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The Proper Way To Tune Your Guitar

May 12, 2008
Whether you're learning to play the guitar on your own or with a professional, you will surely hear this suggestion: you need to tune your guitar. If you don't, then the sound that you're going to produce will be a total mess. You can't get any sound right, and everything will just remind you of the scratching sound of the chalk on the blackboard.

1. Better listen to the sound real carefully. Tuning is all about making sure that your guitar is on the right pitch. You will never be able to do it properly if you don't try to listen to the sound every time you tune down or up your guitar. It's very important that you can learn to practice how to listen music through your ears.

2. Obtain a reference pitch when you are tuning. A reference pitch can come from another musical instrument. You can also make use of an electronic tuner. However, it would be best that when you're tuning up or down your guitar, the musical instrument where the reference pitch will be coming from should also be the one that you're going to utilize together with your guitar.

3. Tune up, not tune down, your guitar. If you're going to make a choice between tuning up or tuning down your guitar, the best preference will always be to tune up. This means that you have to increase the string's tension. You should do so until the desired tone is achieved. However, if it becomes too tight, you may loosen it and just retune it. Tuning down usually causes wrong pitches for your guitar, and it could be a little more difficult for you to achieve the right tone.

4. Go for standard tuning. The very first thing that you need to accomplish is standard tuning. It means that the notes should be adjusted from low to high. These include, A, B, D, E, and G. You can make use of other tuning strategies, especially when it comes to notes. Nevertheless, if you're still practically new with tuning, it's always best to stick with standard tuning first.

5. Don't try to make any improvisations if you haven't mastered proper tuning. It's normal for guitarists to wish that they can actually go solo with their guitar playing. However, you shouldn't tread in this more difficult aspect unless you really know how to tune your guitar. This is because improvisations usually involve changing notes as well as pitches.
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E Walker is the founder of Planet of Rock Music Studios and contributes regularly to many guitar publications. Find out how Guitar Backing Tracks will improve your guitar playing skills. Sign up for our FREE Affiliate Programs and start making cash!
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