Tuning a guitar can be a frustration for beginners – enough that it can make you not want to practice. However, tuning your guitar is one of the most important steps you can take to maximize the impact of your practice time. If you’re feeling frustrated, get an easy (and free) tuning app like Guitar Tuna. If you still think practicing is just a technical exercise, think again…
Tune Your Guitar/Tune Your Ears
When playing guitar or practicing scales, arpeggios, etc – a tuned guitar will “sound” right. This isn’t just an important consideration for anyone in earshot, it’s a crucial step to training your ears. Have you ever wondered how some musicians can just pick up a tune by listening? Does it seem like a magic trick? I promise that it isn’t magic. Students must see how listening to an instrument that’s out of tune is going to make it harder to recognize musical relationships with their ears. Just like looking at the world through the wrong eyeglass prescription makes it hard to know what you’re looking at!
Tuning Gets Easier with Practice
Beginners often find tuning a guitar challenging. There are two main reasons for this. First, beginners aren’t used to matching up the tuning pegs with strings. So, they tune the wrong string (even breaking them) and get frustrated. The second reason is that tuning takes practice to get good at it and tuning (even with a quality tuner) is a matter of trial-and-error. However, the more you practice tuning the better you get… until tuning isn’t even a challenge at all. It takes longer to get there if you don’t tune often and get the practice in.