How To Tune A Guitar By Ear For Beginners

I remember very well when I just started playing, I just couldn’t figure out how to tune a guitar by ear without a tuner. I broke many strings in my early days, because for some reason beginners tend to “over tune”. And just to be clear, there is no such thing as a bullet proof method to master this task. As with everything else involved playing an instrument, it will take time until your ears get trained. So give yourself enough time and you will get there.

How To Tune A Guitar By Ear Without A Tuner

Alright, to make things a little easier for you, I put a video together that will explain everything step by step. I suggest you enlarge it to full screen mode after you started it.

Okay, I hope the video will help you to learn how to tune your guitar properly. Essentially, just keep the following things in mind:

  1. Tune your low E-String; even if it’s not a 100% accurate, it will not matter because with this approach all other string will align with the low E-String, so everything will sound okay once your done.
  2. Go to the 5th fret of your low E-String and hit it – this will give you an A, which is what you need to tune your A-String up to.
  3. Go to the 5th fret of your A-String and hit it – this will give you an D, which is what you need to tune your D-String up to.
  4. Go to the 5th fret of your D-String and hit it – this will give you an G, which is what you need to tune your G-String up to.
  5. Go to the 4th fret of your G-String and hit it – this will give you an B, which is what you need to tune your B-String up to.
  6. Go to the 5th fret of your B-String and hit it – this will give you a high E, which is what you need to tune your high E-String up to.

Here is a last tip: if you ever get confused while tuning a string and don’t know whether you tuned it too high or too low, bring it all the way down. And then start slowly tuning it up again.

And I do strongly recommend that you get yourself a tuner. They are very inexpensive and definitely worth the investment. Further to that, they will save you a lot of time and frustration, especially when you just started playing the guitar. Here are a number of decent guitar tuners that I found on amazon – all of which are under $25.

Godspeed.

Published date: December 27th, 2015 by Ulrich Peise

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