Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuning the guitar.

The most important thing for a guitarist is to tune the guitar. When your guitar is tuned, everything that you will play will sound right and melodious. In this tutorial, I will give you information about the most common method that is used to tune your guitar.

As we all aware, the guitar has the following strings:

E,B,G,D,A,E.

I will show it to you in the tab form:

E-------------------
B-------------------
G-------------------
D-------------------
A-------------------
E-------------------

It would be good if you can memorize these strings order. The reason I am telling you about this is because, we will be tuning our guitar in such a way that we hear the sound of E,B,G,D,A,E. This is called standard tuning. The question that will now arise is, How do we do this?

You will need a pitch pipe, keyboard or a piano to hear the E note for your lowest string. The most cost efficient way would be to buy a pitch pipe at your local music store.

The point is that you will have to play the E note with your mouth using the pitch pipe and and match the tone on the guitar's E string. You can do this by blowing the pitch pipe and at the same time alternate pick the E string with your right hand and tighten or loosen the tuning peg to get the desired E sound. When the note on the guitar and the tone on the pitch pipe sounds the same, you have tuned your lowest string.

You have to consider one thing when you try to do this for the first time, you may find this difficult. But the golden rule is not to give up because I feel tuning the guitar is one of an exercise to develop your ear skills.

Developing the ear to recognize different chords or sounds is one of the most important goal for a musician.

So we have tuned one string. We still need to tune the other five strings. You can use the pitch pipe to tune the other strings the way you did with your first string. You just have to blow the B note for the B string, G note for the G string etc.

The another method you can use is a popular one and I will be posting a video lesson soon, as it's difficult to describe it by writing about it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the lesson...The pitch pipe way to tune is perfect but if you have a guitar tuner...you can do it that way also:) I know that is to cheat and I agree with the article that learning to tune the guitar is develop your hearing skills!
Thanks for the lesson!

Free Guitar Lessons said...

I agree with what you say. Tuning guitar with a guitar tuner does give us the right note we are looking for. I would definitely recommend it for beginners.

When we have developed some guitar chops, I feel that is the right time when we can use a pitch pipe or even our own ears. Thanks for the comment.

Larissa said...

I read some where about the different strings of the guitar.I want to clarify whether they are correct or not...

* 1st string - "E" note or the "Mi (high)" sound
* 2nd String- "B" note or the "Ti" sound
* 3rd string - "G" note or the "Sol" sound
* 4th String - "D" note or the "Re" sound
* 5th String- "A" note or the "La" sound
* 6th string - "E" note or the "Mi (low)" sound

Anonymous said...

Larissa...what you have posted is correct...
* 1st string - "E" note or the "Mi (high)" sound
* 2nd String- "B" note or the "Ti" sound
* 3rd string - "G" note or the "Sol" sound
* 4th String - "D" note or the "Re" sound
* 5th String- "A" note or the "La" sound
* 6th string - "E" note or the "Mi (low)" sound

I love these lessons by freeaman....they are very easy to understand:)

Anonymous said...

I have been playing guitar since 1997....and at that time i was at a place which had no guitar tachers and no guidance...internet was just getting started....i wish i had read this article then as you explain it so nice and sweet....i had gone through years of frustration in order to play a perfectly tuned guitar...thanks freeaman for all your free guitar lessons man!