Tuning Your Guitar

Tuning your guitar is critical. Your guitar should always be played in tune. This is an important part of your "ear-training" which is the learning of how to recognize proper notes or intervals between one note to the next.

In addition to tuning using a keyboard. Once you have, at least, one string tuned to correct pitch you can use the Tune at the 5th Fret tuning system.

Also, you can also use harmonics and tune at the 5th and 7th fret. More about this during class.

You can purchase many different types of electronic tuners. Chromatic tuners are my favorite as they show ALL notes. Guitar tuners, generally, just show the STANDARD guitar tuning notes.

Tuning is a skill you will develop over time but it is important you learn how to tune. If you spend a lot of time tuning, don't sweat it. Tuning takes some time to get your ear adjusted to hearing the different pitches and intervals.

If your guitar tuning gears are installed properly and your guitar strings are wound the correct direction on the posts, you will turn your tuning knobs counter-clockwise to tighten (go up in pitch) and clock-wise to go down in pitch, or lossen the strings. With all tuners on the top (six in a row) you just remember away from you to tighten and towards you to loosen. For tuners three on each side of the guitar head, you turn the bottom tuners towards you to tighten and away from you to loosen.

Tuning at the 5th (4th) frets. If you slide up to the 5th fret off from the 6th, 5th & 4th strings you will see that the next note for the next lower string is the same. Tune the 6th string and then fret the 6th string at the 5th fret. Doing this will give you an A note, your note for the 5th string. This works until you get to 3rd string where you fret on the fourth fret as the note for the 2nd string is a B.


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