When I first started playing guitar, I didn't realize the significance of having my instrument in tune. If you don't have your guitar in tune, then it can be difficult to assess if your playing is the problem or perhaps some of your strings are off a bit. So, my suggestion is to always try and tune up your guitar before you practicing or playing!
With that being said, I'd like to introduce you to a terrific product I discovered from my friend Jack Shanahan over at Jack's Guitar Garage. The Snark SN1 Guitar Tuner is a popular, lightweight LCD tuner that clips directly onto the headstock of your guitar. It has a nice, big display, making it easy for you to quickly read the string name and can be used on an acoustic or electric guitar. What's also neat about this tuner is that the display rotates 360 degrees, so it's easy and simple to adjust.
When you are in tune, the note name lights up green in the center, otherwise you'll see the color red if it's too low and yellow if it's too high. In order to have the note in tune, you'll need to adjust the tuning pegs either higher or lower. Most of the time I tune my guitar to a standard EADGBE tuning. However, it's simple to use the Snark and change the tuning based on your personal preference (for example: DADGBE is another popular tuning, where you drop the low E down to a D). The Snark also comes with a handy built-in metronome to help with determining the bpm (beats per minute) for a song.
There are lots of ways to tune a guitar, and I even created a free video to help you online. However, I highly recommend this portable tuner and have been using it consistently for the past couple of years. It looks great, is really easy to use and does the job you expect it to. On Amazon.com, the Snark SN1 currently costs about $10 and has over 6,000 reviews with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating! If you are serious about improving on the guitar, I would invest in a good quality tuner and use it often to help give you the best opportunity for your guitar playing to sound great.
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