Beginners Electric Guitar Lessons

Before setting the world on fire with your amazing guitar skills, there’s one or two core things you’ll need to get under your belt first. Read on for the beginners electric guitar lessons every guitarist should complete.

  1. How to tune your instrument
  2. How to string a guitar
  3. How to read guitar tabs (Tablature)

In the following beginners electric guitar lessons we’ll walk you through every step of the way. So let’s get started!

How To Tune a Guitar

In the first of our short series of beginners electric guitar lessons you’re going to learn one of the foundational skills every guitarist should know; How to tune a guitar.

There are two fundamentally different ways of tuning a guitar. You can either choose to tune each of the seperate strings to a strict reference note, such as an electronic tuner; or you could get one of your strings in tune and then tune all the others in relation to that one.

If you prefer to tune from a reference note, I’ve provided an audio sample below for you. Simply follow the steps below.

When you press play below, you will hear each of the six strings played 3 times. The best way to get your guitar in tune using this method is to listen to the first note and then try and get your guitar tuned as close as possible. Then simply use the subsequent notes to tune it more precisely.

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When you don’t have the luxury of a reference like the audio above, it is important to know how to tune a guitar in relation to the other strings.

So, in order to help you out and add more to these beginners electric guitar lessons, I’ve outlined some simple instructions below that explain how to tune a guitar using the most basic method aswell.

First let’s look at the strings on the guitar.

  • E – the thickest and lowest sounding string is known as the 6th string
  • A – is the 5th
  • D – is the 4th
  • G – is the 3rd
  • B – is the 2nd
  • E – the thinest and highest open string is the 1st

This is known as standard tuning, and is the tuning that most guitarists use.

How to tune a guitar

Here’s how to achieve standard tuning without using the audio above:

  1. Tune the 6th string by using some sort of reference note. (e.g. From a piano/tuning fork etc.)
  2. Sound the 5th fret on the 6th string and then play the open 5th string at the same time. Tune the 5th string up or down till it matches the note made by the 6th string.
  3. Play the 5th fret on the 5th string and the open 4th string together. Tune the 4th string to meet the 5th string.
  4. Play the 5th fret of the 4th string and the open 3rd string together. Tune the 3rd string to meet the 4th.
  5. Play the 4th fret on the 3rd string and the open 2nd string together. Tune the 2nd string to the 3rd string.
  6. Play the 5th fret of the 2nd string and the open 1st string together. Tune the 1st string to the 2nd string.

Well Done! You’re Guitar should now hopefully be in tune!

You’ll find more beginners electric guitar lessons on the menu to the left. Take a look!

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