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How to Tune a Guitar with an Electric Tuner

Learn how to tune a guitar with an electric tuner with this Howcast video.

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Let's talk about using an electric tuner. It's probably the best way to tune. It's the easiest, but a little more expensive. Right? We have a little guitar pedal here. And this is probably about 100 dollars at your local music store, so that's quite an investment. But you can use this when performing on stage and inside your house.

So you're just going to hook it up to your electric guitar. You're going to put the cable into the input. And then from the output to your amp. So I'm going to start with the six string. Right? And it already says, oh, you're tuning the six string. So I see the six there. Right? And my whole idea here is I'm trying to get these two arrows to both light up in the middle and these flashing lights to sort of stop flashing.

So, I'm just gonna. You know, this arrow on the left is telling me, okay you're going to have to tighten the string, you're going to have to go a little higher. There you go. Right? Now my sixth string is in tune. Then I can move on to the fifth string. Right? So it should pick up that I'm on the fifth string. And again, it's telling me I have to go a little higher. So I'm going to go ahead and bring it up slowly, right?Little by little. And there you go. The two arrows light up, and the lights have stopped moving. Right?

And then I'm going to go ahead and go to the fourth string. And it knows, right? But, this time I have to lower it. That arrow is telling me that I should lower. Right? So slowly, and there it is. Right? So now I'm going to do the third string. And so I'm going to play the third string, and there it recognizes the third string. And that's pretty close. Right? So I lucked out. That one's right on the money. Right?

And then I'm going to go ahead and go to the second string. And this is telling me to raise it. And there it is. And then finally, the first string, and this is telling me to raise it. So I'm going to go ahead and raise it.

Now, the other thing to remember is you can get a little crazy, and you can try to get it so perfect. You don't have to. You know. If it's close, that's pretty good. Guitars are funny that way. It doesn't have to be perfect, perfect, perfect in order for you to get it. So you don't have to spend a lot of time trying to, you know, make sure that it's perfectly in tune by what that says. Right? You can just use your ear a little bit. There you go, there's your G chord in tune.

So that's how you might tune with your electric tuner.

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