How To Tune A Guitar?

2018/03/17

Tags: Guitar Standard tuning


Tune your guitar with a tuner
Grant your guitar with equivalences in the 5th box
Tune your guitar with natural harmonics

There are several models of tuners that you will find easily in any guitar shop. A tuner makes it possible to tune each string separately with great precision.

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Here is the name of the vacuum strings in a standard tuning from the most serious string to the most acute:

Mi: 6th string (the most serious string)

The: 5th rope

Re: 4th string

Ground: 3rd rope

If: 2nd string

Mi: 1st string (the highest string)

So we have to remember: Mi La RĂ© Sol Si Mi!

When you play a chord, the tuner tells you which note it corresponds to. Generally a green light indicates if the string you are playing is right, you should otherwise readjust either by straining the string (= going to a higher pitched sound) or by relaxing the string (= going towards a more serious sound).

Generally, the tuner indicates the name of the notes with the Anglo-Saxon script. Here is a reminder of the equivalences with the range that we all know:

If by bad luck, the string you play does not match the note that should appear on the tuner, what to do? How to know whether to stretch or relax the rope?

To find the solution, we refer to the order of the notes in the range:

For example, if you play the 4th string, namely the D string (or D), and that your tuner is the note of E (or E) is displayed. To recover the Re, you will relax the string to bring it back to the D (or D). Be careful not to go an octave above (too high) or below (too serious)! An octave is an interval formed by the same sound repeated eight degrees apart.

To avoid this, if the rope seems abnormally too low or too high, you may have turned the mechanism in the wrong direction. Follow your instinct! Soon it will seem obvious to you. If you really have a doubt, it is better to relax the rope at first and then re-tune it, rather than stretching it too much to break it. Now that you know how to tune in a tuner, discover free videos in our online guitar class to go further.

Grant your guitar with equivalences in the 5th box

This method consists of playing two identical notes in two different places on the neck, in order to adjust the badly tuned string on the well tuned string. Each empty string has an equivalent note that can be used as a marker.

For example, if the strings of E bass and La are well tuned, it is found by placing a finger in the 5th box of the 6th string we get the same note as the 5th string vacuum. In the opposite case, it means that one of these two strings is out of tune. It is then necessary to turn the corresponding mechanism until the two notes are identical to the ear.

We have :

To agree, first we play two strings at the same time to ascertain the state of the tuning (eg the 5th string by pressing the 5 th box, and the 4 th chord is played) and then adjusts the voltage with the mechanics of the 4th string until it is in perfect harmony with the 5th. The same process is followed for all the other strings. If we know that at least one of the strings is right, we can therefore recover all the others with this system of equivalences.

Warning to recover the correctness of the 2nd rope, place the finger not on the 5th box but on the 4th box of the 3rd string to recover the Si.

To tune your guitar with the equivalences of natural harmonics

A natural harmonic is a continuous sound that is produced when you play by touching the string slightly on a fret. The harmonics resonate particularly at the height of the 12th, 5th and 7th frets.

We have :

There is no equivalence between the 3 rd and 2 nd rope in terms of harmonic.

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