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If you're stuck with your guitar on a desert island. Or let's just say your phone runs out of battery, here's a way to get it in tune with itself. It won't work if you try to play along with a recording or another instrument, but it'll sound good completely by itself. Let me show you how it works!

So the trick here is that we can use a fretted note on a lower string and match that to an open string. The 5th fret of the low E string is an A note, so that should sound similar to the open A string. And if it doesn't, you'll have to adjust it until it does.

Now we do the same thing, where we use the 5th fret of the A string to tune the open D-string. Same thing again using the 5th fret of the D string to tune the open G string.

And now here comes the annoying exception: to tune the open B string, we have to use the 4th fret of the G string. Not the 5th fret. But other than that it's the same idea. Finally we use the 5th fret of the B string to tune the open E string.

Now we've tuned all the open strings to be in tune with our low E string, so we're in tune with ourselves, but now if you try to play along with one of my lessons for example it might sound awful. But it can be a good trick to know especially if you get lost while tuning, which we'll talk about in the next lesson.

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