot what the word was so I just said strum, lol.
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#13
Yeah, as I said before if it's really sensitive get it as close to 0 as possible.
#14
And while I have a thread up, how come these tabs are different?

e--------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------|
G--0--3--5~---0--3--6-5~---0--3--5~---3--0~--|
D--0--3--5~---0--3--6-5~---0--3--5~---3--0~--|
A--------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------|

(Palm Muted)
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
F|-----------------------------------------------------|
C|---5-9---7-----5-----5-9---7-----5-----5---5-----5---|
G|-7-----7---7-7---5-5-----5---5-5---2-2---2---2-2-----|
C|-----------------------------------------------------|


Also, would I play the frets on string C first, then the frets on string G?
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#15
A: A normal strum. You don't need it to be particularly loud or put much force into it to produce the sound. If you strum too lightly you wont be able to hear it too well, and if you strum too hard you may get some buzzing and the note wont sound quite as even throughout. Most people strum harder than necessary when starting out, but usually its not excessively hard to cause problems.

B: I use around a 7 or 8 on my guitar when tuning it. I don't think it really matters so long as the volume is loud enough to register electronically, or in other words, use above a 6 at the very least.

C: How perfect do you want it to be? Most people wont notice if their guitar is slightly sharp or flat. I personally like having my guitar disgustingly in tune, so I tune it two to three times strumming and using natural harmonics, though very few people will even be able to appreciate or tell how in tune it is. Being a beginner, I would not recommend tuning it that well, as the time is better spent in practice, so just make sure the tuner is in the green more often than it is in the red, even if it is fluctuating slightly.

If you have any more questions feel free to message me. I have class in the morning so I'm hitting the sack.
#16
Thanks all. Could someone answer my previous post?
Guitars:
-Marquez MD-200 Cutaway Steel String Acoustic
-Some cheap electric guitar
#17
Quote by Newtoguitar
Thanks all. Could someone answer my previous post?

look, as you know what ever you play you plat note. where ever you play on neck you are playing a note, E F G A B C D.

E string 1
B string 2
G string 3
D string 4
A string 5
E string 6 (biggest)

is the default guitar tuning, this means that when you pick an open string you will play one of those notes.

the second tab that you posted, guitar is tuned that way that open strings will sound different than default tuning, my english is not very good but i hope you got the idea.
smile
#18
May want to realise the tuning is different between tabs. Just a thought to remember.

And no, you play the one on the 'G' string first on the second tab. You play from left to right on tabs.
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#19
tune out of the neck pick-up too...
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#20
Wrap it in tags

[quote="Newtoguitar"]And while I have a thread up, how come these tabs are different?

[CODE]e--------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------|
G--0--3--5~---0--3--6-5~---0--3--5~---3--0~--|
D--0--3--5~---0--3--6-5~---0--3--5~---3--0~--|
A--------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------|

(Palm Muted)
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
F|-----------------------------------------------------|
C|---5-9---7-----5-----5-9---7-----5-----5---5-----5---|
G|-7-----7---7-7---5-5-----5---5-5---2-2---2---2-2-----|
C|-----------------------------------------------------|
[/CODE]

Also, would I play the frets on string C first, then the frets on string G?[/QUOTE]

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