In today’s video, I’ll be answering these three questions that deal with the ear training side of things as you tune a guitar:
- Why should you avoid tuning by the “5th Fret” method even though it’s the most common way of learning how to tune?
- Which direction is easier to come from as you tune? Higher or lower?
- How can you tell if a note is out of tune?
It’s funny and I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I’m a little obsessive when it comes to tuning. But, I guess the plus side is that it’s allowed me to really spend time working on my ear, without even realizing I was working on my ear!
Tuning is a great way to develop good ear training habits because you’re forced to hone in on two notes and create the right pitch out of one of them.
My hope is that after watching this video, if you’re one of those people that feel really dependent on tuners, that maybe you would start trying to build up your ears, and learn to rely on your own hearing, instead of a machine. Sure, tuners are great, and I still use them for important times of playing or recording. However, music is a hearing art, so try letting your ears take over every once in a while, okay?.
Well anyway, I could talk forever about this topic, so here’s the video! Three tricks to help your ear as you tune your guitar. Is there anything else that you would add to this list?