Important: To assist in playing along with the Sound files on this site, you can easily tune up your instrument by first accessing the file entitled “Tuning” and tuning your instrument. Start with the first string (a treble string) and tune to each note played on the sound file until you get to the 6th string (a base string).
The sound file will tune your instrument to a concert pitch of 440 Hz, or the same tuning that is accomplished with the use of an electronic tuner.
Another method to accomplish this same concert pitch is through the use of a tuning fork (which emits an A note at a frequency of 440 Hz). The note A on the fifth fret of the 1st sting of the guitar should be the same pitch as the A pitch of a tuning fork. One other method to assist you is to tune your instrument is through the use of a pitch pipe.
Manual Tuning: If you have a reference point (such as a pitch pipe) you can manually tune your instrument the following way:
First, use the first string (an Open E) as a reference.
Fret the 2nd string at the fifth fret (E) and tune the 2nd string to the open 1st string (E).
Fret the 3rd string at the 4th fret (B) and tune the 3rd string to the open 2nd string (B).
Fret the 4th string at the 5th fret (G) and tune the 4th string to the open 3rd string (G).
Fret the 5th string at the 5th fret (D) and tune the 5th string to the open 4th string (D)
Fret the 6th string at the 5th fret (A) and tune the 6th string to the open 5th string (A).