Stringing my guitar and tuning it (Standard tuning)

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New strings
My new D’Addario Medium Light strings. They have a full, bright tone?

It took some time, but I was finally able to string my guitar with new D’Addario Medium Light strings. This is the process I worked through. Using pliers, I gently tugged the bridge pins from the bridge, removed the old strings and then placed the ball end of each new string into their respective bridge hole. I then inserted the end of each string through the hole of each tuning-post. Next I had wind each string around its post. I found an informative video on YouTube demonstrating how to string a guitar and do a funky little loop around each post. I had to watch it a couple of times just to get the direction of the loop right.
All up, it took me about 45 minutes to finish stringing my guitar. Now it’s time to tune it.

I used Guitar Tuna to tune my guitar. It's good for guitar newbies like me!
Guitar Tuna! The polygraph test line-on-graph-paper style, individually labelled strings and Tune up or Tune down instructions made it easier for a total guitar beginner like me tune each string.

I had tried using a number of different guitar tuner apps to tune my guitar. I had even tried using the web-based guitar tuner. I felt like they were more suited to people with a bit more guitar experience than me. That’s ok. I just needed something with a little more instructional scaffolding.  That’s why I liked I Guitar TUNA! I was able to select the string on the app I wanted to tune, pick the same string on the guitar and then adjust the tuning key according to the feedback provided by the coloured line drawn by the pen on the graph paper and the Tune up or Tune down instructions that were displayed. Once the line was drawn in the middle of the graph paper and coloured green I knew that the string was tuned. I then followed the same process for the remaining strings. With more experience and the need to play songs with alternate tunings, I might find Guitar TUNA! restrictive, but for now it’s my tuner of choice.


6 thoughts on “Stringing my guitar and tuning it (Standard tuning)

    Ted Major said:
    February 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Excellent! The good news is next time is easier.

      rowan_peter responded:
      February 12, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Great to hear it gets easier!
      I was nervous about the possibility of breaking a string or some other part of the guitar, but it worked out okay!

    mellohmars said:
    February 12, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Nice to hear it didn’t take that long to string. I phoned my cousin this morning to get the story of the guitar and he asked if I had ever restrung it. Oh no I thought! He encouraged me to give it a go, and now reading this post of yours Rowan, I’m going to give it a go. My fingers are really taking a beating, which is a good thing, but I might try some lighter strings. Although my cousin said it won’t sound as nice it will play a lot nicer. How are you finding the medium light strings (I’m assuming steel by the photo) on your fingers? Thanks for the post.

      rowan_peter responded:
      February 12, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Thanks for the comment Mellohmars!

      Yes! String your guitar yourself. I found it nerve-wracking and fun at the same time. I made some mistakes with winding each string around the tuning-posts, but that’s okay. I’ll do it better next time.

      The medium-light strings are going well. My fingers are a bit sore, but that’s to be expected.

        bryanjack said:
        February 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        Until you get strumming loudly, and maybe advance past the callous-y fingers part of learning, the lights/medium lights should do you just fine. The heavier gauge strings can last a bit longer, but you shouldn’t be blowing through your lights anytime soon just starting out.

      rowan_peter responded:
      February 12, 2013 at 7:09 am

      I’m also looking forward to reading your post about your adventures in stringing your guitar!

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