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Beginner Course Day 1

How to Tune Your Guitar

10 minutes, 2 videos

Before we get started, let's make sure we know the parts of our guitar, and how to get in tune.

What you'll learn

1About your guitar

Before we get started, let's talk about the three parts of your guitar.

We have:

If you turn the tuning pegs in one direction or another, you're going to make the note either higher or lower.

Turning each of these tuners is how you change the pitches of your strings to make them in tune.

2How to Tune

In this video, we're going to learn a method to tune your guitar by ear.

This is commonly called the "fifth fret method", because you're using the fifth fret on each string to tune the guitar to itself.

3On Your Own

Next Lesson

In our next lesson, we'll learn our first chord, and learn a technique to memorize chord shapes quickly, without hurting our fingers.

Andrés Wilson holds a B.M. from the Berklee College of Music, a M.A. in literature from Columbia University, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.