James’ Tuning Tutorial

May 12, 2015

Guitar Tuning Tutorial

Tune a Guitar Don’t Tune-a-Fish

with James Shiliday


Tuning your guitar is a must know skill. You can’t always rely on your tuner if the battery goes dead! Tuning also helps fine tune (no pun intended) your ears.

This Guitar Tuning tutorial is great for beginner guitarists who have not yet mastered the skill of tuning their guitar. This instructional video features one of Dave Simon’s Rock School’s talented and experienced teachers, James Shiliday.

Guitar tuning is an essential aspect of playing the guitar. No matter how well you can play a song, it will never sound right if your guitar is out of tune! In this video, James walks you through the steps of properly tuning a guitar. The first thing you’ll need to do is memorize your open strings: E, A, D, G, B, and E from top to bottom string. These will be the targets you are shooting for when you use your electric tuner. Once you have your tuner plugged into your guitar, pluck the first string continually and watch the tuner so that you can adjust your string as your pluck it and observe the tuner. By continually plucking the string, watching the tuner, and adjusting as you play, you will be able to tune your guitar quickly and efficiently. It can take time to work up to tuning as quickly as James does in this video, but don’t get discouraged! It will all be worth it when you can start rocking out on your properly tuned guitar. If you’d like to take guitar lessons with James or one of our other instructors, contact us!

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  • Power Chords
  • Open Chords
  • Barre Chords
  • Seventh Chords
  • Jazz Chords
  • Major/Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Natural Major/Minor Scales
  • Modes
  • 12-Bar Blues
  • Improvisation
  • Rock, jazz, folk and classical stylings
  • Reading chord charts
  • Reading lead sheets

All students in guitar lessons take assessments each session to track their progress and set new goals. We encourage students to bring CDs or iPods to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.