How To Tune A Guitar The Most Precise Way
December 8, 2018
Jessica Edwards in DIY, Guitars, gear, guitars, musical gear

Tuning up a guitar is one of the most basic skills that many guitarists learn. If you start playing when your guitar is out of tune, you might not enjoy the notes. You need to know how to tune a guitar the right way so that you can get the best sound every time you play.

Tuning a guitar is simple and there are different methods that you can use. This guide will help you know how to tune an acoustic guitar. If you learn these methods, then you will have no problems tuning your guitar the right way.

Using Guitar Tuners

This is one of the easiest ways in which you can tune your guitar. Using guitar tuners is simple and very accurate. You can find many affordable guitar tuners and it is perfect when you are playing professionally and accuracy is important. If you have issues with noise, you can use plug-in tuners. The only downside of using guitar tuners is that they require a quiet environment and you also need a direct connection to your guitar pickup system.

Using a piano

This is another method that you can use to tune your guitar. If you are playing in a group, it is great to tune your guitar with other instruments. The main benefit of tuning your guitar with other instruments is that tuning to a piano can be fast since accuracy is not a priority. Tuning with other instruments can be a challenge if you don’t have a good ear. It is best to do that if you can hear accurately.

Using a pitch pipe/ tuning fork

This means that you are tuning your guitar to another instrument without compromising the accuracy of the tuner. You can use pitch pipe at home because it is a quiet area and there are no many people to play to. Using a pitch pipe is important because it helps you develop your ear especially if you are using it with an electronic tuner.

Using guitar harmonics

For those who love playing acoustic guitars, one of the best methods that you can use to tune the guitar is using harmonics but the method also works well for electric guitars. For those who are not familiar, a harmonic note is made when you lightly touch the string at the right fret and then pull it away when plucked. This helps you to come up with harmonics on the 5th and 7th frets. You need to do this in a quiet environment and for those people who have never used harmonics, you can find the method challenging.

Tuning your guitar on 5th fret

If you just want some standard tuning, you can tune your guitar on the 5th fret. This method is great where an accuracy to A440 is not required for instance when you are at home playing alone. The main benefit of 5th fret tuning is that you can do it anytime anywhere. However, it requires you to have an accurate ear and the environment should be silent to get accurate tuning.

How often should you tune your guitar?

This is a common question that many guitarists ask. Guitars are sensitive and the wood in your guitar can expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. Even when you are playing, you can find that your guitar gets out of tune. Because of the sensitivity of the guitar, it is important to tune your guitar every time before you start to practice. Even professional musicians take their time to tune the guitar when they are performing to get quality sound output.

If you would like your guitar to stay in tune longer, make sure that you change the strings regularly.  Again, it depends on how much you use your guitar to play. If you are not playing, make sure that you store your guitar in a cool and dry place to avoid humidity and heat.

Final Words

Tuning your guitar is important because it helps you get the best sound output. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced guitarist, you can use any of the above methods to tune your guitars. You can try each of these methods so that you can find the right one for you.

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