How-To

How to Tune Your Acoustic Guitar

You need to know how to tune your guitar the right way, every time. Here's a lesson.

One of the most important skills you need to learn as a guitar player is how to properly tune your instrument.

An out-of-tune guitar can wreck a practice session, ruin a gig and just generally frustrate you and those around you.

The problem is, there are so many factors that can cause your guitar to go out of tune.


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“Different things can affect your tuning, like temperature changes, humidity changes,” said Fender Digital Learning Brand Manager John Dreyer. “Our tunings might have been knocked out of place if you’re taking it in or out of your gig bag or case. And if you just changed your strings, you definitely want to make sure you’re tuned up.”

So how best to accomplish that?

There are several options. You can use a tuning app, like Fender Tune for iPhone and Android. You can use a digital tuner. Or, you can even tune by ear using harmonics.

To help get your acoustic guitar sounding great, Dreyer offered this acoustic tuning tutorial in which he utilizes the Fender Tune app on his PM-1 Standard Dreadnought.