At 2/27/13 05:26 AM, Chemich wrote:
If you've been playing guitar for more than two years steadily and haven't learned to tune by ear, you're doing it completely wrong and need to start doing things the right way. Took me only a year to get a hand on how to tune guitars by ear, but seriously now it's not hard to do (unless if you're tone deaf.)
Playing guitar won't necessarily get you a good ear. But you can be a great musician, and be able to tune a guitar by ear right from the start.
To be safe, even if you are Joe Satriani, you are going to tune digitally.
A few other tricks I recommend are using the harmonic on 5th and 7th. Get good at matching the harmonics swirling.
If you fret with your left hand, get used to using the tuning knobs with your right hand.
If you are playing a live gig, you actually might not have time to tune before hand (arrive late, another band doesn't show up).
Check yourself seriously. Hit a piano key to an E. Tune to it and use it as your reference pitch. Then, tune the rest of the strings entirely by ear. After, check your "by ear" tuning to an extremely accurate guitar pedal.