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How To Tune A Guitar

FavoriteLoadingBookmark this Lesson. This lesson focuses on learning how to tune your guitar.

The method shown here is very basic and should be reasonably easy for any guitarist to accomplish. It basically relies on your ability to match one pitch against another.

We start by making sure that the 6th string on the guitar is in tune by comparing it to the mp3 recording of an in tune 6th string. After you have your 6th string matched to that pitch you are ready to tune the rest of the guitar by using the method shown in the video.

Click on this link to to hear the 6th string reference pitch.

6th String Low E Reference Pitch mp3

Take your time when trying to match the pitches, your ears will become more sensitive to the accuracy of the tuning the more you do it.

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How To Tune A Guitar By Ear


  1. Kanishk Dudeja on November 1, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Hey..i have been playing the guitar for 1 year now..but im still not able to tune it..when i play the 5th fret of say, 6th string and open 5th not able to find out which one is high or which one is low ? im not tone deaf.. im able to make out different pitches provided they are on d same string..but im not able to make out the difference between 2 pitches on different strings ? please help me out.

  2. Rajat Shanbhag on April 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    i have a similar problem.

  3. Gentian Berbati on January 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Guys you should probably change your strings … every 6 months

  4. Basel Khalil on July 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Very helpful and basic 🙂

  5. Basel Khalil on July 2, 2014 at 10:48 am


  6. anonymous anonymous on December 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Nice and effective way to tune your guitar when you dont are able to use an electric tuner. Thanks

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