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Published: Wed November 17, 2010  News Feed

How to Tune A Guitar...

If you're a beginner and wondering how you make sure you play the right notes, or wondering why you sound so rubbish, it might not be lack of skill that's making you sound bad...it could be that your guitar isn't it tune! Don't put it down just yet...let us show you how.

You might be reading this as you're looking to buy your first guitar (or buy someone their first guitar) so make sure you include a guitar tuner in your list of essential accessories...or your Christmas stocking filler list! Most of our guitar starter packs come with all the essential accessories you need as a beginner, if not check out our range of tuners.

Anyway, moving on...read on to see info on how to tune your acoustic, electric and bass guitar and out our recommended list in a range of prices.

How often should you tune your guitar?

We'd recommend tuning your guitar every time you play it. Playing a lot can cause it to become out of tune - and it'll do no harm whatsoever to tune it regularly! Plus, you'll sound better. Tuning your guitar to an electric tuner regularly will help you learn to tune in 30 seconds instead of 5 minutes, and if you're a beginner you'll learn to distinguish the difference in sounds more easily whilst learning the notes- a problem that loads of beginners struggle with at first.

Electric tuners

Using an electric guitar tuner is way easier than using another instrument like a piano to help you. Firstly, you can buy electric tuners for as cheap as £11.99 which are very portable and easy to use.


To tune your acoustic/electric/bass guitar you have to pluck the string you wish to tune. The tuner will use its built-in mic to pick up the sound and the indicator will tell you how close you are to the right pitch and whether you're sharp or flat.

Dolphin Recommends

Qwik Tune's Snark SN1 tuner has long been one Dolphin's best-sellers, so for those of you who don't need slightly more advanced features like a tap-tempo metronome and vibration sensor, this SN5 offers even better value.

Qwik Tune SN5 - £11.99

Features:

  • Features full colour display.
  • Place anywhere on the front or back of your headstock - picks up sound from all over, so no dead spots.
  • Display rotates 360 degrees, so works for right or left handed players.

 

 

 


Here are a few of our other bestsellers
from cheap tuners to expensive, top of the range tuners.

Fender Green Tuner - £29.99

  • No need for batteries!
  • Built in microphone for tuning acoustic
  • 1/4" jac for tuning electric instruments
  • Built in flashflight






Korg GT-120 - £50.07

  • Dedicated chromatic tuner for guitar and bass that supports seven-string guitars and six-string basses.
  • Dual display combines a needle-type indicator with an easy to read backlit LCD screen. 
  • Choose from two tuning modes: Auto or Manual. 
  • Built-in reference tone plays in a 5 octave range. 
  • Flat Tunings: 1-4 in half-note steps. 
  • Five types of open tunings (D, E, G, A, DADGAD). 
  • Broad range of calibration adjustment (438Hz – 445Hz). 
  • Built-in mic for tuning acoustic guitars. 
  • Long battery life of more than 100 hours, plus a battery status indicator. 
  • Durable suede-type soft case is included


Boss TU-88BK Micro Monitor Tuner - £45.00

  • Three tuning modes (Chromatic, Guitar, Bass), Flat Tuning function, and ACCU-PITCH verification with an audible beep
  • Built-in headphone amp lets you tune, warm up, and check your effects in private
  • Built-in metronome with selectable rhythmic patterns and volume control
  • MIX IN allows jamming with an external music-playback device (iPod, etc.)







Tune into all our 'How To' guides for beginners which we'll be doing before Christmas!
Our first guide comes hand in hand with how to tune your guitar....read our Guitar Beginners guide to see all our exclusive Guitar Starter Pack Bundles from just £69.

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