How To Tune Your Guitar – Lesson 3

About How To Tune Your Guitar – Lesson 3

Level: Beginner

How To Tune Your Guitar – Lesson 3

In this lesson, we explain how to tune your guitar to the standard A440 pitch.

 

Syn’s Tips

Unfortunately, this is an essential skill you must know in order to play the guitar. The guitar goes out of tune quite often and if you are spending a good amount of time practicing, you may need to tune your guitar a few times a day!

Can you guys upload some videos in the "Lesson Comments" section below demonstrating how you do this? I know everyone does this a little bit different so take the time to figure out the right way for you!

Also, since there are so many different types of guitars, can you guys upload videos demonstrating how to change the strings on yours? Another unfortunate side effect of the guitar is that the strings break every once in a while or just get rusty and unusable. Knowing how to change the strings is another essential skill to know if you play the guitar.

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Tereza Kozikova
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Tereza Kozikova I use my Marshall tuner and it works for more than 1O years. But when I travel I use GuitarTuna app for Android on my smartphone. And sometimes my own ears. After tuning by your ears you can check it with this method - https://www.wikihow.com/Tune-a-Guitar-by-Ear 🙂
Tereza Kozikova
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Tereza Kozikova I used my Marshall tuner. But when I travel with my guitar I use tuner on my smartphone. To be concrete - it's GuitarTuna app for Android 🙂
Kye Feher
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Kye Feher Whoa, whoa, whoa! Have I completely missed something here? Which string is which? Which way are the frets numbered? I am so lost :'( I'm a complete foetus here...
Josh Lightner
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Josh Lightner Kye, the frets are numbered from the nut (tuning end) to the body. So when you are looking at the tabulature (tabs) your actually seeing the six strings as well as which fret to play. Hope this helps, I have been playing for about three years and I am still learning. Best of luck.
Carol Seeds
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Carol Seeds My dad always tuned by ear and I never could figure out how he was doing it! Now I am almost CERTAIN this is what he was doing all those years! So awesome! I have been using Guitartuna and now I can do this too!
Fraser Hyde
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Fraser Hyde You should mention the nutlock
Douglas Carvalho
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Douglas Carvalho My doubt about tune by myself is to identify that the notes are the same
Douglas Carvalho
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Douglas Carvalho My doubt about tune myself its to hear the notes.
Rebecca Faber
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Rebecca Faber Nerdy fun fact: Some orchestras now tune to a 442 instead of a 440, such as the LA Phil and some European orchestras.
Jesus Gonzalez
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Jesus Gonzalez I really have a lot of trouble tuning my guitar without a tuner, jus listening to it to see if the notes are the same seems almost impossible for me. Any suggestions?
Josh Wright
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Josh Wright Play an octave, if you are close but not exact you will hear "waves" in the sound and they speed up as you get closer to the note. When they are exactly the same there will be no "wave" in the sound. I realize its been awhile but I hope this helps.
Marshall Taylor
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Marshall Taylor https://youtu.be/dq6pAaMjNDo Harmonic (relative) tuning method. This is idiot-proof and works great.
Ekrem Taha Ünlü
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Ekrem Taha Ünlü I often use my Zoom g5n processor for tune but sometimes I'm using androip app whose name is "Tuner - Pitched".
Héctor Borges
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Héctor Borges i personaly use an app cifra club tunner, a recomendation is to learn the sound of ich string and with time you´ll be able to tune the strings by ear, my teacher does it that way, i cant doit at all, just in some strings 😀 but is really usefull, like the way from the video! Thanks Hanner Sr, Pd: that app is great to practice the notes when you pull on and off!!
LifeofChris YOUTUBE
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LifeofChris YOUTUBE I use the tuner on my amp for the most part but also use this method as well. Using a tuner to atleast get the base note is very important though otherwise you may tune the whole guitar wrong ! 👍🏻
Ram Kumar
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Ram Kumar It's very easy to tune with a clip-on tuner or a smartphone app. Once you start training your ear, you will slowly start tuning your guitar without the tuners.
Ruby Calypso
