How To Tune The Guitar By Ear

Learn How To Tune The Guitar By Ear!

Learning how to tune the guitar without a tuner can be frustrating for beginner guitar players but this lesson gives you all of the tools that you need in order to get good at tuning the guitar by ear. Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t great at tuning the guitar by ear right away. It takes a lot of practice for most people.

Start off by playing the low E string on the 5th fret. This is an A note. The next string over, the 5th string, is an open A. Since the note on the 5th fret of the low E string is the same note as the open A string, you can use it as a reference note to tune the open A string. Play both notes at the same time and see if you can tell if the open A string needs to be tuned up or down. Try to match the open A string to the 5th fret of the low E string by adjusting the A string’s tuning key up or down. This may be difficult and frustrating at first but the more that you practice this the better your ear will get.

Once your A string is in tune, switch to the 5th fret of the A string and play that note along with the open D, or 4th, string. Use the pitch of the 5th fret of the A string as a reference note to adjust the open D string. Repeat the same process with the 5th fret of the D string and the open G string. When you get to the next pair of strings the tuning method changes a bit. Instead of fretting the G on the 5th fret you need to use the 4th fret. Play the 4th fret of the G string and tune your open B string to that note. For the last string play the 5th fret of the B string and tune the open high E string to that note.

Having a guitar that is in tune is important so that you can sound your best all of the time. Give yourself some time to get this down and let your ears develop. Practice tuning often and you will get better at it. This link will take you to the next beginner guitar lesson in the series.

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