Basic Guitar Tuning
Tuning a Guitar
By Shawn Bradshaw
In this lesson we are going to take a look at something that many
guitarists forget to do, TUNE! After going through this lessons,
I would suggest looking at these lessons, Tuning
With Harmonics, and Drop
There are several different methods that can be used to tune
the guitar. The following is the most basic, and should be the
first one that you try. With this method, you will be tuning the
guitar so that it will sound in tune with itself. This is called
relative tuning. That just means that your guitar will sound good
when you play, even though you might not be tuned exactly to pitch.
the 6th String
of the Guitar
Even though you could use the following tuning method without
first tuning your 6th string, we are going to tune the guitar
to standard pitch in this lesson. The 6th string is the thickest
string, and sounds the lowest. Try to hear if the 6th string on
your guitar sounds higher or lower than the note you are hearing
below. Then try match your guitar to the note you are hearing.
As you are listening to the 2 notes, try and hear the "crashing"
sound that comes from the notes being out of tune. The closer
you are to being in tune, the further away the notes will crash.
To raise the pitch of a string, turn the tuning pegs that
face up counter clockwise. If the tuning pegs face down then
turn clockwise. Reverse the direction to lower the pitch. Never
turn the tuning pegs unless the note is ringing. Otherwise,
you will have no idea how far to turn the tuning peg..