Beginner's guide to tuning your guitar


A quick guide to tuning your guitar
The strings on your guitar are named as follows:
6th string = low E (thickest string)
5th string = A
4th string = D
3rd string = G
2nd string = B
1st string = high E (thinnest string)
Tuning your guitar by ear
First tune the 5th string to sound the same as this tone: A440
Once your 5th string (A) is in tune, play D on the 5th fret of the A string and tune the open 4th string to sound the same.
Once your 4th string (D) is in tune, play G on the 5th fret of the D string and tune the open 3rd string to sound the same.
Once your 3rd string (G) is in tune, play B on the 4th fret of the G string and tune the open 2nd string to sound the same.
Once your 2nd string (B) is in tune, play E on the 5th fret of the B string and tune the open 1st string to sound the same.
The 6th string (low E) and the 1st string (high E) should sound the same note an octave apart. You can check your 6th string is correct by holding it down the 5th fret and playing the note. This note is an A and should sound the same as the open 5th string.

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