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Beginner Guitar:
How to Tune Your Guitar


HOW TO TUNE YOUR GUITAR:

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INTERVALS:
Intervals are important to understand since the guitar is tuned in specific intervals. When notes are out of tune they produce a dissonant effect. Two notes will be resonating at different intervals and this will produce a warble or ping-pong effect of the intervals being out of sync.

BALANCING THE INTERVALS:
Playing a 5th fret sixth string against a fifth string open and matching those intervals will produce proper tuning between them.

Playing a 5th fret fifth string against a fourth string open and matching those intervals will produce proper tuning between those strings.

Playing a 5th fret fourth string against a third string open and matching those intervals will produce proper tuning.

 

Playing a 4th fret third string against a second string open and matching those intervals will produce proper tuning between those strings. These strings have a different interval between them and it is necessary to balance them off of another fret.

Playing a 5th fret second string against a first string open and matching those intervals will produce proper tuning between the last string sets.

Testing the tuning. Guitarists can use the popular open position E Major Chord to test the tuning of their guitar. After weeks and months of testing to this chord, players will recognize if the guitar is in or out of tune from the very sound of this chord.

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The PDF document below contains a beginner guitar player handout.

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