In this lesson I will show you how to tune your guitar by ear. This will help develop your ability to hear correct pitch, which is an important aspect of musicianship. You will also learn how to use a digital tuner.
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- Press down and strike the A on the sixth string at the fifth fret.
- Next, strike the open A on the fifth string.
- Slowly adjust the fifth string until it matches the sound of the fretted A on the sixth string.
- Now move to the fifth sting and again press down at the fifth fret. This is D and should sound the same as the open D on the fourth string. Compare and adjust as needed.
- Move to the fourth string, press down G at the fifth fret. Follow the same procedure and compare with the open G on the third string.
- When you arrive at the third string you must move to the FOURTH FRET. This is B (third string, fourth fret). Press down and compare with the open B on the second string.
- Move back to the FIFTH FRET on the second string. You are now playing an E. Compare this tone with the open E on the first string.
It should sound like you’re hearing the same tone even though you’re hitting two different strings.
If the tones don’t blend you will have to adjust the string by either raising or lowering the pitch with the tuning key at the head of the guitar. It’s always safer to begin by LOWERING the pitch first so that you don’t accidentally break a string! Then you can gradually raise it if necessary.
- To become familiar with tuning the guitar using the methods given in this lesson.
Use the ear tuning method to help develop your ability to hear the correct pitch of each tone. If you have an electronic or digital tuner, you can use that to check how accurate you are when you’ve finished.
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