Tuning your guitar regularily is recommended to get the best sound out of your instrument. There are two main ways to do so. The best way is to use a guitar tuner. If you haven’t got one, don’t worry we have an online guitar tuner here. To tune your guitar, you need to turn the tuning pegs (see fig 1) which will tighten the string. Its always advised to tune up (tightening) rather than down (loosening) as this will keep the stings in tune for longer. If you over tighten, simply loosen them by turning the tuning pegs in the opposite direction until the string is lower than the desired note and then slowly tighten again to reach the correct note.
The most popular tuning method is called "standard tuning". Standard tuning consits of Low E, A, D, G, B, High E (see fig 2). An easy way to remember these notes is to use the phrase Elephants And Dogs Grow Big Ears or you can make up your own.
Using the online tuner we have provided match each string so that it sounds like the tone being played on screen starting with the Low E (thickest string) and continuing on until they are all in tune. Now you should be ready to play.
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