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The Best Way To Tune A Guitar

Updated on August 13, 2016

Guitar Tuning

Tuning a guitar is the first thing we need to do before performing or just playing for a few friends. if you are playing using written music the next thing is to look at the key you are playing in for your song. Look in the key signature and check for sharps or flats. Know what you are doing before you play.

The best method I believe is the clip on tuner. It is just so much easier to use and it is the quickest method to use. It is inexpensive and requires nothing more than looking for the green light. I am a fan of clip on tuners. I also believe everyone should learn how to tune string to string. This helps develop good ear training. There is also another reason why string to string is important for you to know. The battery may go dead on your clip-on tuner, then you need to know something else. This stuff really does happen. String to string is so easy for you to learn anyone can do this method.

Start with the 6th string closes to you the fat one and put your finger on the E string at the 5th fret. Take your pick and pluck the string and it should match the A 5th string. Repeat this method till you get to the 3rd string, hold the string down at the 4th fret and match the pitch to the 2nd B string. When you have the B string in tune go to the 5th fret again and match the pitch for the 1st E string, remember the 1st E string is closest to the floor, and the thinnest string. When changing guitar string this is a good method to learn, and it gives valuable ear training. Don't be afraid to try it it's simple once you do it a few times.

As I said in my little video, I prefer not to use a tuning fork as it is too hard to hear and no good in a dark situation or loud one. It is not hard, I will tell you how to use this method.The 2nd E strings will have their vocal point at the 5th fret. The D string is at the 7th fret, and the B string is at the 10th fret, the A string vocal point is at the 12 fret, and the 3rd G string is at the 14 fret.

Hit the tuning fork on the bottom heel of your shoe Just strike the tines the ball end goes on the string. Slide the vibrating fork on the string. Adjust the string to the the vocal point pitch.You will tighten if the vocal point is between the bridge end and tuning fret. The string is loosened if the vocal point is between the tuning fret and the Net End. The nut is toward the top by the head stock.

__Things To Remember__

1 Make sure guitar is in tune

2. check the strap

3, make sure you have a pick

Guitar Easy Tuning

The Pitch Pipe is another way to tune your guitar and yes it really does work. The problem with it is kids don't like to use them. What they like to do is play them. Today's kids want instant results. All the kids I have taught have clip on tuners they are fast like the computer.Little kids like to fill the Pitch Pipe up with spit and its no good. If that's what came with your guitar use it, just know there are easier ways. The cheap guitar packagers are notorious for giving the Pitch Pipe as a extra item.

The box tuner that uses a 9 volt battery is a good way to tune and accurate. It is harder to tune if in a noisy environment. I still prefer the clip on tuner.

Guitar tuning

This is still put in a lot of the guitar packages. It works but I prefer a more modern method. There are several easier ways to tune.
This is still put in a lot of the guitar packages. It works but I prefer a more modern method. There are several easier ways to tune. | Source
This can be used but I find too hard to hear.
This can be used but I find too hard to hear. | Source
These came out during the 90's and are very good tuners and very accurate. This is a Sabine zip - 1000. The tuner can be used for , acoustic, electric, steel string and nylon string instruments. The tuner requires one 9V battery.
These came out during the 90's and are very good tuners and very accurate. This is a Sabine zip - 1000. The tuner can be used for , acoustic, electric, steel string and nylon string instruments. The tuner requires one 9V battery. | Source
Start with the 6 string and put your finger at the 5th fret and pick the 6th string to the 5th A string and when it sounds in unison it is in tune.
Start with the 6 string and put your finger at the 5th fret and pick the 6th string to the 5th A string and when it sounds in unison it is in tune. | Source
In my opinion this is the fastest easiest way to tune,
In my opinion this is the fastest easiest way to tune, | Source

Guitar Tuning Questions

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5 Tuning Methods.


The best quickest and east way to tune 1. Clip On Tuner


A good way to tune in an emergency. 2.String To String


My least favorite way hard to tune. 3. Tuning Fork


Battery box does a good job. 4. Battery Box Tuner

The 6 tube 5. Pitch Pipe


Check out the photos of each type of tuning.


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  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Marlene, Try the string to string tuning it is helpful in developing the ear. You never know when you forgot your tuner, you still can tune the guitar.

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    2 years ago from USA

    I am teaching myself to play guitar, so I read everything I can about it. I have the clip-on tuner. I really like it a lot. Your tip about the battery is one to be noted. So, now just to be on the safe side I think I'll try your string to string method of tuning the guitar.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    ecogranny, everything is simple today. The clip- on is the best and is great if there is noise. You will not be disappointed.

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    Kathryn Grace 

    2 years ago from San Francisco

    I was taught to tune string to string, using a tuning fork, but I don't always trust my ear. We have a battery-powered tuner that works quite well. May have purchased it in the 80s or 90s--a long time ago!

    I'm keen to learn more about that clip-on tuner. My video stream is too slow today, so I'll look it up and see what I can find out. Thanks for telling us about it!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Thank you.Playing the guitar is a great way to relax.

  • Craig McCallaway profile image

    Craig McCallaway 

    3 years ago

    Great video! I agree that the clip on tuner is the easiest way to tune your guitar.

    Your hubs make me want to pick up my guitar again and re-learn how to play. Keep them coming!

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    Sam Deal 

    3 years ago from Earth

    Thanks for this article. Box tuner all the way.

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    Michelle Liew 

    3 years ago from Singapore

    Wonderful!! Really useful stuff here. Will give this a push.

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