A guitar tuner is the easiest way to keep your instrument tuned. You can also do it by ear if you have that gift. In this page, you can tune your guitar with an integrated app, or download a software on your computer.
The standard tuning is the following: E-A-D-G-B-E, the last letter being the high-pitched one.
1. Tune it!
Note: you need to activate flash to see the plugin.
To play a note, just click on the knob. You can adjust the delay the note is automatically replayed from 1 to 9, 1 being the shortest delay. If you want a longer note to be played, click on “Tone” instead of “Guitar”. To advance note by note, select “Auto-Advance” on the right or hit the space bar. To cancel a note being played, press the “Enter button” or click on “Kill” on the right side of the application.
2. Chromatic Tuner
A chromatic tuner allows you to tune differently your guitar, as it includes all the 12 notes of the scale: C, C#, D, D# …
This one uses your computer’s microphone. Don’t hesitate to browse their website, the integrated application above also comes from it.
3. Buy one!
Some guitarists like to have their tuner with them, as it’s often more accurate. On electric-acoustic guitars, especially recent ones, tuners could be integrated. And if not, you can buy one. It’s small, cheap, and useful.
The most popular tuner is the Korg Chromatic Tuner Ca-30. As it’s name shows, it’s a chromatic tuner, so you can tune your guitar to whatever tone you’d like. I personally owned one, before it broke, but if you’re not a brutal viking like me, I guess it will last a very long time before you have to buy another one.
The Boss Tuner and Metronome TU-80 presented on the left is also a very good choice if you want to have both tools in a single device.
On most tuners you can also calibrate Hertz. The standard calibration is 440 Hz.
4. A guitar tuner on your mobile!
This is very handy. If you have a smartphone or a tablet, you can carry your tuner everywhere without having to think about it.
I personally use gStrings, a chromatic tuner found on Google Play Store. Guitar Tuna, for iOS is also a great application. It’s really up to you to decide what is the best one as there are many good tuners at hand.
5. Other tools
You can also use an online metronome, or an offline one, if you don’t have internet everyday. That tool is also available on mobiles and tablets, so you can carry it with you. And it’s also possible to buy a hardware version of it.