Beginner’s Guide: How to Tune Your Guitar

Learning the chords and playing it can be easy. However, the crucial and tricky part in guitar playing is tuning them accordingly. While there are several people who are gifted and skilled enough to tune their guitars manually without the need to¬†find the best guitar tuners, there are countless people who are incapable of tuning their guitars efficiently; where most people would refer themselves as “guitar tune deaf”.

Although guitar tuners are considered the most practical in most cases, nothing could beat a person who could tune their guitar manually. So, to give you a free tutorial, the following are some simple guitar tuning instructions.

o Learn the standard guitar tuning with EADgbe. This is an open string guitar tuning where you must learn how to tune your guitar from the thickest string (E) to the thinnest string (e). Take note when adjusting the peg, always remember that loosening the peg will turn the sound lower and on the contrary, tightening the peg will make the sound higher.

Step one. Learn to tune the 6th string or the bottom (E) string (the top string). For beginners, you must have a key reference tone and to know one, try using a Piano or research how E should sound like. Again, the best thing about guitar tuners, there is no need for you to listen to keep adjusting the tune until you clearly have the right tune for E string.

Step two. Tune the 5th string (A). Place your index finger on the fifth fret at the bottom of E string which is considered as the A note. Use the open fifth string and fretted sixth string in turn. Then, gently adjust the fifth string peg until the 6th and 5th strings are in harmony.

Step three. Tune the 4th string (D). Similar to the 5th string, you need to place your index finger on the fifth fret of the A string, known as D note. Then, pluck the fretted 5th string followed by the open 4th string, alternately or together. Tune the 4th string until it matches the sound of the fretted 5th string.

Step four. Tune the 3rd string (g). Continuously, place the index finger on the 5th fret of the D string, which is the G note, and then alternately pluck the fretted 4th string and the open 3rd string. Adjust the tune by turning the tuning peg until with harmony.

Step five. The 2nd string (b). This time, instead of using the 5th fret, you need to place your index finger on the 4th fret of the G string, which is the B note. Then, tune the second string according to reference note (B note).

Step six. The last tuning of E string (the bottom string). Place your index finger behind the 5th fret at the B string, which is the E note; then, tune the last string by matching the 5th fret of the second string.

Manual tuning of the guitar can be tough at first, yet a rewarding feeling that you are able to tune it manually without the use of guitar tuner. However, there are also times that having such device is the wisest thing to have, especially during live performances.