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It makes good practice to begin with
the 6th string (i.e the thickest string) as this is usually the easiest
string to tune. There's every chance that it may actually be in tune
already as the 6th string doesn't tend to go out of tune as much as
the others (and when it does it's usually not too far out of pitch).
However, make sure you check EVERY string on your guitar using the free
online guitar tuner because just because your 6th string is in tune,
that doesn't mean that all the others will be in tune too!
In the free guitar tuner above you'll see the strings are displayed just as they are on your guitar. They are (from top to bottom on the picture):
These strings and the notes they are pitched to are known as the Standard Guitar Tuning Method and as the name suggests, is the tuning that 99% of gutarists in the world tune their guitar to. There are some other guitar tuning methods for very specialized types of guitars and guitar music, but as you are very unlikely to ever come across these alternative tuning methods, let's stick to the standard method of tuning for the purposes of this online guitar tuning tutorial.
It's important that you tune your guitar EVERY time you pick it up to play it, even if you only tuned it a few days before or a few hours before. The strings of a guitar are very sensitive even though guitars themselves are pretty robust instruments - slight changes in air temperature by moving it from one room to another is enough to knock the tuning out. Even if you leave your guitar in the same room for a few hours, it can still go out of tune as the temperature in the room changes, even when you don't feel any temparature change yourself. Bookmark this page though and you'll never need to worry.
If you're new to playing guitar it may take a bit of practice until you get the tuning exactly right but even newbie guitar players should be able to tune their guitar in a couple of minutes. Once you've got the hang of it though you will be able to tune your guitar using the free online guitar tuner in half a minute or less. Remeber that your ears are your greatest friend when it comes to tuning your guitar so listen carefully as you tune each string and don't move on to the next string until you're completely happy that the previous string is exactly in tune.
You will come across occasions when one
of the previous strings you tuned goes out of pitch by the time you
get to the last string! It's not uncommon for guitars to suffer from
this problem and, to be fair, it's usually not the guitars problem -
it's usually down to nothing more than just the air or atmosphere in
the room changing and/or your hands moving the guitar around as you
manipulate it to tune the other strings. Generally less expensive guitars
suffer more from this problem but don't think for one minute it's only
cheap guitars that can go out of tune. I have a VERY expensive Hofner
guitar and it likes to drift out of tune quite easily. It's just a fact
of the guitar players life unfortunately!
A piano WILL give you a correct note, but the timbre and tone of a piano player pressing a bottom E note is different enough from the timbre and tone of a guitar string to make it difficult to pitch properly.
Similarly, asking another guitarist to "give you an E" presents its own problems...for example, how do you know the guitar you're "getting the E" from is completely in tune?
Another thing you may often see professional
guitarists do is tune up from one single string. This can be quick and
effective, although it does take some practice and a fair bit of experience.
Do the same with the other strings (i.e
tune the 4th from the 5th, the 3rd from the 4th, the 2nd from the 3rd,
the 1st from the 2nd).
- When you've completed tuning this way, check
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