All string instruments go out of tune at times. This is why you should tune your instrument at the start of each session.
You can use GuitarTuna to tune 6, 7 and 12 string guitars, ukulele, bass, mandolin, violin, and other stringed instruments. In addition to standard tunings, you can pick from over a 100 popular tunings such as power tunings, open tunings, half and full step down, chromatic tuning and many others. Standard tunings are available for free, while other tunings require a subscription to access.
To switch between tunings and instruments, tap on the name of the tuning in the Tune tab. From the menu that opens, you can browse through all of the supported instruments and tunings.
Auto and manual tuning
You can pick between two tuning options:
- Auto (selected by default) and
When you access the tuner, the Auto mode is toggled green. This means that when you pluck a string, the tuner suggests which string you are tuning. When you pluck a string, the tuner shows if you need to tune the string up (too low) or down (too high). Pluck the string and adjust the peg as needed. The string is in tune when the "needle" hovers in the middle of the tuner window.
To access manual mode, tap on any of the strings on the tuner screen. When you tap a string, you hear a sound indicating what the tuned string sounds like. Pluck the string and adjust the peg based on the information displayed on the screen. Manual mode is particularly useful if you are tuning new strings for the first time or if the strings are too out of tune.
Check out our blog post for more guitar tuning tips.
Change guitar headstock
When you access the guitar tuner, the headstock is set to match an acoustic guitar. You can change the headstock by tapping the name of the tuning.
From the menu that opens, you can pick between 3+3 or 6-in-line, depending on your preference.