Tuning your guitar by ear can be inaccurate, and who wants to have a physical tuner laying around? It's just an extra piece of unneeded equipment.

We have combed through the most popular guitar course's features and compared the top courses with an online guitar tuner in the table below:


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Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the guitar lessons' features, tools, quality, support, and personal & user reviews to save you time!

Rating: 98.2%
Rating: 96.8%
Rating: 79.2%
Lesson Format

Since guitar lessons are offered in many different formats, we classify each one we review to distinguish between them quickly (online lessons are our favorite).

Online Videos
& Community
Online Videos
& Community
Videos, PDFs
& Software
Video Quality

If these lessons offer video instruction (and we hope they do), this gives an idea of how well-filmed the videos are.

Extremely High Extremely High Extremely High
Total Lessons

The number of lessons offered by this community/instructor (and the total lesson time if available).

6,000+ Lessons
1,172 Hours
8,000 Lessons
1,000+ Hours
208 Lessons
10+ Hours
Teachers

One benefit of Online and DVD lessons is the ability to learn from multiple instructors with different backgrounds, genres and skills.

80 Teachers 45 Teachers 1 Teacher
Full Review

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Beginner

Does this product/service offer beginner guitar lessons? This is the most common level, crucial for getting started at any age.

Intermediate

Do they also have lessons beyond the beginner level? Once you've mastered the basics, you'll want intermediate lessons.

Advanced

Some teachers even have lessons designed for advanced players that have moved through beginner and intermediate lessons.

Song Lessons

Want to learn popular songs on the guitar? Some instructors work hard to get license deals to teach you specific songs step-by-step.

Live Lessons

The most efficient way to learn guitar is in-person live lessons. Some premium services offer live lessons through webcam & chat.

Tuner

Will buying these lessons give you access to a free guitar tuner?

Chord Library

Chords are the building blocks of all guitar playing. Having a chord library where you can easily look up specific chords is essential.

Scale Library

Scales are great exercises and can expand your soloing horizons. Scale libraries organize them by key and style to save you time.

Forum

Forums are a great resource to get answers to your questions from instructors and other students quickly and easily.

Live Chat

Though getting answers on a forum can be really helpful, sometimes you need an answer in real-time, so chat is even better.

Delivery

Delivery refers to how you will receive your guitar lessons and how long it will take to get access and start learning guitar.

Instant (Online) Instant (Online) Instant (Online)
Price

The current price of guitar lessons (not including any coupon codes, trials or discounts we find for you.)

$19.95/month $14.95/month $10/month
Cost/Lesson

Price divided by total lessons. Note: For online lessons, we use the annual membership price.

$0.03 / Lesson $0.02 / Lesson $0.36 / Lesson
Best Deal

To help you save money, we find deals and coupon codes for each of the guitar lessons we review.

Get 25% OFF
your 1st month!
14-Day
Free Trial
$60 for a year
($5/month)
Guarantee

The guarantee tells you how long you can try these guitar lessons and get a full refund of your money if it doesn't work out.

30-Day, 100%
Money Back
60-Day, 100%
Money Back
60-Day, 100%
Money Back
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Tuner

Here’s the thing – You can know exactly what to play and when to play it, but if your instrument is not tuned, it’s never going to sound right. Therefore, keeping your guitar in tuned is one of the most important, if not the most important thing for beginners.

It will take some time to develop an “ear” for music. What this essentially means is that advanced musicians with an “ear” for music are able to pick out notes in, say, a melody and be able to transcribe it into sheet music. Veteran musicians may also be able to tune by the ear, something that you’ll develop over time. Thankfully for beginners, easier methods of tuning like electronic guitar tuners exist.

The Guitar Strings

There are six strings on your acoustic or electric guitar. The names of the guitar strings, from lowest to highest (or thickest to skinniest strings) are:

  • E
  • A
  • D
  • G
  • B
  • E

A lot of beginners find an acronym to remember the strings by like Every Adult Dog Growls Barks Eats. It’s important that you learn the name of the strings because guitarists need to easy know where they can find notes on the guitar as well as for tuning purposes.

Types of Guitar Tuners

Before you begin your guitar lesson, you need to tune the guitar. It is possible to tune the instrument without anything but a couple of good ears, though it is highly recommended that a beginner invest in one of the following tuning devices:

  • Electronic Chromatic Tuner
  • Electronic Non-Chromatic Tuner
  • Tuning Fork

Electronic guitar tuners are by far the most popular and for good reason. Guitarists simply connect the cable from the guitar itself to the electronic tuner. When you pluck an open string (open string = non-fretted), the electronic tuner reads the string and lets you know if it’s sharp or flat. The guitarist then adjusts the tuning peg for the string until it’s fully in-tune. This is where knowing the names of the strings comes into use because you need to make sure the instrument is tuned to (from low to high) E-A-D-G-B-E.

Chromatic electronic tuners are slightly more expensive, but worth the extra cost. Non-chromatic tuners work too, but you may have to get a reference pitch because the tuner will only respond when your strings are close to the correct pitches.

Means to a reference pitch:

  • Tuning Fork
  • Piano
  • Another Guitar
  • Other Instruments
  • Other Tone Generators

A more seasoned guitarist will be able to tune the guitar to itself. It’s a complicated process that only becomes easier with experience and practice. The piano and tuning fork are widely the two most popular ways to get a reference pitch. Once you have a reference pitch, it is possible to tune the guitar via a process called Relative Tuning.

Relative tuning works like this: As long as the strings are in tune in a certain relationship with each other, you, the guitarist, can create sonorous and harmonious tones. As long as you tune the strings relative to one another, the guitar will be in tune.

The Fifth-Fret Relative Tuning Method goes as followed:

  • Play 5th Fret on the 6th (low-E) string, then play the open 5th on the next string down (A)
  • Let both notes ring together. Their pitches should match exactly. Adjust the tuning peg on the 5th string until the two match. NOTE: Slowly make adjustments on the tuning peg. If you adjust too aggressively it will simply keep going from sharp to flat and take forever to tune.
  • Play 5th fret on the 5th (A) string, then play the open 4th string. Match the pitch.
  • Play 5th fret on the 4th (D) string, then play the open 3rd string. Match the pitch.
  • Repeat same process down the guitar until all strings are relatively tuned.

Relatively tuning will take some time to master. It’s something that you should definitely attempt to pick-up after a few months playing because you’ll never know when you might be at a gig, etc and forget your electronic tuner. Relatively tuning will be your savior!