How to Tune a Mandolin

Mandolin-tuning

In this video, we show you the step by step process of how to tune a Mandolin. Great for beginners.

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hi my name is Brad Laird in this video lesson you’ll learn to tune your mandolin by matching the sound of your strings to mine the tuners are designed to tighten or loosen the string if you make the string tighter the pitch goes up if you loosen the string the pitch goes down in this video I’ll play a string and then you raise or lower the sound of your string until it matches mine if you can’t decide which way to go loosen your string until it definitely sounds lower and then tighten it slowly until it sounds the same as mine first we’ll tune one of the G strings follow the upper g string to the peghead to be sure you turn the correct knob it will be the first to no button on the upper side here as you tune play the string steadily with the pick so that you can hear the note as it changes don’t adjust the tuner unless you can hear the string

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you need to hear the note as u10 if you’re playing the string and turning the tuner and the pitch isn’t changing stop you might be turning the wrong button or picking the wrong string before we start to tune play the g string and turn the button to be sure you know which direction lowers the pitch and which way raises the pitch here’s the sound of my g string raise or lower the pitch of your upper g-string until it matches the sound of mine were you able to get your string sounding like mine replay this video a few times and keep trying if you’re having trouble you’ll soon get the hang of it now that one of your G strings is in tune you need to match the other g string to the one you just tuned

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watch as I tune my other g string first I will move over to the next tuner button because I don’t want to change the string I just tuned while I’m playing both strings I will lower the pitch a little bit and then slowly bring it up so the both strings sound the same that’s it pause the video and tune your other g string when you have them sounding the same you can restart the video next we’ll tune the D string here is the sound of the D string be sure you turn the correct button and match your upper D string to the sound of mine now you should match your other D string

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to the one you just tuned pause the video and when you have them sounding the same restart the video next we’ll tune the a string here’s the sound of the a string make sure you turn the correct button and match your upper a string to mine now you should match your other a string to the one you just tuned pause the video and when you have them sounding the same restart the video next we’ll tune the E string here’s the sound of the E string again be sure you turn the correct button and match your

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upper east string to the sound of mine now you should match your other east string to the one you just tuned pause the video and when you have them sounding the same restart the video and I’ll play each string again for you here’s the sound of the g string here’s the d-string now the a string and finally the E string learning to tune by ear is a valuable skill that you will develop over time if you practice remember the most basic thing you can do to make all your plagues sound better is to be in tune thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time

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