Four Basic Acoustic Guitar Tuning Guides for Beginners

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Four Basic Acoustic Guitar Tuning Guides for Beginners

Acoustic guitar tuning method is similar to the method use in electric guitar tuning and standard guitar tuning. Guitar tuning is the skill that each of the guitar player need to know and master. Without proper tuning, you won’t be able to get the perfect tone and sound while playing guitar especially getting the right chord and lead.

Before you start, one important rule is to first identify which is the string that being called or named “1st. String” in guitar term. The 1st. string is referring to the smallest string located at the lowest position of the guitar’s neck. Once you knew which the 1st string is, identifying the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th string will be very easy. The 2nd string is the string located above the 1st string. Same arrangement applies to the 3rd to 6th string.

The acoustic guitar strings that being tuned up to the Standard Acoustic Guitar Tuning will have the following sound for each string:

1st. string, representing “E” note or the “Mi (high)” sound;

2nd. string, representing “B” note or the “Ti” sound;

3rd. string, representing “G” note or the “Sol” sound;

4th. string, representing “D” note or the “Re” sound;

5th. string, representing “A” note or the “La” sound;

6th. string, representing “E” note or the “Mi (low)” sound

There are several acoustic guitar tuning methods use which ranging from the expensive (normally using special electronic equipment) to the cheapest or free service from the internet (online guitar tuner).

Listed below are 4 popular acoustic guitar tuning methods that you could consider:

(1) Electronic Guitar Tuner – This is the simplest but most expensive method of the acoustic guitar tuning method. To use this method, you need to buy the equipment called “Electronic Guitar Tuner” which is not cheap. Using it of course very simple. You’re using your eyes instead if ears to tune the guitar using this tool. What you need to do is just tune and plucks the string that you are tuning until its match the indicator shown on the electronic guitar tuner.

(2) Online Guitar Tuner – This method has become more and more popular now days. This is because more and more website offer free online acoustic guitar tuning service. If you plan to buy online guitar lesson software, make sure that the package comes with online guitar tuner or guitar tuning software that you can install in your computer. This method is not as easy as using electronic guitar tuner but it is not that hard either. What you need to do is to tune the guitar string until its match the sound generated from the tuner program for each string that you work on.

(3) Guitar Pitch Pipe – Guitar pitch pipe is another acoustic guitar tuning method that you could use. Guitar pitch pipe is the pipe that will produce specific sound or pitch depending on which pipe you blow. You can get the guitar pitch pipe from any music store. There are six holes on the pitch pipe that will produce tone when blow. The guitar string is then tuned to this tone. For user reference, each hole is marked with alphabet A – D – G – B – E representing each guitar string.

(4) Piano or Keyboard – If you have a piano or electric keyboard, this is another method that you can use as the acoustic guitar tuner. This method is similar to online guitar tuner and guitar pitch pipe above. The only different is you are using piano or keyboard to produce tone. The guitar string is then tuned to this tone. Similar to guitar pitch pipe, the note that you need to produce from the piano or keyboard are A – D – G – B – E.

All these methods are the standard acoustic guitar tuning method use by newbies and experience guitar players. In fact, this is a standard guitar tuning method that can be for both acoustic and electric guitars. Which method to use is depending on individual budget and skill level. What important as guitar player is to keep practicing. One day you might not need any equipment to tune your acoustic guitar.

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