Concepts and Terminology

  • Standard Tuning – most widely used Guitar Tuning. E A D G B E
  • Hertz – Cycles Per Second (vibrations).  Hz = Hertz
  • Electric Tuner – Electronic Device (usually portable) that assists in tuning the Guitar.  

Guitar Tuning Tips

  • Tune in a quiet Room.
  • Plug your guitar cable into the INPUT of the Tuner.  If you are tuning a Acoustic Guitar, face the Tuner’s MIC towards your soundhole.  Keep the tuner close to your guitar for accuracy.
  • (For Guitars with Pickups) – All Volume and Tone knobs should be turned up to maximum (10).  If there is an EQ (Low, Med, High) which are usually found on Acoustic Guitars with Pickups, just keep it at your desired setting.
  • Use a Guitar Pick for accurate String Vibration when Tuning.
  • Using the Guitar Pick, play the top string (string #6) medium hard.  Medium hard means the String should sound out loud and full, but not buzzing on the Frets or Fretboard.  
  • Never obstruct the Strings vibration while tuning.
  • While glancing at the tuner screen and turning the tuning peg, keep hitting the String every 2 to 4 seconds.  The string should to be in tune at the very moment it is played.

Guitar and Bass Tuning Reference

Standard Tuning Audio Reference Video

Drop D Tuning Audio Reference Video

Standard Tuning 4 String Bass Audio Reference Video