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How To Tune An Acoustic Guitar

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Guitars go out of tune, that's just how it is. Strings are sensitive to stress and environment, and over time they will change their pitch.

If you want your guitar to sound good, it must be tuned properly. A guitar should be tuned on a regular basis, preferably before every playing session.

Tuning means adjusting the pitch of each string so that you can play the correct notes. You tighten or loosen the tuning peg on the head until you get the right pitch. This can be quite challenging, especially if you're a beginner. But once you learn and know how to do it, it’s easy.

Just remember, you won't master this overnight, so don't get discouraged too quickly.

Knowing how to tune an acoustic guitar is an essential skill for any aspiring guitarist. Let's take a closer look at how it's done.

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Here's How You Do It:

The first thing you should do is identify the strings. There are six strings on an acoustic guitar. From top to bottom they go like this: E A D G B E. To remember this you can use the following mnemonic shortcut: Eddie Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddie.

When tuning a guitar you need some sort of a starting point, a reference note to tune to. If all the strings are out of tune, you need to hear another note from another instrument that is in tune. The following two videos will make everything clear:



Remember, it's not easy, so don't expect to master it overnight. Here is the second video – playing the strings on a tuned guitar. Compare it to your own:



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