How To Tune An Acoustic Guitar Without A Tuner

Playing your acoustic guitar is a lot of fun and you'd love to know how to tune an acoustic guitar without a tuner. Tuning your acoustic guitar may seem like a difficult accomplishment, but it is actually easy to do. Before electronic tuners were invented, everyone tuned their acoustic guitars by ear or by listening to the notes on a tuning fork or a piano. Although it is recommended that you purchase an inexpensive and easy to use hand held electronic guitar string tuner to get the exact pitch for your strings, tuning your guitar by yourself isn't difficult to do. Here are some easy steps you can follow to help tune your acoustic guitar by yourself.

  1. Purchasing a new set of guitar strings will give you the best results when tuning your guitar. New guitar strings will provide your guitar with its greatest sound when playing music. Purchasing a new set of strings is only a suggestion; you can also tune your existing strings if you'd like.
  2. Your guitar strings are the heart and soul of your guitar. Without your guitar strings you would pretty much be left with tapping on your guitar like a drum instead of enjoying the beautiful music your acoustic guitar provides. The newer the guitar strings, the richer the tone and the better your overall music experience will be.
  3. Start by tuning your sixth (E) thickest guitar string by using a tuning fork or matching your thickest guitar string's tone to another already tuned guitar. If none of these are available, you can tune your thickest string, the sixth (E) string, by your own personal preference. Just start out by tuning it to the sound that will be easiest for you to sing along with.
  4. Lay your guitar face up on your lap. By tightening or loosing your tuning knob key at the top of your acoustic guitar, get your sixth (E) string to sound how you would like it to sound. If you aren't going to play along another guitar and you won't be playing music along with the radio or stereo, your acoustic guitar doesn't have to match everyone else's sound. Don't over tighten the sixth string when starting to tune your acoustic guitar since this is the lowest sounding string of the six strings.
  5. Place the index finger of your left hand on the fifth fret of the sixth string. Pick the fifth (A) string and tighten or loosen the tuning knob key so the fifth string's tone sounds exactly like the sixth string. When the fifth string sounds like the sixth string, the fifth string will now be in tune with the sixth string.
  6. Next, put your index finger on the fifth fret of the fifth string and pick the fourth (D) string. Tune the fourth string to match the tone of the fifth string.
  7. Placing your finger on the fifth fret of the fourth string and tightening or loosing the third (G) string to match the sound of the fourth string will get the third string in tune.
  8. Place your finger on the fourth fret of the third string and adjust the sound of the second (B) string to match the sound of the third string. Notice that you put your index finger on the fourth fret of the third string this time and not on the fifth fret like the other strings.
  9. Place your index finger on the fifth fret of the second string and tune your first (E) string to match the sound of your second string.
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