Tuning the Guitar

Once you have settled down with your new guitar you may have noticed that it does not sound like it did when you bought it.  The guitar’s tuning can be altered by time and air temperature so it is a daily ritual to tune the guitar.  Before we can begin we must know what the strings are supposed to be tuned to.  The strings are laid out as follows;

E (6th string) it is the lowest sounding note and the topmost string

A (5th string) located below the E string

D (4th string)

G (3rd string)

B (2nd string)

e (1st string) the highest sounding string and the bottommost string

I know that it seems odd to think of having the 6th string closest to us and the 1st string furthest away but it is labeled for pitch (how high or low the note is in relationship to one another) rather than position. To help you visualize, you can check out this image of a labeled guitar headstock.

You can tune your guitar to the appropriate pitches by using a reference pitch, such as a piano, by using an electric guitar tuner, or by ear. These tuning methods will be covered in upcoming posts.



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