Tuning Your Guitar Good: For Beginners

Here is an easy, clear and simple guide to tuning your guitar! No Tuner Required!

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Here are a few techniques, quick and easy, for tuning a guitar! Step 1. Begin with the sixth (lowest and thickest) string. Tune it to E - the 12th white key to the left of middle C on the piano. Loosen or tighten the string a little at a time until the tones match. Step 2. Place your finger behind the fifth fret of the sixth string. This step will give you the pitch of the fifth string, which is A. Tune the fifth string to match this note. Step 3. Place your finger behind the fifth fret of the fifth string to get the pitch of the fourth string, which is D. Tune the fourth string to match this note. Step 4. Place your finger behind the fifth fret of the fourth string to get the pitch of the third string, which is G. Tune the third string to match this note. Step 5. Put your finger behind the fourth fret of the third string to get the pitch of the second string, which is B. Tune the second string to match this note. Step 6. Place your finger behind the fifth fret of the second string to arrive at the pitch of the first string, which is E. Tune the first string to match this note. Step 7. Touch the strings very lightly during the entire procedure; pressing hard will give you the wrong tone. If you have no piano then you have to do it by ear: Strings EADGBE top to bottom of the fret board. Start at the highest string E i.e. the bottom thinnest one. Tune to what you think is about the right sound. Press the B string at the 5th fret and tune E and B to the same sound by adjusting the B string. Press the G string at the 4th fret and tune it to the B string press the D string at nhe 5th fret and tune it to the G string Press the A string at the 5th fret and tune it to the D string Press the Lowest E string at the 5th fret and tune it to the A string. Repeat until all are correct. NOTE - as you tune the guitar the neck will bend and change the tuning so you may need to do this several times. The strings are now in tune relative to each other. If you play with others or records you need to get it in tune with them - For other instruments you can compare the sound - for records you need to buy either a set of pitch pipes (I can't use them) or an electronic tuning meter (much easier).

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    Greg_x
    I used to tune my guitar with a tuning fork...A note. The electronic tuner made it much faster,
    guitar/bass95
    Well, you've been profuctive lately. I already gave such harsh criticism on the last two lessons, so I don't feel like doing it now. I don't see anything wrong with this lesson, it's pretty basic guide to tune your guitar and you mentioned really useful points, such as tuning your guitar with the rest of the band, the note you get from the tuner might not always be right when you play with other people. You really have nice ideas for lessons, I understand that you're new and all, but if you really wish to help people, try to find a topic that is unused or at least a bit rarer than tuning and tab reading.
    sEdivad
    It's quite ok, but just one thing: never, never use those pitch pipes for recording. They're ok to practice, but to record you need something more accurate.