How To Tune A Guitar By Ear – Part 2

Hey! After making the first part clearly on how to tune a guitar by ear: the advantages of knowing how to fine-tune a guitar by ear, after presenting a technique of tuning without the help of any device or instruments, today – however, you will see another way of fine-tuning by ear. You will need the help of an electric keyboard for today’s fine-tuning.

How To Tune A Guitar By Ear – Finding a Reference for the String MI Bass

The first string to fine-tune is precisely the hardest one! Obviously, if you’re not near a computer or don’t have the help of a fine-tuner or teacher, one of the best sounds you will have as a reference at the time to fine-tune by ear is through an electric keyboard. You can find a model of sound for the string E bass with the key MI under DO central (middle C). Look at the picture below.

string E bass with middle C

In case there is no guitarist or keyboard handy, as a last resort ask a bass player to play the MI note with the string E4 in the 12ª note, or with the D2 string in the second note (these are the same notes) this will also help as a reference.

Step 1 -E6 String (MI bass)

After finding a sound reference for this string, we can start to fine-tune the acoustic guitar by ear. First, listen to the MI from your reference and from the beginning, start adjusting your headstock until you can’t hear any difference between both sound profiles.

This is the most challenging part of the task – you must be able to hear the difference between the notes in a way that may seem difficult to learn to fine-tune your acoustic guitar at first. Nevertheless, it comes with an experience.

Step 2 – A5 String (LA)

After fine-tuning the first note, let’s go to the next string, but first take a look at this image:

A5 string LA

The La (A) note presented in the image – in the 5ª note in the E6 string and the empty note in the A5 string are exactly the same notes ( or at least should be if your acoustic guitar is fine-tuned).

Now you have to use the La note in the A5 note in the E6 string (Mi bass) as a reference while tuning the La string ( similar to what we did before).

Step 3 – D4 String

If you have another look at the image, you will see a similar case here. There is a sound of Re on the 5ª note in the A5 string. So use it as a reference to fine-tune your D4 string.

Step 4 – G3 String (Sol)

The same thing here. The note Sol in the 5ª note in the D4 string is the same empty note in the g3 string.

Step 5 – B2 String (Ti)

In this case, it is a little different. If you take another look at the picture above, you will see that the note Ti in the G3 string is not in the 5ª note, but on the 4ª note. But the method is the same. Your reference is the Ti note on the G3 string.

Final Step Of Tuning A Guitar By Ear – E1 String (Mi acute)

This time, we are back to the original standard – Use the Mi sonority apart from the 5ª note in the B2 string as a reference to fine-tune the E1 string.

After you finish this last step, your acoustic guitar should be fine-tuned. If it isn’t, you need to start again.

A good way to verify if it is fine-tuned or not is to play a few basic chords to hear how the sound is. Use the basic chords as C, E, G major.

If you have another tip and want to share and improve our article even more about how to fine tune the acoustic guitar by ear, please feel free to comment below.

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