There is nothing worse or more embarrassing than playing your guitar out of tune!
Even if you don’t know how to tune your guitar… there are NO EXCUSES!
There are digital tuners, electric tuners, from simple inexpensive units to more elaborate professional grade models. All are very accurate and will help keep you In Tune!
Let’s say you have already tuned the top string (6th string).
Step 1:Press down on the 6th string at the 5th fret and you will get an A note. This note should correspond to an open 5th string as shown in the diagram.
Step 2:Strike the 6th string, 5th fret and an open 5th string. Both strings should be exactly the same. If not, the 5th string must be adjusted.
A good tip is to hold your finger on the fret and use your other hand to twist the string. Both at the same time. Do this until both strings sound identical.
These 2 easy steps can be repeated for the rest of the strings. With the 5th string, press down on the 5th string on the 5th fret and you will get a D. This note should correspond to an open 4th string. Therefore, when you strike the 5th string, 5th fret and an open 4th string, both strings should sound exactly the same. If not, the 4th string must be adjusted.
The 3rd string however must be played at the 4th fret in order to equal an open 2nd string.
Many guitarists use this tuning technique when they suspect a string has gone out of tune.