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.

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