Guitar Tuning

Tuning the guitar can be done in several ways. I recommend getting an electronic tuner to ensure you are tuned to the proper pitch. Whether or not you have a tuner, you should know at least one method of tuning your guitar from a reference pitch.

1.FIFTH FRET METHOD

Fret the fifth fret of the sixth string, the Low E String (pictured). Play the fifth and sixth string. Match the pitch of the fifth string to the pitch of the sixth string.

Listen for a beating or pulsating between the two strings. The faster the beating, the more out of tune it is.

Adjust the A string until there is virtually no beating.

Hold the fifth fret of the fifth string, A string. Play the fourth and fifth string. Match the pitch of the fourth string to the pitch of the fifth string.

Hold the fifth fret of the fourth string, A string. Play the third and fourth string. Match the pitch of the third string to the pitch of the fourth string.

Hold the fourth fret of the third string, A string. Play the second and third string. Match the pitch of the second string to the pitch of the third string.

Hold the fifth fret of the second string, A string. Play the first and second string. Match the pitch of the first string to the pitch of the second string.

Without a properly tuned string, the fifth fret method will not work.  To help you get the proper pitches, I’ve included audio for all the strings.

 

String Number Audio
1 High E
2 B
3 G
4 D
5 A
6 Low E
7
(if applicable)
Low B

You can use a piano, flute, tuning fork, pitch pipe as your reference to ensure a proper tuning.