Tuning your guitar is a very important part of playing. You can use a tuner or you can learn to tune by ear, either one will get the job done.
Tuning Your Guitar
Using a Tuner
Using a tuner is always the best way to be absolutely sure that your guitar is truly in tune, and it never hurts to have something like the Snark SN-8 Super Tight All Instrument Tuner handy for tuning your guitar anywhere.
Tuners like this, the Snark SN-5 Tuner or the KLIQ MetroPitch (which happens to be a metronome as well) are all small enough to bring along with you in your guitar case and tune your guitar no matter where you are playing.
Tuning by Ear
Are you interested in tuning your guitar by ear so the chords are in tune with each other (relative tuning)? There are a few easy steps to remember so you can do it every time.
- The first thing you want to do is play the check the low E string (6th string) at the 5th fret (note A) with the 5th string open. These should sound the same.
- Then repeat that process for all of the strings, matching them at the 5th fret with the string before it, except for the third string. The 3rd string is the only one that you do not use the 5th fret, you use the 4th fret to match 2nd string when it is open.
In addition to following the steps listed above, be sure to watch the video. The instructor in the video does a great job of demonstrating in a way that isn’t confusing.
How do you tune your guitar on the go? Have you tried any of the tuners we mentioned? How do you like them? We love hearing your feedback. Feel free to comment!