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#TipTuesday – Mastering tuning

Learning how to tune your instrument is a big step on the way to mastering your instrument.

Without tuning, playing songs will never sound right! Here are some tips to go through with your child on how to tune your instrument:

Tune upwards

The correct method of tuning is to go a bit below the desired pitch (loosen the string), than go up to the right pitch (tighten the string). Doing this will help avoid the string getting out of tune, and becoming flat during play. Your final twist of the peg should always make the string tighter. Of all these guitar tuning tips, this is most important since so many people get it wrong.

Feeling hot hot hot

Avoid leaving your instrument in extreme temperature conditions – strings stretch when too hot or too cold – or if you do, make sure you retune before you start playing again.

New strings need playing in

After getting new strings, you’ll need to tune more frequently until your strings stretch into place.

Care for your instrument

Don’t leave your instrument with its neck resting on the ground. The tuning pegs will invariably brush up against the surface and turn by accident. Use the case or a stand!

Tune! Tune! Tune!

It’s best practice to tune your instrument every time you pick it up.

Listen very carefully

Tuning with your ear is good and will help you develop a musicians ear, so once you’ve played enough and can hear pitch alterations, first tune by ear, than maybe double check with an electric tuner.

 

 

 

Want some help at home?

Take a look at our YouTube Channel – we’ve lots of handy videos including how to tune your instrument!

 

 

 

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