A mini guitar, also known as a guitalele 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?
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
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.