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If you're the happy owner of an electric guitar, and you have a distortion effect pedal, you might prefer to tune your guitar using harmonics.

Gently place your finger on the thickest E-string directly over the 5th fret metal piece without pushing down on it, and then play the string, You can hear a high pitch tone which is called harmonics. If you do it right, you can remove your finger, and the sound will continue until it fades out. Do it again, and then move to the A-string and place a finger directly over the 7th fret metal piece, and then play that string as well. That should give you the same high pitch tone as the E-string you just played. If they are different, adjust the tuning on the E-string until they sound a like. If you are doing this on a distorted electrical guitar, it is very easy to hear if they are not in harmony.

Do the same thing with the A-string's 5th fret, and the D-string's 7th fret. Adjust the D-string until they are in harmony.

Do the same thing with the D-string's 5th fret, and the G-string's 7th fret. Adjust the G-string until they are in harmony.

Go back to the thickest E-string and play the harmonics on the 7th fret and then play an open B-string. Adjust the B-string until they are in harmony.

Play the E-string harmonics on the 5th fret and then play the thinnest E-string. Adjust the E-string until they are in harmony.

 

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