How to tune a guitar
You should check the tuning of your guitar each time you play and in any case many musicians
tend to loosen their strings after playing making retuning essential. The neck of a guitar is made of wood
therefore not completely rigid so you need to do several passes as you move through the strings because as you
tension up a string the neck may give little making the string you previously tuned relax slightly. New
strings will in any case take a while to settle in and you may have to frequently retune until they have
stretched. When strings become difficult to keep in tune it is usually when they have become flattened through
fretting and this is when you need to change them.
There are two basic methods in tuning a guitar; tuning with an external
reference source and tuning by ear
(that is tuning a guitar with itself). This article looks at tuning with an external reference
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How to tune a guitar with an electronic
An electronic tuner will monitor the frequency of the string as it is plucked.
It will then display how close you are to correct tuning with a pictorial digital display. A needle will display
each side of the target tuning point to indicate you are either too high (sharp) or too low (flat). Some
electronic tuners will allow you to plug in an electric guitar directly thus avoiding any interference from any
external noise. More expensive versions will allow for alternate tunings (see tuning a guitar) and are an
extremely efficient way of how to tune a guitar.
How to tune a guitar with a keyboard or
Pianos that are tuned by professional tuners tend to stay in tune for months or even years and
so are a good source to use. However, remember that a standard acoustic guitar is transposed one octave (see
tuning a guitar).
How to tune a guitar with an online guitar
A quick search of the internet will find several sites providing pure audio tones aligned with
the open strings of a guitar. Some of them will also provide alternate tunings, such as drop D. These are very
convenient as they are precise and pure tones but of course you will need an internet connected computer to
How to tune a guitar with tuning
There are several software packages that will assist you tuning your guitar many of which are
free on the internet. These will both provide an accurate sample pitch source to reference your strings against
but also analyse the pitch of your strings giving you a visual indication of accuracy in the same way as an
electronic tuner does. Some software will provide alternate tuning conventions. Although an internet connection
is not required a computer is. However, the software packages do not need high powered computers and can be
installed on a laptop or notepad computer making them highly portable.
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