There\u2019s no worse sound than playing a guitar that\u2019s out of tune. Okay, maybe there is, but it\u2019s pretty unpleasant and can easily ruin the song you\u2019re trying to play. Follow these steps to learn how to tune a guitar. Tuning your guitar is simple once you figure out the steps. Using a guitar tuner is probably the easiest way to go, but there are also some tricks you can learn without a tuning device that can help keep your strings in check while playing. Standard Tuning For beginners, learning how to tune your guitar using standard tuning is all you really need. There are of course many different ways to tune a guitar to different keys, but let\u2019s not worry about this for now. In standard tuning, the open notes (strings) are in the key of E. The first string (the thinnest one) is the high E, and the sixth string (the thickest one) is the low E. The order of these strings is as follows: E A D G B E. It\u2019s helpful to come up with a clever system to remember the notes. For example, Eat A Dang Grape Billy Evans or Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears. Or really anything that works for you\u2026 Tuning Methods Now that you\u2019ve hopefully memorised the open strings of the guitar, you can begin the tuning process. Probably the easiest way to find the notes is to use an electronic tuning device, however, there are other ways to tune a guitar that we\u2019ll discuss. Acoustic Guitar Tuners come in various sizes and styles, but you can usually find something that clips to the guitar. These styles are microphone or vibration-based. A clip-on picks up the vibration of each string and is usually a little more accurate. Personally, I find clip-on ones are pretty great for practicing because they can just live on the guitar head. These can usually can be mounted on or off the clip part to store or transport safely. Electric Guitar You can use the above tuners for electric guitars as well, however, there are specific tuners for electric guitars that might be easier. These tuners usually plug directly into your guitar through a cable. There are also peddles or other fancy gadgets that will have internal tuning systems. If you want to (or already) have an effect peddle anyway, this is a good option. But this may not be necessary for a beginner, at least until your band is spending more time in venues rocking out! Apps Also, there are guitar tuning apps you can download on your phone that are decently accurate. This comes in handy when you don\u2019t have other tuner devices around and one I personally use as a backup plan. However, some people only use app tuners and seem to do just fine. Other Instruments If you have another instrument around that you know is tuned correctly, you can use this to help you find the right notes. This is usually easiest to do with a piano or another guitar, but really any instrument will do. For this to be accurate, you\u2019ll need to rely on some sharp ears and some extra patience. The Actual Guitar The same goes for using your guitar. Usually, the low E string is the first to tune, so you\u2019ll either need to have a good ear for knowing if it\u2019s in tune or use a device to help make sure it\u2019s good to go. Once this string is in tune, you can use the fretboard to help tune the rest of the strings. (We\u2019ll go into more detail on this method later). The Guitar Parts First, take a look at the end of your guitar neck with all the little screws that hold the strings. This is called the \u201cheadstock\u201d and is what you\u2019ll be using to tighten or loosen each individual string. The little screws are called \u201cmachine heads\u201d and each string is attached to one of the six heads. Starting with the low E string, you\u2019ll want to find the machine head that attaches to this particular string. If you\u2019re facing your guitar, it will be the first machine head on the lower left side. The easiest way to track this is to follow the string from the guitar body to the headstock so you know you\u2019re tuning the right string. Over time, this will become muscle memory, just like everything else! The Tuning part At this point, you\u2019ll take your tuning device or tuning method (mentioned above) and use this to match each string to its proper note. (Yes, you're about to know how to properly These are the steps: Step 1: Pluck the string: You\u2019ll want to pluck the string you\u2019re tuning over and over until you match it to the correct pitch. Many beginners are timid and just pluck the string once and wait for the guitar tuner to do its thing, but it\u2019s better to pluck frequently while tuning to get the true tone. Step 2: Turning the machine head: While you\u2019re plucking, you\u2019ll slowly turn the machine head attached to this string in one direction or the other depending on whether it needs to be loosened or tightened. The tighter the string, the sharper (or higher) the note will be and vice versa. It may take some time to get to the right note, but be patient and you\u2019ll have some beautiful sounds coming from that baby in no time! Step 3: Matching the right note: If you\u2019re using one of the tuning devices above, it will usually show the letter (note) in the middle that the string is supposed to align with. Then it will either show the color red or a needle that points left or right to show the note is too low (flat) or high (sharp). There will be a green color when the note is tuned correctly and if there\u2019s a needle, it will point directly at the note. You\u2019ll repeat this process for each string until each one is in tune. Then, you can go off and start practicing your chord progressions or reading tabs to learn how to play your favorite songs. Instrument Tuning: If you\u2019re using another instrument for this part, you\u2019ll do the same steps as above (strumming and matching the note), but using your ears instead of the device to know when it\u2019s in tune. Using Your Guitar: When using your guitar to tune itself, you\u2019ll need to be sure the first (low E) string is in tune so you can match the rest of the notes in the scale. Perhaps you have great pitch memory, but this usually takes lots of experience. You may need to use another instrument or device to make sure the low string is in tune and work from there. You then place your finger on the 5th fret of the low E string and play this note. This is the A note and should match the next open string exactly (also A). Use the same steps above of plucking and matching until both notes sound the same. Repeat this with the A, D, and G strings. When you get to tune the B string, you will actually play the G string on the 4th fret instead of the 5th to match both notes. If you\u2019re wondering why: This has to do with the scale you are playing to match the notes together, but it\u2019s not necessary to know this now. Once you\u2019ve tuned the B string, you\u2019ll go back to using the 5th fret to tune the high E. Make Some Noise Ta-da! Tuning your guitar is not longer a secret for you. Assuming you followed the steps above correctly, you\u2019re ready to go. At this point, you can play a simple chord, like a C or G chord, to decipher whether you\u2019ve tuned it correctly. If it sounds off, go back and make sure you tuned the right note in the correct standard tuning order that we mentioned above. Now that you learned how to tune a guitar, you can start strumming away and making some noise!