Now it’s time for tuning! I actually found it quite difficult to find a video or guide that would tell you the steps to do this. Most would just play a note for you to tune to, but not tell you how. I had a general idea of how to tune a guitar just from watching my sister play it, but wanted to find something to verify how it is actually done. After a bit of looking I came across this great YouTube video. The girl who made this video goes at a great pace, explains how the guitar is strung, and shows how turning the pegs left or right will make the pitch become higher or lower.
Now, you could certainly just tune along with her and her tuner, or better yet, why not get your own tuner!
I checked out the Apple App Store to see what types of tuners are available for free, and the first one I came upon had great reviews. It is called “GuitarTuna” by GuitarBots. It has an auto and a manual mode, and shows you in Green if you’re close to the right pitch, or red if you’re off, and it tells you if you are too high or too low. I also like that it has a little depiction of the guitar pegs and highlights which note you are working on so you know which peg and string to tune. This is a great app so far, and I see that it has a metronome, which may come in handy later on!
As I do have a musical background (I sing and also play piano and clarinet) tuning instruments is not new to me, so I would say I have an ear for it. Once I learned what to do I could hear the correct pitches quite easily, and tuned the guitar right up!
Next up, let’s see what these strings are all about and see if I can play some notes!