How To Tune a Guitar
Simply put, if your guitar isn’t tuned properly, you’ll find it hard to play correctly and your playing will sound off. Learning how to tune a guitar the right way is crucial when you pick up the guitar and start playing for the very first time. When you’re first starting to play, you’ll typically be using the standard tuning (E A D G B E) on a six-string guitar.
Standard tuning (E A D G B E)
From the lowest (thickest) string to the highest (thinnest) string, the notes are laid out as follows:
• Sixth string: E
• Fifth string: A
• Fourth string: D
• Third string: G
• Second string: B
• First string: E
For each string to have the right pitch, it has to have the right amount of tension on it. You can adjust this by using the tuners (also known as tuning pegs) that are on the headstock of your guitar. The same kind of mechanism can be found in many other stringed instruments too. It’s pretty easy to see (and hear) how they work. Pluck a string and then turn its tuner in both directions. You’ll hear the pitch get higher as more tension is applied, and get lower as tension is removed and the strings are loosened up.
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