Tuning a Guitar by Ear

If you don’t have an electric tuner with you, you can still tune your guitar by ear. It is not difficult at all, watch the video and read on to find out how to tune your guitar to standard (EADGBE) tuning.

  1. Start out with the sixth (lowest and thickest) string. Tune it to E by finding an E online, on a piano, or a tuning key. This will be your relative pitch, and will aid in tuning all of the other strings.
  2. Put your finger behind the 5th fret of the 6th string. This step will give you the pitch of the 5th string, which is A. Tune the 5th string to match this note.
  3. Put your finger behind the 5th fret of the 5th string to get the pitch of the 4th string, which is D. Tune the 4th string to match this note.
  4. Put your finger behind the 5th fret of the 4th string to get the pitch of the 3rd string, which is G. Tune the 3rd string to match this note.
  5. Put your finger behind the 4th fret of the 3rd string to get the pitch of the 2nd string, which is B. Tune the 2nd string to match this note.
  6. Place your finger behind the 5th fret of the 2nd string to get the pitch of the 1st string, which is E. Tune the 1st string (on the bottom, thinnest string) to match this note.

Thats all there is to it, now go and tune your guitar.

Standard Guitar Tuning Video (EADGBE)

Standard tuning is by far the most well-known tuning on a 6-string guitar. Standard tuning has evolved to offer a great compromise between basic fingering for numerous chords and also the capability to play typical scales with minimal left hand movement.

This video is really a video guitar tuner. You’ll hear the tone of the strings tuned in standard tuning: EADGBE.