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Month: September 2017

Tune an Electric Guitar

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Read our last post on how to tune an acoustic guitar.

Professional music instrument players need only a few seconds to tune their guitar to the perfect mode as they have many years of experience about the right positioning of strings.

But the fact is that even beginners can complete this task with ease. Before playing the guitar to its best sound effects, it is really essential to spend a few minutes on its accurate tuning. Below you will find some of the essential guidelines for tuning an electric guitar to its peak performance.

Step 1:

Start with the sixth string that is denoted with letter E. As it is the thickest string in the list and stays on the bottom side below all other strings so it is good to start with this string first.

It is desired to bring this string position to maximum accuracy to produce the best music. In case you need some help to complete the tuning task then there are a few other musical instruments like a piano etc that can assist you better.

Step 2:

Now go for a fifth string that is denoted by letter A. Simply put your index finger over the fifth fret that stays on the bottom of the sixth string and then pluck the fifth string to adjust it to the desired position. Slowly adjust its tuning peg till the time both these strings produce perfect sound.

Step 3:

It is time to pick the fourth string denoted by the letter D. Simply put the index finger on fifth fret and then pluck tune the fifth and fourth string together to bring out the best sound effects.

Step 4:

Go for the third string that is the G string. Start tuning it by placing your index finger near the D string and then create a harmony of the third string with the fourth and fifth string.

Step 5:

The second string is denoted by B and in order to tune this, you need to put the index finger on fourth fret and then tune the second string to the perfect note. Here is an interesting thing to know; the second tring is the only string in your electric guitar that is tuned with reference to the fourth string fret otherwise the rest of all of strings are tuned as per the fifth fret.

Step 6:

Now go to the last string and to begin with its tuning, you need to put your index finger on the fifth fret of the B string. The first string is the thinnest string and it must be tuned carefully. Complete the tuning task by testing all strings for their standard sound effects.

With all these steps, the tuning task may appear quite simple to do and the fact is that it doesn’t even take much time to complete the process.

The best idea is to use another good quality musical instrument to compare the sound so that tuning process can achieve standard results.

When you have a good quality instrument for comparison then it is much easier to ensure higher accuracy.

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Tune an Acoustic Guitar

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Most guitarists spend several hours to set their instrument to a perfect tuning mode so that it can produce the very best notes.

Professionals know several methods to complete this tuning task but for beginners the procedures may appear a little difficult.

If you own an acoustic guitar and are planning to tune it then the best idea is to use an electronic tuner to achieve your target. Electronic tuners are capable enough to ensure clear sound with easy to handle string settings.

To start with the procedures, first of all, you need to collect an electronic tuner for your acoustic guitar. Then start with the procedure as discussed below:

Step 1: First of all you need to set the tuner to guitar mode instead of bass mode. In case if it is already set to Bass then hit the Guitar/Bass button to shift the mode.

Step 2: Now bring your electronic tuner close to your acoustic guitar.

Step 3: It is time to pluck the sixth string from your guitar; when you do so, a green light LED will be switched on an electronic tuner.

Note that the line must be close enough to the center portion of the scale on tuner screen.

If you find this line to the left side than simply tune to key with E clockwise notation and in case if the line is towards the right side then tune key E to the counter clockwise direction.

Step 4: Whenever you pluck any string for tuning, make sure that the tuning letter and number of the screen at the top left corner is the same as that of your plucked string.

It means; when you have plucked the sixth string then it must display 6E whereas for the fifth string it will show 5A. When tuning keys are adjusted to clockwise or counter clockwise direction, it helps to generate right combinations for clear sound.

Step 5: Now pluck all other strings one by one in a similar manner and adjust them to clockwise or counter clockwise direction as necessary.

Every time when you pluck a string, note that the green LED gets activated on the tuner and also check the combination of key on the screen. It will be as 6E, 5A, 4D, 3G, 2B and 1E for different strings.

Step 6: Once you have adjusted all the strings, then simply switch off your electronic tuner and your guitar is ready to play the most awesome sounds.

Additional tips for perfect tuning …

When you are done with the tuning, then it is essential to check the results. To do this, simply play a chord and check its sound. It must resemble the ideal sound that is desired from this specific chord. If it deviates then you need to tune the instrument again.

It is always advised to start tuning from the thickest string towards the thinnest string to get the best results and you can prefer to check it twice before your next performance to ensure the guitar produces the perfect sound.

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