Tune by ear

Relative tuning – How to tune a guitar by ear



Here are basic instructions how to tune a guitar by ear. Our chromatic tuner has microphone and line-in support so it can be used to tune all strings, but it is always good to practice tuning the guitar by ear.

Use the online guitar tuner and adjust the pitch of the E-string as accurate as possible. This string will be used as reference when tuning the other strings.

To tune next string place a finger on the 5th fret of the E-string, which is an A note. Adjust the open A-string until the two strings are in tune.

E-string, 5th fret
When the two upper strings are in tune, continue with the D string. Place a finger on the 5th fret of the A string, that is a D note. Adjust the open D string until its in tune with the reference D note from the A string, keep in mind only to make minor adjustments to the string tension while tuning.

A-string, 5th fret


A finger on the 5th fret of the D string is a G note. Adjust the tuning of the open G string until the two strings are in tune.

D-string, 5th fret

Move on to the next string, to get a B note from the G string put a finger on the 4th fret. Note that the fret differs from the other strings. Adjust the open B string until it is in tune with the reference B note from the G string.

G-string, 4th fret

A finger on the 5th fret of the B string is an E note. Adjust the tuning of the open E string so that it is in tune with the reference E note from the B string.

B-string, 5th fret

Hope these instructions on how to tune a guitar by ear have been useful, with some practice you’ll soon get the hang of it. Keep on playing guitar!