How to Use an Electric Guitar Tuner: A Step-by-Step Guide

You can be world’s best guitarist but with a guitar off the tune, you sound too bad. For you to learn how to tune the electric guitars, you need to be familiar with the notes for standard tuning, how to use an electric tuner or a smartphone or any other instrument for tuning. A guitar can also be tuned with own strings using your ears to listen when the tune is okay.

Tuning a guitar in the standard tuning

Tuning a guitar can be done in so many profiles but the preferred and recommended is standard tuning. In this profile of tuning, the notes arranged from thickest to the thinnest are: E, A, D, G, B, E. Remembering those guitar notes as per arrangement can be hard and below is a mnemonic commonly used for remembering: Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears. Having llearnedthe notes and how to remember them, you are now fit to learn how do you tune your guitar to those notes, E, A, D, G, B, E

How to tune the guitar

At the headstock of your guitar which is the thinnest end, you will see turn able small keys. Those keys are called machine heads. Every string is attached on a given machine head of its own. Once you turn that machine head of nay string, the pitch to which a string is tuned changes. For you to determine the note to which a string has been tuned as you turn the heads you use a tuner. A guitar can be tuned through 4 ways which include:

  • Use of electric tuner for guitars
  • A smartphone application
  • Other instruments
  • The guitar’s strings

Tuning using an electric tuner

This is the best of all options to use for standard tuning of guitars. The tuners are accurate and fast and possessing one gives you no worry especially when it comes to tuning your guitar. The tuner tunes by you plucking a given note then that tuner shows you the played note. This is achieved by the tuner either: Telling the string that it sensed you tried tuning

Using an oscillating needle, it shows the far you are from the desired note. Using a light, it shows whether the played note was too high or too low.

For you to know that a note is perfectly tuned, the needle on the tuner stands at the middle with the green light placed above it lighting. The far left corner indicates the string being tuned. If the red light lights, to mean the needle is on the tuners left, the note is too low and if it’s the light to the right lit, the note is too high or too sharp.

The tuning process

  1. Turn your tuner on
  2. Except for manual tuners which are not set to default auto-detect strings, set the manual tuner to listen then tell it which string you would like tuned
  3. Pluck the string
  4. Check if the needle in the tuner comes to the middle. If not, turn machine head either way
  5. Pluck a second time monitoring the needle direction
  6. Repeat the procedures above until the needle is at the center
  7. Do so for all other strings