Every seasoned guitarist knows the value of a well-tuned instrument. While electronic tuners are handy, there’s an intrinsic value in learning to tune by ear. Let’s dive into this enriching technique and learn start tuning your guitar by ear!
Understanding the Basics:
Guitars typically have six strings, and each has a designated note: E, A, D, G, B, and E. The goal is to ensure each string resonates at its correct pitch.
Steps to Tune by Ear:
- Reference Note: Use an external source like a piano, tuning fork, or another guitar to get the E note (6th string) as a reference.
- 5th Fret Technique: Press down the 5th fret of the E string (6th string). This note should match the open A string (5th string). Adjust the A string until they sound the same.
- Repeat for Other Strings: Use the 5th fret technique for the A, D, and G strings. For the B string, use the 4th fret of the G string as a reference.
- High E String: Finally, press down on the 5th fret of the B string (2nd string). This should match the open high E string.
- Fine-tuning: Play chords and listen. Make minor adjustments until the guitar sounds harmonious.
Benefits of Ear Tuning:
- Develops a keen musical ear.
- Handy in situations without electronic tuners.
- Enhances musical understanding and pitch recognition.
Embarking on the journey of tuning by ear can be challenging initially, but over time, it refines your musical senses. For more in-depth lessons, resources, and tutorials, explore our library or join our Beginner’s Guitar Course