1. Learn to tune the guitar with the Fifth Fret Method.
2. Learn how to tune a 7-string guitar.
3. Use reference pitches to tune your guitar.
Tuning the guitar can be done in several ways. I recommend getting an electronic tuner to ensure you are tuned to the proper pitch. Whether or not you have a tuner, you should know at least one method of tuning your guitar from a reference pitch. This lesson will give you the most common method of tuning as well as audio files to properly tune your guitar (including 7-strings).
Fifth Fret Method
|1||Fret the fifth fret of the sixth string, the Low E String (pictured). Play the fifth and sixth string. Match the pitch of the fifth string to the pitch of the sixth string.||
Tuning the Fifth String from the Sixth String
Fretting the Fifth Fret of the Sixth String
|2||Listen for a beating or pulsating between the two strings. The faster the beating, the more out of tune it is.|
|3||Adjust the A string until there is virtually no beating.|
|4||Hold the fifth fret of the fifth string, A string. Play the fourth and fifth string. Match the pitch of the fourth string to the pitch of the fifth string.||
Tuning the Fourth String from the Fifth String
|5||Hold the fifth fret of the fourth string, D string. Play the third and fourth string. Match the pitch of the third string to the pitch of the fourth string.||
Tuning the Third String from the Fourth String
|6||Hold the fourth fret of the third string, G string. Play the second and third string. Match the pitch of the second string to the pitch of the third string.||
Tuning the Second String from the Third String
|7||Hold the fifth fret of the second string, B string. Play the first and second string. Match the pitch of the first string to the pitch of the second string.||
Tuning the First String from the Second String
Fifth Fret Method on a Seven String Guitar
Seven string guitars add a Low B string. It can be tuned by matching the pitch on the fifth fret of the seventh string to the pitch of the open sixth string.
Tuning from a Reference Pitch
Without a properly tuned string, the fifth fret method will not work. To help you get the proper pitches, I've included audio for all the strings including the seventh string.
|1 (High E)|
|6 (Low E)|
|7 (Low B)