Without a properly tuned guitar, it’s nearly impossible to sound good. These are some of the most common questions beginners ask about guitar tuning.
How to Tune a Guitar - The Basics and More
Learning how to tune a guitar is an important skill for beginning guitar players. As you progress as a musician, you'll also want to explore alternate and open tunings. A lot of alternate or "non-standard" tunings are necessary to play certain songs. We can break our free lessons on tunings into three categories - standard tuning, open tuning, and alternate tuning. On this page you'll find all the great articles we have related to tuning a guitar, including some wonderful song arrangements.
Vic Lewis looks at the basics of playing slide guitar in standard tuning, which is a great thing to know if you’d prefer to not keep changing your tuning every other song!
Alternate tuning involves changing any or all of a guitar’s strings to a different note than in standard tuning. “Drop D” and DADGAD tunings are frequent choices of alternate tuning but there are many to choose from.
In open tuning, the guitar’s six strings are tuned to the notes of a single, easily identified chord. Open tuning is used a lot by slide guitar players. It’s also a favorite of Keith Richards.
Standard tuning is tuning each string of your guitar to a specific note. It makes learning the guitar easier by allowing you to play the various chords in the same way that other people do.
Another new Guitar Noise writer makes his debut with this introduction to the wonders of open C tuning.
A lot of the signature sound of the twelve-string comes from the paired strings being struck together. You can do any alternate tuning that you’d use on a six-string guitar on a twelve string as well as some pretty interesting alternate tunings.
This is a terrific piece for those of you interested in the subject of partial capos, which will educate and inspire you. And if you’re not familiar with the subject, I suspect it will whet your appetite to learn more about it.
In response to the many people who’ve written with questions on how to tune the guitar, Graham’s written this wonderful step-by-step process for those of you who are unfamiliar with how to tune with a tuner.