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Tuning the rest of
the guitar strings

Once you have your 6th string in tune, you are going to tune the rest of the strings from there.

Play the note on the 6th string, 5th fret. Listen to the note, then try and tune the 5th string until it matches that pitch (A).

Watch this video of tuning the 5th string.

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If you use your left hand to tune the string, you will have to remember what the note you are aiming for sounds like. This is difficult for many beginning guitar player, so here is an option that may help. Use your right hand to tune, therefore you will be hearing both notes at the same time as you are tuning. This will let you here the "crashing" of the two notes together. As you get closer to being in tune the crashing will get further away, until it stops and you are in tune.

Watch this video of tuning the 5th string using your right hand.

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Use the same method to tune the rest of the strings. The only string that is different is the 3rd string. On the 3rd string you are going to play the 4th fret instead of the 5th to tune the 2nd string open.


Play the note on the 5th string, 5th fret. This should be the same note as the 4th string open (D).

Play the note on the 4th string, 5th fret. This should be the same note as the 3rd string open (G).

Play the note on the 3rd string, 4th fret. This should be the same note as the 2nd string open (B).

Play the note on the 2nd string, 5th fret. This should be the same note as the 1st string open (E).

Tablature of the basic relative tuning method

Tablature of the basic relative tuning method

 

Basic relative tuning in chord chart format

basic relative tuning graphic

This video shows going through the whole process of matching the pitches on each set of strings.

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back guitar pick Page 1, Tuning the 6th string of the guitar

Page 3, Tuning a guitar with a piano forward guitar pick



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