Standard Tuning Guitar

For the majority of players guitar standard tuning is…well…standard. It is the basis of most main stream songs, chord formations, and scales. You must understand standard guitar tuning to build a foundation for alternate tuning in the future. However, you may never use alternate tuning at all, and that’s perfectly fine. In my personal experience I have never used any fancy tuning. 95% of the time is standard tuning and 5% is drop-D tuning, which is almost identical to standard tuning anyway. It’s all preference, style, and genre of music. Nevertheless, standard tuning a guitar is a necessity, especially as a beginner and building a foundation.

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Standard Tuning Guitar Open Strings-

Remember string numbers start from the bottom. So, the small ‘e’ string is labeled as string 1 and the large ‘E’ string is labeled as string 6. When tuning pluck each string and tune to the corresponding note as shown above.

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So here’s another way to look at it if you don’t have a tuner handy. In the image below you can see the relationship between the strings and notes. Holding the fifth fret is the same note as the open string below it, with the exception of the 3rd string. You can tune the low E string and work your way down tuning the rest in relation to that string. For instance, hold the low E string (6th string) on the fifth fret (A note) and pluck an open 5th string (open A string). These notes should be the same. Move down one and pluck the 5th fret of the 5th string (D note) and then open 4th string right below it (open D string). These notes should be the same. Because of the structure of standard tuning the B note is a little different as you can see in the illustration, but it’s the same concept.


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So as you can see standard tuning guitar is pretty straight forward when you understand the concept.