How to Tune an Acoustic Guitar

Procedure that teaches a beginner how to tune an acoustic guitar using an electronic tuner. This must be done before playing the guitar to ensure a clear sound.

Needed

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electronic tuner
    • KORG Guitar/Bass tuner GA-30 used in the instructions
  • or “gStrings Free” app in the Android Market






Parts of the guitar

Electronic tuner

  1. Make sure tuner is set to guitar not bass
    • Note: If tuner is set to bass, press Guitar/Bass button to change

  2. Place tuner close to guitar
  3. Pluck 6th string and check for green light in electronic tuner
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key E clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key E counterclockwise

  4. When tuning, make sure number and tuning letter in the top left corner match to the string currently plucking
    • If plucking 6th string, it should read 6E, 5th string should read 5A, and so on
    • Turn tuning keys clockwise or counterclockwise as needed in order to get the right combination

  5. Pluck 5th string and check for green light in electronic tuner
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key A clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key A counterclockwise
  6. Pluck 4th string and check for green light in electronic tuner
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key D clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key D counterclockwise
  7. Pluck 3rd string and check for green light in electronic tuner
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key G clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key G counterclockwise
  8. Pluck 2nd string and check for green light in electronic tuner
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key B clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key B counterclockwise
  9. Pluck 1th string and check for green light in electronic tuner
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key E clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key E counterclockwise
  10. Turn off electronic tuner and put it away

gStrings Free app

Tuning with gStrings Free app in the Adnroid Market is pretty much the same.

  1. Tap Auto Tune button
  2. Pluck 6th string and check for line to be centered
    • Line must be close to center
    • If the line is to the left turn tuning key E clockwise
    • If the line is to the right turn tuning key E counterclockwise

  3. Do the same for the rest of the strings
  4. When done, tap Stop Tuning

Now you should have a tuned guitar and ready to jam!





Esau Silva
Software Engineer at Region One ESC
Microsoft Full Stack Application Developer
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