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How To Tune A Guitar?

Learning how to tune a guitar properly is one of the most important things you will ever learn. If you’ve ever had that “Huh! Something sounds wrong here” reaction while playing, you’re not alone. Something was wrong, and it was your tuning!

Let me help you take care of that.

That’s the easiest way, but it’s worth learning a few more…

Let’s say you find yourself somewhere with no tuning aids available: no tuner, no videos available to follow along with, and no other guitars to refer to (maybe you’re camping). That does sound like an awful place to be, but it doesn’t mean you have to play in untuned shame.

Assuming you learn how to tune your guitar by ear, everything will work out just fine. I’ll cover two main techniques for doing that:

  • They both use what’s called relative pitch. Don’t let the prep school sound of the term scare you off. It’s simple, really, and a must-know even for a beginning guitar player. Relative pitch tuning techniques cover:
    • The fifth-fret method – The classic method.
    • The harmonic method – The somewhat more accurate, infinitely cooler method.

How To Tune A Guitar?

Or you could just use a guitar tuner. I guess they do make those for a reason. How To Tune A Guitar?

However you go about it, just be sure to get tuned up, and next time something seems “off”, you’ll know where to come.

Once you’ve got that taken care of, it’s time for some playing. Let’s get to it!