Bill Swick Bio PicStudents are not ready to tune a guitar. Save valuable class time by insisting that students do not touch the tuning pegs and have consequences for the students who do. It is only necessary to tune the strings in which the students are playing. If working only on the first string, no need to spend time tuning the remaining strings.

Once a guitar is in tune, it will remain close to pitch from day to day provided the temperature does not radically change, or the level of humidity does not change. If the teaching environment is rather stable, a guitar is remain relatively in tune. Using a pitch pipe or some form of pitch providing device, the teacher should be able to walk around the room and make the minor adjustments to each guitar relatively quickly.

Beginning guitarists by nature are not good at pitch matching and frequently have difficulty distinguishing if a pitch is higher or lower than the desired pitch being matched. This skill will come with time. The more students hear the tuned pitches of the open strings, the quicker they will “memorize” the intervals between the strings.

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