How To Use A Guitar Tuner

How To Use A Guitar TunerOne of the most common questions that beginners ask me is “How to use a guitar tuner?”

So I thought I would make a quick lesson here on how to use a digital guitar tuner to tune your guitar.

Tuning your guitar is incredibly important. If the guitar isn’t in tune, you’re not going to want to play it, because it will sound terrible. It’s pretty much that simple. So if you’re just getting started, there’s nothing that’s more demoralizing than sounding terrible all the time, so that’s something you need to fix! Strangely enough, this is still one of the most often-overlooked issues that beginners face. Simply taking the time to tune your guitar before you play it will make for a much more enjoyable practice session… and don’t even get me started if you’re planning on performing! It doesn’t matter how good a person is on the guitar, tuning the instrument is ALWAYS the first step.

As a side note, if you’re really struggling to get your guitar properly in tune, and you already know how to use a guitar tuner, then there is a very good possibility that the intonation is out on your guitar. If so, I recommend checking out these guitar setup tips.

Thankfully, tuning your guitar only takes a few moments with an electronic guitar tuner, so sit back and learn what you can in the next 8 minutes!

How To Use A Guitar Tuner

You might also want to check out a related lesson that I did on How To Tune Your Guitar By Ear. Hopefully this lesson will clear up any questions on how to use a guitar tuner.

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  • tom

    For an acoustic, or as an alternative to using a cable, I would recommend using a clip-on tuner that clips to the headstock and works via vibrations. This also eliminates the problem of room noise. I had to abandon the idea of tuning my uke while my mother-in-law was chatting loudly. Just didn’t work out. :-)

  • http://www.theguitartunershop.com msbrizard

    Korgmakes great clip ons as well as console guitar tuners, like the one that you are showing. Great point about sound quality!

  • ron Towle

    I found an excellent little clip-on that sells for about 20 bucks- the Snark-very nice tuner

  • Guest

    How does the Snark sn4 read a flat E