When you just want to learn how to play your first guitar, one of the first thing to do is to ensure all your guitar strings are in tune. Let us share how to tune a guitar the easy way!
Basic of Guitar Tuning
Your guitar typically has 6 strings. You need to tune all these strings. We will use standard tuning technique, whereby we need to tune from the lowest pitch string (6th string) until the highest pitch string (1st string) which are:
- String 6 (E)
- String 5 (A)
- String 4 (D)
- String 3 (G)
- String 2 (B)
- String 1 (E)
Here is how to do it:
- For 6th string, you need to tune it accurately to serve as reference string. You can use app to tune it.
- Tuning 5th string
Place your finger on the 5th fret of 6th string. Pick both 5th string and fretted 6th string in turn. Adjust the 5th string tuning peg continuously until you get the 5th string and fretted 6th string in harmony.
- Tuning 4th string
Place your finger on the 5th fret of 5th string. Pick both 4th string and fretted 5th string in turn. Adjust the 4th string tuning peg continuously until you get the 4th string and fretted 5th string in harmony.
- Tuning 3rd string
Place your finger on the 5th fret of 4th string. Pick both 3rd string and fretted 4th string in turn. Adjust the 3rd string tuning peg continuously until you get the 3rd string and fretted 4th string in harmony.
- Tuning 2nd string
Place your finger on the 4th fret of 3th string. Pick both 2nd string and fretted 3rd string in turn. Adjust the 2nd string tuning peg continuously until you get the 2nd string and fretted 3rd string in harmony.
- Tuning 1st string
Place your finger on the 5th fret of 2nd string. Pick both 1st string and fretted 2nd string in turn. Adjust the 1st string tuning peg continuously until you get the 1st string and fretted 2nd string in harmony.
You can also see similar approach in this video:
Other Ways to Tune A Guitar
If the above method seems a bit difficult, you may want to consider using other method. You can use a tool, called a guitar tuner. Typically guitar tuner is equipped with guitar clip, electronic chip and LCD screen. You can attach the guitar tuner on your guitar head. When you play a string, this tool can automatically show the current nearest key that you are playing. For example, if you are playing 1st string, you can continue to spin the tuning peg, until the LCD screen of guitar tuner shows an E.
Take a look at this video to get better ideas to tune your guitar with tuner:
Which Way is Better to Tune A Guitar?
If you are comfortable to tune a guitar manually, by all means, go ahead with that. Of course, electronic guitar tuner help to us to tune the guitar more accurately. Especially, when you want to play with your band, you will most likely need to use an electronic guitar tuner to tune your guitar. Accuracy is key when playing with band to help all players playing in harmony.
I Am Not Sure if Guitar Tuner Can Really Help to Tune a Guitar
If you are not sure, you can try to use guitar tuner app that are available widely on iOS and Android mobile device. Download and use it to get a glimpse and be familiar on its effectiveness to tune your guitar. If you think that this is a useful tool, you can consider purchasing a guitar tuner that you can clip on your guitar. A clip on guitar will make it handy for you when playing your guitar while on the move.
Hopefully you find this useful. Tune your guitar with several options mentioned above, get a feel of it, and you will certainly find the difference in your guitar tone after you did the tuning. Happy tuning!