Standard tuning

crossnote tuning sheet music
Tuning the guitar
Date posted: 20 December 2023


Among the universe of stringed instruments, Standard tuning, which is the guitar's most popular tuning by far, is actually quite complex. For comparison, violins, mandolins, and cellos are tuned in string intervals of 5ths; string basses are tuned in intervals of 4ths. However, Standard tuning on the guitar is like an odd Frankenstein; in Standard tuning, the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th strings of the guitar are tuned like a string bass (in 4ths that is), but the 2nd string is actually tuned as a 3rd (relative to the 3rd string)!

These versions of Standard tuning are organized from highest to lowest pitch. By playing-back the Musescore tablature, you can match your guitar's strings to the pitch playback and get into the right tuning.

i) F Bb Eb Ab C F

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iii) Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb


v) Db Gb B E Ab Db

vi) C F Bb Eb G C

viii) BEADF#B