If your child has been given the best acoustic guitar lessons London has to offer for Christmas, then it won’t be long before you have to learn how to tune their guitar.
Standard guitar tuning is the best place to start, and you need to learn to tune the guitar this way before you can progress onto others, so it is best to get this nailed as soon as possible.
You will need some tools before you start.
A tuner – you can use an app such as Howtotuneaguitar.org. You can also use another instrument such as a piano.
Pick – if you want to use one
Extra strings – if you need to replace any
You need to start a the E string, which is the thickest string. If you don’t have a tuner, make sure this is tuned and then you can at least tune the rest of the guitar to this string.
You now need to tune the A string. In order to do this you need to place your finger on the fifth fret of the E string, this is your A note. You then need to tighten or loosen the A string until the two strings harmonise. Tightening the peg makes the note higher, loosening it makes it lower.
Place your finger on the fifth fret of the A string to play a D note. Then adjust the 4th tuning peg until the pitch of the 4th string matches the pitch of the 5th fret of the 5th string as you have been doing so far with the other strings.
Continue by placing your finger on the fifth fret of the D string. That’s a G note. Harmonise this with the pitch of the G string you tuned above.
Place your index finger on the fourth fret of the G string. That’s a B. Tune your 2nd string to that note.
Place your index finger just behind the fifth fret on the B string. That’s an E note.