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Standard guitar tuning

Although guitarists use many different tunings when playing, the most popular one and the one primarily used for bluegrass music is standard guitar tuning. From the lowest string to the highest string the tuning is EADGBE.

When tuning your guitar, don’t turn the peg too hard or fast as it could damage your instrument or break a string. Using a tuner will help you find the notes you’re looking for faster.

Guitar string tuning options:

These are the most common tunings you will encounter in a bluegrass/old-time music setting.

  • Standard guitar tuning - EADGBE
  • Drop D - DADGBE
  • Open G - GBDGBD (the two low strings are tuned up)