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How to Tune a Guitar

In this article I will explain how to tune a guitar. Tuning a guitar is relatively easy.  It is ideal to have a guitar tuner, but it is possible to tune without a tuner. For that go to this article Tuning a Guitar without a Tuner.

  • If you have an electric guitar, plug it into your tuner using an instrument cable. 

  • If you have an acoustic, rest the tuner directly in front of your guitar.

Pro Tip: To get a really stable tune, stretch each string after you tune it, then retune. This will increase the longevity of your tune.

Step by Step Tuning

Most guitars have six strings. From top to bottom they are E-A-D-G-B-e. Those are the notes we want to be tuning to, most tuners will show that on the display to confirm you are tuning the string to the correct note.

  1.  Start by picking the low E string (the thickest string), watch the tuner at the same time. 

  2. The tuner's needle or LEDs will bounce around, your goal is to center the needle/LEDs right in the middle by turning the tuning knob.

  3. I find it best to pick the note once every second, tuning upward until my picked note is perfectly in tune. (Its important to tune upward to your desired note, this ensures the string will remain in tune under tension, believe me this will save you ALOT of tuning time. Sometimes this means you'll need to detune the string first, then tune upward.)

4.  Repeat this process with each string.

5.  When finished, you can confirm everything is correct by strumming an open E chord. Your ear will learn to          detect even the tiniest inconsistencies.

6.  Rock On.