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Ruby Calypso Temperature changes also effects tuning. It has been down below freezing here in Muscle Shoals for a while now. It is a really weird feeling to have the strings start to tighten while playing ukulele. Coda said the nylon are more temperature reactive than the metal strings. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and giving a safe space for us to share ours.
Zachary Yates
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Zachary Yates GuitarTuna is a good phone app, but I highly recommend the clip on snark tuners that rely on vibrations so that you may tune even when there is ambient noises in the room.
Kelly Heinen
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Kelly Heinen Beginner here. When I try doing it like PG, I can get the open string in tune. But wjen I go to the 5th fret, it's not in tune...do I adjust my peg again? Won't that throw the open string out of tune? This is on an acoustic.
Kelly Heinen
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Kelly Heinen Ha, answered my own question. How do we delete comments?
Kelly Heinen
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Kelly Heinen https://vimeo.com/249884654/comments
Andoniriana Andrianina Andrianaivo
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Andoniriana Andrianina Andrianaivo Can someone help me to find some exercises about how to tune my guitar by ears?
Andoniriana Andrianina Andrianaivo
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Andoniriana Andrianina Andrianaivo Thank you guys! You help a lot!
Jose Suero
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Jose Suero try to have a chord in your ears for example i use the F or the intro for smell like teen spirit and thats how i know if its tuned or not my friend
Allan Souza
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Allan Souza Just praticing man. You have to accustom your ears to knowing when the note is different from when it would be tuned.
Cassio Perussi
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Cassio Perussi When i was a kid and started to study guitar, two thing that I learned about tune a guitar it's: - When you don't have a ear to notes, mainly in the beginning of studies, you can tune your A string using a home phone. Before you make a call to someone, the continuous sound that he does it's very similar with A string (2º up to down). - After that you can tune the upper chord by "vibration". You stretch or low the chord until the vibration of her became strong, harmonizing with the sound of the lower chord. To tune the other string, you can use this same trick. This way you can train you ear and tune up guitar just listening the sounds that each one make.
Cassio Perussi
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Cassio Perussi Just complementing, to make the "vibration" technique get right, you have to press the 5ºfret of the string (in this tune of EABGDE, of course) and look the right down string and see if the vibration it's continuos and sincronized with the sound.
Ale Algara
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Ale Algara Hi! I Don´t have video for my running, but when there is no app or tuner close, I use the riff of crazy train, the intro, I know it´s on bass but it works for the two last strings, from there I go like in this video 🙂
Ale Algara
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Ale Algara *Tuning (sorry for bad English)
Peter Mrozik
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Peter Mrozik https://youtu.be/WIgAbLPn6fA Here's how I tune my guitar. I forgot to mention in the video that the tuner does automatically turn off so even if you forget to turn it off it will turn off but you should turn it off right away to conserve the battery.
Filip Tomiša
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Filip Tomiša https://vimeo.com/249653738 This is how I tune my guitar. I use an app called GuitarTuna. I think it's pretty good. I was using the app on my old phone because I had to record it with my current phone so it was a bit laggy and the tuning might not be perfect but it works pretty great on a decent phone.
Tereza Kozikova
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Tereza Kozikova Yep, I use it too, good app 🙂
Conor Mason
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Conor Mason Hi Filip! Generally, in my experience, the 3rd string goes out of tune the most because of how the guitar is built, intonated, fretted and designed. Also, as the guitar's neck can shift and need adjusting due to environmental changes, that can naturally cause intonation problems. I've talked to many guitar techs over the years and it's a perpetual problem we have to deal with as guitarists! Having your guitar regularly checked for its setup and locking tuners can help with stability! That's just my two cents! Hope that helps. I'm sure others around here have knowledge as well
Vinícius Contente
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Vinícius Contente I use the same app.
Daniel Sobota
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Daniel Sobota I use the same app and it works great for me. It's pretty neat because there are chord practices on it as well.
Filip Tomiša
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Filip Tomiša Also I noticed that the third string (G) is the most common one to go out of tune. Why is that?
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