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Learn Guitar: Tune Your Guitar In Seconds

Easy step-by-step instructions for electric and acoustic guitar. Avoid damaging your guitar.


Here's a tip for tuning up your guitar quickly using an electronic tuner.

This method will get your guitar in tune quickly and help keep it there. Whether you play an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar this method will work just as well.

Guitarists who have an electric guitar fitted with a tremolo system, such as a Floyd Rose tremolo system. Will find this method particularly useful for stabilising your tuning.

Now before we get started I'll just call out how we number the strings. The first string is the thin string, that's the one closest to the floor when your playing. And the thick string is the sixth string. From the thin string, that's string 1,2,3,4,5,6 is your thickest string.

Now here';s how I tune up my guitar very quickly. I firstly tune the third string, then the fourth, second, fifth, first and finally the sixth string. When your looking at your tuner you'll want to know the names of the strings. So I'll call them out for you now.

The third string, that's the string I tune up first. I tune the third string and it will show up on your tuner as a G.

I then tune the fourth string, that will show up as a D.

I next tune the second string, that will register as a B.

Then I tune the fifth string that will show up as an A.

Then I tune the first string, that will show up as an E.

The I tune the sixth string that will also show up as an E.

Now the reason why I do this is so that the neck doesn't twist. This is to keep the tension even on the neck of the guitar as I'm tuning up. If your tuning up consecutively, that's 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The neck will actually twist. 

Now most guitarists have a truss rod fitted in the neck of that stops the neck from bending but it doesn't stop the neck of the guitar from twisting side to side, like rolling side to side like on top of a boat. Now if the neck is twisting it's also altering the tension on the strings, so that can send us on a merry chase. You know you could tune up the sixth, fifth, fourth and so on, and by the time you get to the first string you've sort of got to come back again and recheck your tuning again.

So I find if you tune up for the third, fourth, second, fifth, first and sixth. You'll find that you'll only have to tune up once or twice, stretch the strings a little bit, just go through that procedure. And your guitar will be much, much more stable and you'll spend more time playing it than actually tuning it up.



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