A mini guitar, also known as a guillele is one instrument that creates a lot of confusion when it comes to tuning. So today, we are going to find out how to tune a mini guitar.
The biggest confusion is usually whether to tune it as a guitar or as a ukelele. This instrument is sized like a ukelele, it also has a similar string arrangement with the ukelele.
However, the mini guitar has six strings like a standard guitar. So, it is safe to say that the mini guitar is a mix of a regular guitar and a ukelele.
Now, the main question is, how do you tune the mini guitar? We shall now answer this question.
Understand The Stringing
The first thing to do to properly tune a mini guitar is to understand how the strings work. As mentioned earlier, the mini guitar has six strings like a standard guitar. However, four of the lower strings have the same notes as the four strings of the ukelele.
Tuning The Mini Guitar
First of all, using an e-tuner for the mini guitar will not give you the proper tune for the instrument. This is because the e-tuner is programmed to tune a standard guitar.
So, tuning with e-tuner makes the mini guitar have very low octaves. The strings would also be floppy and sagging.
There are two steps that would work best for tuning a mini guitar. The first would need you to have a standard guitar.
When you place a capo on the fifth fret of a standard guitar, this creates the open notes of a mini guitar. With the notes, you can now tune the mini guitar.
For the second option, you can make use of a clip-on tuner. The important thing about tuning the mini guitar is the pitch.
So, with the clip-on tuner attached to the headstock of the guitar set to chromatic settings you can now tune the mini guitar.
You are to tune the strings as follows:
- First string – A
- Second string- D
- Third string – G
- Fourth string – C
- Fifth string – E
- Sixth string – A
Now, the main issue that comes with tuning a mini guitar is the pitch to use. With the two simple tips in this article, you can easily tune your mini guitar and produce good sound.
It is also important to note that there are other different methods of tuning the mini guitar that could work perfectly.
The two methods mentioned above are key-A based. Some other tools or methods might tune the mini guitar like the standard guitar. The only difference would be that the mini guitar will be tuned to a higher pitch.
For a key E based tuning method tutorial (like a standard guitar), below is a video that would guide you through the process.