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Video:How to Tune a Guitar with an Electric Tuner

with Omar Saad

Learn to tune your guitar quickly and easily with a guitar tuner. Use the tips and tricks in this how-to video from About.com to get it right the first time.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Tune a Guitar with an Electric Tuner

Hi I'm Omar Saad for About.com and today we're going to talk about how to tune your guitar. 

Playing the guitar is a passion for some and a hobby for many but when it's out of tune you're going to have a hard time making music. Here is a quick and easy guide for how to tune your guitar. All you'll need is your guitar and an electric tuner.

Using an Electric Tuner to Tune a Guitar

There are a few different ways to tune a guitar. The quickest and easiest is with an electric tuning device. This is a digital guitar tuner. You can use it to tune your guitar in a couple of different ways. It's got this little microphone here that can actually pick up the sound of the string as you strum it. This isn't necessarily the best way to do it because the mic can also pick up other ambient sounds in the room. For example, if you're in a band rehearsal, you're not going to have an easy time trying to tune your guitar in this fashion.

Plug Your Guitar Into the Tuner for a Better Result

The more common way, and the way that I would suggest, is by simply plugging your guitar straight into the tuner. So now that I'm plugged in, I'm going to start tuning my guitar by starting to strum the top string, which is the low E string. This is a digital tuner and it'll just pick up the string you are trying to tune, it'll discern that by the tone coming from the guitar. So I'm going ahead and giving the string a nice strum. It looks like I'm a little flat. So I'm just tightening up the key until we hit dead-center, and I get the green light on my tuner. And there we go, it looks like I am dead-on.

Tune Your Guitar Strings in Order

So now that your first string, your top string, the low E is in tune, we're just going to go down to the next string, which is the A string and go ahead and do the same thing. So we'll give it a nice strum, and there we go, dead-on. So what you'll do is basically repeat the process for the remaining four strings. Once you make it down to the final string go ahead and give them all another pass to make sure that they haven't slipped out of tune all. Which is common with new strings when you've just put them on a guitar. So now that your guitar is in tune, you're ready to have some fun.

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