How To Tune A Guitar

HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR FOR BEGINNERS – PART III

Welcome to the third lesson in our free online guitar lesson series. If you missed the previous lessons, you can head back. Otherwise, take a comfortable seat and let me show you how to tune a guitar.

Lesson #3: Tuning a Guitar

Notes for Tuning Guitar

You can easily remember your string names – EADGBE – with this little ditty:

Eddie
Ate
Dynamite
Good
Bye
Eddie!

The guitar strings are named from the 6th string (the thickest) down to the 1st string (the thinnest.)

Guitar tuners have colours, dots or lines that run from left to right, indicating when the note is too low (flat), too high (sharp) or perfectly tuned – in which case the marker will appear dead centre and, depending on tuner, may light up green. 

You can download a free tuning app for your phone (such as GuitarTuna available for iphone or android) or clip-on guitar tuner like the ones pictured below. These ones happen to be Snark brand, which work really well, but you can also get a no-name brand clip on tuner for a few dollars on ebay or the likes.

Tuning with clip-on guitar tuner

You can see in this image that the demonstrated note is too high (sharp) shown on this tuner in yellow.

guitar tuner clip on

In this image, the clip-on tuner is showing a perfectly tuned G note. Adjust the tuning pegs until each string is perfectly in tune.

Remember, we want our guitars tuned as follows:

E – 6th string (thickest)

A – 5th string

D – 4th string

G – 3rd string

B – 2nd string

E – 1st string (thinnest)

You're flying through!

Go you good thing! Nothing’s gonna stop you now.

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Let’s head on over to the next lesson and teach you how to hold a guitar pick