View Full Version : What's the best method to tune a guitar!

10-20-2002, 09:33 PM
please help me on this one, i have no clue.

10-20-2002, 09:35 PM
oh and i thought i would mention i play acoustic

10-20-2002, 10:01 PM
Ok, lemme see if I can get that across ...

Your guitar has 6 strings. The 3 thick strings closer to your face are considered the bass notes of the guitar (they are thicker than the top 3 strings). The thickest string, played without fretting any notes with your left hand, is also the lowest note on the guitar, which is the note E.

Just pluck this string with your thumb (or any other finger) for now.

It should sound like this:

Low E string (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/tuner/E.mid)

Try to use the tuners on the guitar until the pitch is identical.

Now, the next string (floor direction) is the note A (again, open string so nothing to fret with your left hand).

A - string (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/tuner/A.mid)

Next one is D - string (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/tuner/D.mid)

Then the top three strings:

g - string (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/tuner/g.mid)

b - string (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/tuner/b.mid)

and the top string is another e (just higer than the bottom one)

e - string (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/posts/tuner/e2.mid)

Try to tune all the strings to these sound samples.

How's it going???


10-21-2002, 07:14 PM
I will practise that tonight, this is the best site, everyone is so helpful especially you guni, thanks.

Jack The Riffer
10-22-2002, 02:17 PM
I bought a $20 Chromatic Tuner....It works fine for me:D

10-22-2002, 02:40 PM
hehe, yeah :D. Good advice although it is really important to learn on how to tune your guitar. There will be situations where there's no tuner around. Also, it's a first eartraining exercise.

Ok, you also won't have the above sound files with you all the time. But if tuning to them is no problem we can go further and discuss all the different tuning techniques that are out there..... Let's see how AngryBot is getting along with the above.



10-30-2002, 09:44 AM
yeah i tune my b string with a tuner

and then i use harmonics,,

u rekon dats a good idea?
cuz wid electric wen its plugged in its full easy 2 tune n it gets perfect if u use like a high gain

ey guni

wat u rekon of 7 strgins

11-16-2002, 03:48 AM
Hey Guni! Ricos Back!!!

just wanted to tel angry bot can't u u also tune r guitar without a tuner or sounds from the internet? All you have to do is make the 6th [ the thickest string] in tune from a piano or seomthing and u go down on the fifth fret and hold down the 6 th string and it should sound the same as the 5th string open! then keep gong hold down the 5 string and ceck the next string and it should sound the same open u just do this until u get to the 3rd sting and u got to the fourth and do the same thing. and then go back to the fifth fret on the 2nd string! that s how i learned and iit works great! c ya!

Rico Swauve

11-16-2002, 09:48 AM
Hi Rico,

This is how I learned it at first too and it's a good way to get started.

Problem with this method is that say if you are 5% off with every string you will be off around 25% when ya get to the top string.

Therefore it's better to tune from one single reference note. Tuning with harmonics also is more accurate.