How To Tune A Guitar By Ear

How to Tune a Guitar by EarEver wondered how to tune a guitar by ear? Well, here's a cool trick that I use to tune my guitar by ear.

Wherever possible, you should try to get a reference note. If you can hit a note on a piano, or from another guitar, or whatever, that's great. Just try to make sure the note you work off of is in tune. You can even get a tuning fork and use this method with that.

If there's nothing around, that's cool, don't worry about it. At least your guitar can be in tune with itself. Knowing how to tune a guitar by ear can really benefit you if you're playing at a campfire gig out in the boonies!

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I use this method when I don't have a guitar tuner handy, or when I've just recently tuned and there's one string that's going on the fritz. I can then adjust that string back into tune with the others really quick using the harmonics you'll see in the video.

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You might also want to check out a related lesson I did on How To Use A Guitar Tuner.

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8 Responses to “How To Tune A Guitar By Ear”

  1. Wayne November 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    did not see video, sorry

  2. JOE August 5, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SHOW FINGER POSITION CLEARLY ALSO NAME EACH FRET AND STRING . I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS

  3. joe a. October 31, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    i think the videos are great even though i am an advanced guitarist. i like to watch because i can go back and refresh what i havelearnsd and maybe ther is something i missed or did not know. question is what of guitar / guitars do you play. (brand)

  4. Victor November 1, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Can you make a pdf file or word file explaining this. It is really hard to see what you are doing on the video.

    Thank,

  5. Tom November 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Jonathan, it is often a good idea when traveling in cold weather, when you reach your destination,to open your case and let your guitar adapt to the surroundings before tuning. And remember, you can tune a guitar but you can't tuna fish. Sorry. 😉

  6. Brian March 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Please tune your guitar before you get on stage. No one wants to hear you tune youe guitar on the stage. Be a profesional. Please.

  7. J-DuB June 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    The dial-tone of a landline... Is an A-440 Harmonic and can be refrenced for your 5th harmonic A string

    • Jonathan June 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

      There's an odd bit of trivia for you! I knew A was 440 - also at 12th fret 5 string, and open A is 220; but I didn't know they used that for the dial tone. I guess you have to use something right?

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