Standard Guitar Tuning
Learning to do standard guitar tuning is fairly simple if you have the right tools. Electronic tuners have made the process much simpler so anyone and everyone can learn to tune a guitar. Playing the guitar is a great hobby or profession and truly is a lot of fun. However, you need to know how to tune your guitar so it sounds the way you want it. An untuned guitar will not sound very good no matter who is playing it. Standard guitar tuning means that the guitar will be tuned to the most common notes. The top and thickest string will be tuned to E. The second string right below the top string will be tuned to A. These will be followed by D, G, B, E in that order so that the top and bottom string play the same not in different octaves.
What you will need:
- Tuner and possibly an amp cord
- Computer with internet access
- Practice and patience
- Tuners You can use battery powered or electronic tuners to do standard guitar tuning. If you have a guitar that can be plugged into an amp, you can can also plug it into the input slot of the tuner. This will allow for more accurate tuning. However, you can tune without the guitar without plugging it in. Play each string separately and see what the tuner reads. Adjust the strings until they match what the tuner says. Once you have done this with each of your guitar strings, it will be in tune.
- Computer If you have a computer with internet access, you can also use this method to tune your guitar. Type in "standard guitar tuning" into any search engine and you will find a tuner. As long as your computer has sound, you will be able to tune your guitar. This type of tuning requires you to use your ears and match the guitar sound to the computer's note or tone. It takes a little more time and is more difficult than using an electronic tuner.
- By ear If you have played other instruments or have a good ear for music, you may be able to tune a guitar by ear. You can play the first E on the piano or on a keyboard if you need some kind of starting point and you may be able to tune the other strings from there. This is by far the most difficult method of tuning a guitar and will take lots of practice.
- Ask a teacher If you take guitar lessons and are having trouble tuning your guitar, you can ask your guitar teacher to show you how to do it. He or she will be happy to give you step-by-step instructions on how to tune a guitar effectively. This is one of the easiest ways to learn how to tune a guitar in standard tuning if you are having difficulties learning the other methods.