How To Tune a Guitar Like a Pro

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  2. How to Tune a Guitar
  3. Use a Digital Tuner
  4. Use an App
  5. Use a Headstock Tuner
  6. Use an Online Tuner
  7. Use the Guitar Itself
  8. Use Harmonics
  9. Which Method Should You Use to Tune a Guitar?
  10. Wrap Up

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How to Tune a Guitar

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Use a Digital Tuner

{"blocks":[{"key":"46gvp","text":"This is the easiest and quickest way to tune your guitar. Digital tuners are battery-powered devices with built-in microphones to pick up the notes of your guitar. Because a digital tuner is a small device, you can easily carry it around, so you can tune your guitar when you’re in class or while practicing before a gig. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":322,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":322,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":322,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":322,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3v52q","text":"With an acoustic guitar, you turn on the tuner and play an open E string, and the device will emit lights or sounds when you play the correct tune. It might even have a pointer to let you fine-tune your notes. Keep on adjusting the string until all the notes are in tune, then follow the same steps with the other strings. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":323,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":323,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":323,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":323,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7cm4","text":"If you have an electric guitar, you can plug a cord into the digital tuner to check the notes. You don’t need to use the microphone to find the error. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":151,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Use an App

{"blocks":[{"key":"7jcm0","text":"If using the tuner seems a bit challenging, you can use an app to help you. There are several apps available, and your smartphone will make the process easier. An app will be the best option to use when you can’t find a digital tuner or can’t use one properly. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"deqkf","text":"All you have to do is play your notes, and the smartphone’s built-in microphone will pick them up and analyze them. Play any string and pay attention to the app, and it will show you when the note is in tune. When you fix one string, move onto another. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Use a Headstock Tuner

{"blocks":[{"key":"188h","text":"Use a headstock tuner to adjust the notes by clamping it directly onto the guitar’s headstock. The good thing about this method is that you can keep the headstock tuner in place while playing the guitar to detect any mistakes. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":227,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":227,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":227,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":227,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bb58k","text":"Instead of picking the notes using a microphone, the tuner will detect the vibrations that run through the wood. As you play each string, the tuner will let you know when a note isn’t in tune.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":192,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Use an Online Tuner

{"blocks":[{"key":"c4i9","text":"If you have access to the internet, you can easily find an online tuner to adjust the notes. There are lots of sites that offer online tuners, and you can easily choose the string you want to change. As you listen to the tone of each note, you will be able to detect how it sounds. After that, you can play the guitar until each note sounds the way it does on the website. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":373,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":373,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":373,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":373,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ccuvg","text":"The good thing about this method is that it’s accessible when you don’t have access to a smartphone or a tuner. It also helps you improve your guitar playing skills.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":165,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Use the Guitar Itself

{"blocks":[{"key":"c5r9v","text":"If you can master the art of playing two notes at the same pitch, you will be able to tune the notes. Play multiple notes of the same pitch, and try to match the notes together. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":178,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":178,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":178,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":178,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7epse","text":"A guitar is different from other musical instruments because most of them can only play each pitch in a single way. If the notes are not tuned to the same pitch, you will hear the sound of a beating, which means that you need to adjust the notes one more time. Just adjust the strings down or up until the beating disappears and the notes are in tune.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":351,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":351,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":351,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":351,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Use Harmonics

{"blocks":[{"key":"ba1fj","text":"If you want to tune the guitar quietly, this method will work for you. When you touch the guitar strings lightly, you will produce guitar harmonics, which are basically high-pitched notes. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":189,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":189,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":189,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":189,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"f85su","text":"You can improve your guitar playing skills and tune the notes at the same time. All you have to do is play harmonics on different strings, so you can learn how to tune the guitar. The harmonics will ring out, and you will be able to adjust the string as you play them. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":269,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":269,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":269,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":269,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"dm38u","text":"You can start by assuming that the sixth string is in tune and play the harmonics above the fifth and seventh frets. Adjusting the fifth string if the notes aren’t in tune, and repeat with the other frets to target other strings. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":230,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":230,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":230,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":230,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Which Method Should You Use to Tune a Guitar?

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Wrap Up

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