A bass guitar is not easy to tune especially if youâ€™re a beginner. The sound that the bass guitar produces is the reason why tuners have a hard time tuning it. It produces a low tone that leaves musicians bewildered whether it is in tune or not. The good news about this problem is practice makes it perfect. Constant exposure to a bass guitar tuner would make it easier for you to tune a bass guitar. There is something different with a bass guitar that is in tune that makes the beginner gains some confidence.
Tuning a bass guitar starts from learning the basic of a 4 string electric bass guitar. The standard tuning of a bass guitar, E, A, D, G should be followed.
The initial process begins with the selection of the proper bass guitar tuner. You wonâ€™t have any problems finding one since they are always available in your local music stores. Tuning the bass guitar by ear is possible but such skill requires a lot of time. Since you are just beginning to play, you would have a hard time deciphering the difference of one note from another.
Once you have your bass guitar tuner ready, hold it up to your bass guitar where you usually pluck the strings. Begin with the low E string, that is the thickest one and start plucking. Look at the bass guitar tuner to check if you are in tune. Since you are picking the â€œEâ€ string, if it is in tune, the letter E would light up, if the other letters are the ones that lighted up, then the yielded results mean your strings are out of tune. If the light turns to the letter â€œFâ€ then it means you need to tone down and vice versa if it points to the letter â€œDâ€.
Adjust the turning pegs on the low e-string according to what the bass guitar tuner indicates. To tune up, turn the e-string left and to tune down, turn to the opposite.
This process should also be done to the other strings. Check with the bass guitar tuner if the strings need to be toned up or toned down. Be careful in turning the tuning pegs so the strings wonâ€™t break.