Being in tune is one of the quickest ways to make you sound better and is the first thing that should be addressed when using a guitar. Today, we’ll share a few tips on how to tune your guitar!
Wednesday, October 12th
TUNE THE SIXTH STRING FIRST
The sixth string, or low E, has the most tension. It can affect the pitch of the other strings when changed because of the added or decreased tension it creates on the neck and other parts of your guitar.
ALWAYS TUNE UP
Tune each string by tuning down slightly, then tuning back up to reach the note you need to hit. Adding tension rather than removing tension helps keep the string more secure and in tune as you play.
WAIT UNTIL THE STRING SETTLES
When you pluck a string, the pitch goes high first; then, it settles into the real note you are playing. The tuner will react to the very first thing it hears. So pluck the string, hold for a beat, then read what the tuner says.
Make sure you listen to the note’s pitch as you tighten and loosen the string. This will help train your ear and also aid you in making the small adjustments you need.
KEEP IT QUIET
Limit outside noise and interference because the tuner cannot distinguish your guitar’s notes from other sounds it hears.
This article is a re-post, with minor modifications, of “7 TUNING TIPS” published on fender.com