“No matter how well you play, if your guitar isn’t in tune you’re never going to sound great.”
- David Aldridge
One of the most challenging things for beginner guitarists is knowing how to tune their guitar. How do you know if the guitar is fully in tune and sounding correct? And how often should I tune it? Let's answer these questions below.
How do you know if your guitar is in tune?
I recommend for beginner guitarists to have a clip on tuner that can be purchased from Amazon. These tuners clip onto the head of the guitar and displays the letters and string numbers in a clear visual way, making it easy for you to see if the string is in tune.
Correct String Letter for Tuning
How To Tune
You'll need to pluck the string. If the dial goes below the centre of the tuner, this means the string is 'flat' or ‘too low’ in pitch. To fix this: you’ll need to turn the tuning peg so the string ‘tightens’ until the dial goes to the centre and then usually changes colour (green), indicating the string is now in tune.
If the note is 'sharp' or ‘too high’ the dial will be above the center of the tuner. To fix this: you reverse and loosen the string until the dial goes to the middle again.
I usually tune from the 6th string to the 1st string as a rule.
How Often Should I Tune?
I recommend tuning your guitar every time you play! Building up your tuning skillset with practice will eventually help you do this process super quickly! Over time you’ll get to know what each string sounds like and rely less on a tuning devices and more on listening. Practice makes perfect.
To learn more about tuning, check out My Online Course:
In it, I have a 7 minute lesson on guitar tuning. In the whole course, I take you through all the necessary steps needed to get you playing 10 famous songs in a clear, easy to follow way! This course will save you hours trawling through Youtube trying to find the correct videos to follow and wonder if you're playing them correctly!