How To Tune A Guitar

by Bogdan Radovic

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this lesson I'll show you how to tune a guitar. Guitar strings need to be tuned in a specific way to produce certain notes in order for you to be able to play anything on the instrument. Believe it or not, but when I was having my first contact with the guitar, since I didn't have anyone to tell me different - I just assumed that I should tune each string the way I like it :) This meant that when I was playing chords, they sounded like crap and I didn't know what was the issue until later on I got a chance to play same chords (shapes) on my friend's guitar which was in tune.

    To make it easier, in this lesson I'll be showing you how to tune your guitar with the help of a guitar tuner device. This can be a hardware unit that you buy in the music store or a virtual (software) tuner for your computer or phone. In any case, the tuner is a device which you must have. I use the tuner in my pedalboard more than any other piece of gear.

    Always check the tuning of your guitar before you play it as you don't want to get used to practicing and playing a guitar which is not perfectly tuned since this might affect your "music ear" and produce problems later on.

    Lesson content:

    Video part 1: intro to standard guitar tuning
    Video part 2: how guitar tuners work
    Video part 3: tuning process
    Video part 4: additional tips and tricks

    I'm here to help you get your guitars in tune so please feel free to post your questions in the lesson feedback section or just send them to me via email : [email protected]

    Time to tune that guitar!
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