Tuning a Guitar For Beginners

by IanM on September 23, 2010

The standard tuning for each string of the guitar, starting with the thinnest string (otherwise known as the first string) is E B G D A E.

Guitars are normally tuned from the thickest string (otherwise known as the 6th string) to the thinnest string.

Position of 1st and 6th string

The easiest method to tune your guitar is to just use an electronic guitar tuner available for purchase from any guitar shop OR to use a free app like Guitar Tuna (available on both android and apple devices).

Electronic guitar tuner – easiest way to tune your guitar

If however one is not available, you can tune your guitar by referencing the 6th string on your guitar.

In order to do this though, you first need to tune the 6th string to the E note.

Tune the 6th string to E

To do this, you need a reference note. This can be from any instrument that can play a clear E note.

Once you have tuned the 6th string to E, press the 5th fret on the 6th string to get the note for the 5th string.

Tune remaining strings using the 6th string as the reference

This applies for all strings except for the 2nd string. To get the note for the 2nd string, you need to press the 4th fret of the 3rd string.

Once you’ve finished tuning your guitar, play a chord to check that it has been tuned properly. If it sounds weird, check the strings again by following the above procedure or use the guitar tuning reference videos for each string below.

Play each video and try to tune each string on your guitar, attempting to match the sound of the specific string in each video.

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