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Always begin with the A string. This is the 2nd thickest string, and should be the 2nd string from the top down if you're holding the guitar correctly. To hear the tone, click the letter next to the string. Once the A string is in tune, you are ready to tune the remaining strings:

Place the index finger on the 5th fret on the A string and play it followed by the D string. Tune the D string until they sound alike.

Place the index finger on the 5th fret on the D string and play it followed by the G string. Tune the G string until they sound alike.

Place the index finger on the 4th fret (notice this one is different) on the G string and play it followed by the B string. Tune the B string until they sound alike.

Place the index finger on the 5th fret on the B string and play it followed by the E string (the thinnest). Tune the E string until they sound alike.

Finally place the index finger on 5th fret on the thickest E string and play it followed by the A string. Tune the E (not the A) string until they sound alike.

This is the basic way of tuning your guitar, unless you have a tuning device. A tuning device can either be a 6 toned flute that you can blow into and tune all 6 strings after, or it can be an analog or digital tuning meter that will show you if the string needs to be adjusted up or down, and tell you when it's in tune. Click the play button below to hear a sample.

 

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