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Classic Guitar

Tuner

A guitar may be tuned in different ways.
The standard tuning is, from string 6 to string 1: E A D G B E.
This page helps to tune a guitar by the standard tuning.

Listen to the sequence of notes of the standard tuning

Each string is tuned by turning the correspondent tuning peg, on the machine head.
Turning the tuning peg in one direction or the opposite raises or lowers the pitch of the string.
Tuning is easier if we have a reference sound to tune after. You may use a tuning fork, or use the MIDI files below. There is a MIDI file for each string.
There are different methods to get all strings tuned.
You can listen to each MIDI file and try to match the pitch of the corresponding string with it, or you can tune the string 5 and then tune the remaining strings by comparison.

The following MIDI files give the notes of the unfretted strings:

Listen to string 6: E
Listen to string 5: A
Listen to string 4: D
Listen to string 3: G
Listen to string 2: B
Listen to string 1: E

The tuning method by comparison works this way:
Start by tuning the string 5 to A. Use whatever you want as reference sound: a MIDI file, a tuning fork, a harmonica, a tuned guitar, or even by hear.
Tune the string 6 to give the same note on the fifth space as the string 5 unfretted.
Tune the string 4 to give the same note unfretted as the string 5 on the fifth space.
Tune the string 3 to give the same note unfretted as the string 4 on the fifth space.
Tune the string 2 to give the same note unfretted as the string 3 on the fourth space (not fifth space).
Tune the string 1 to give the same note unfretted as the string 2 on the fifth space.

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