Franklin TaggartFranklin Taggart is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, recording engineer and record producer based in Silver Spring, MD. He's played guitar since 1975 and has been involved in some aspect of performing, recording and composing ever since then. He also is a well known guitar teacher in the Washington, DC area. He has been nominated for many WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association, winning the Traditional Folk Instrumentalist category in 2001. His first CD Falling All the Way has received excellent reviews from a variety of sources and was also nominated for seven WAMMIE's.
Hi! I am Franklin Taggart. I am a guitar player and a guitar teacher. What we are going to be looking at right now are the parts of an electronic tuner for a guitar, so that you can become familiar with how a tuner works. Most important thing I suppose would be the power button. In this case this red button is the power button. When you push it the tuner comes on and on the tuner itself there are several different keys. The two keys with the arrows by them are calibration keys. This allows you to set up a tuner with the piano, guitar, or other instrument and then at the bottom you also have the ability to generate a sound, that particular sound is an A note and the note just above that is a B flat note for instruments like trumpets and clarinets. On the tuner itself there are three LED lights. One is green and two are red. The green one indicates that your string is in tune. The light on the left hand side of your tuner is the flat light. The light on the right hand side is the sharp light. If your string is flat the red light on the left hand side will light. If your string is sharp the light on the right hand side will light. It also has an LED display that shows like a needle going across. Its like an animated needle that focuses when you generate a tone. Also on screen is a display of the note name that you are closest to and also the pitch that you are tuning to. In this case it is A440 hertz. The other part of the tuner that you need to be aware of; this is the input jack. This is for tuning an electric guitar or an electric bass. There are several different kinds of tuners that you can purchase. This is one is just called the Chromatic Tuner which means that it has all twelve notes in the western scale and the other types of tuners that you can buy are instrument specific.
For instance you can buy a tuner specifically for guitar. It has the six notes in the tuner for a standard guitar tuning. You can also buy tuners for basses and also tuners that are specifically designed for any stringed instrument. This particular tuner also has a microphone built right in, so that you can tune acoustic instruments with it as well. So, those are the parts of the tuner. Now, we are going to go through and learn how to tune a guitar string.