05 Mar Tune An Acoustic Guitar
Five Tips On How To Tune An Acoustic Guitar
Performing with an out-of-tune guitar, whether on stage or behind the scene, can be embarrassing and a gig-spoiler. Whereas off-tunes result from factors beyond your control- such as temperature and humidity, the problem is an easy fix provided you have the basics of tuning an acoustic guitar. Here are five tips that will help you tune your acoustic guitar when the need arises.
1. Tune From Top-Down, In A Clockwise Direction
The six wires on your guitar are arranged from the thickest (lowest tone) at the top to the thinnest (highest sound) at the bottom. Before embarking on the tuning process, it is essential to ensure that you have held the guitar correctly so as you can quickly know where the top (starting point) is. Once you are satisfied that the guitar is in a good position, follow the thickest wire to its tuning peg and tune it to a clockwise direction. Repeat the same for the other five wires.
2. Adjust Each Pitch Accordingly
Some strings require more adjusting before they produce the correct pitch as compared to others. To adjust, pluck each of the six wires independently and match its pitch to an electric or a standard tuner. If you are dissatisfied with the quality of pitch any of the wires produce, adjust the tension on the affected wire by either loosening its tuning peg to lower the pitch or tightening to raise the pitch. Keep experimenting with the guitar, playing and retuning after every quarter an hour. Until your guitar can play all the first-position chords, the process is far from done; keep adjusting and retuning.
3. Acquire An Electronic Guitar Tuner
If your budget is not overstretched, then you can save yourself the hustles of manual tuning by acquiring an electronic guitar tuner. For a start, you can purchase a cheap tuner and then as you gain experience to get a fancier one. The tuner monitors and advice you on which wires are off pitch and how to adjust them. Your only task, in this case, is to turn the affected tuning pegs as advised by the tuner and to listen if the tone is as good as you would want it to be.
4. Replacing Old Strings
Maybe that irritating out-of-tune pitch in your guitar is telling you that it’s time to replace the worn out wires with new ones. While at it, ensure that you start by setting all the six wires a flat pitch and then tune them up from the thickest to the thinnest. After the overhaul, you will need to experiment on the guitar for long hours before stepping on a stage with it. It is vital that you seek professional guidance if you can’t trust your DIY abilities.
With smart technology, you can download an e-tuner app from your app store and use it to tune your acoustic guitar with ease. There are also other traditional tuning software such as the Open G tuning (DGDGBD) and the Open C tuning (CGCGCE)
You deserve nothing less than a great sound from your acoustic guitar. The tips discussed are useful for a start: take charge of how your guitar sounds.