Can I tune my Classical Guitar the same way as my Acoustic Guitar?

I use a tuner on my Computer via microphone to tune my Acoustic Guitar. I just recently bought a Classical/Spanish Guitar. There’s no option on my tuner for “Classical” or “Spanish”, only “Guitar: Acoustic 6 String.” Can I use the same method with using the same frequency for each string or are there different frequencies for the Classical Guitar?

Chosen Answer:

I should think that you can; however I’ve never used the tuner on the computer microphone. A classical guitar IS a six-string acoustic guitar, so I should think it would work.

The frequencies shouldn’t be any different.
by: Pam H
on: 31st March 08

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5 Responses to Can I tune my Classical Guitar the same way as my Acoustic Guitar?

  1. Pam H says:

    I should think that you can; however I’ve never used the tuner on the computer microphone. A classical guitar IS a six-string acoustic guitar, so I should think it would work.

    The frequencies shouldn’t be any different.

  2. aimee_lcc says:

    of course

  3. theb48867 says:

    Yes, it will work.
    However, you might want to start working on your ear training by tuning the strings by ear. It takes practice, but it is rewarding when you can finally do it!!!

  4. Rachel_S165 says:

    A classical guitar IS an acoustic guitar. They’re both tuned the same way to the same pitches (frequencies). The same guitar tuner will work for both.

    But as another poster says, you should learn to tune by ear, just in case you ever find yourself wanting to play guitar without your computer handy to tune to.

  5. lexo80 says:

    Yes. Classical guitars are tuned exactly the same way as steel-string acoustics – E A D G B E”. In fact, steel-string acoustics are usually more likely to have alternate tunings than guitars used for classical music, if only because folk and blues players tend to like tuning their guitars in non-standard ways.

    I agree with other posters that it is essential to learn how to tune by ear, or with reference to just one tone – say a note on a keyboard, or even a note from a recording where you know what key the music is in. You won’t be around your computer in every playing situation and shouldn’t need to rely on an electronic tuner. It’s quite possible to tune a guitar relative to itself even without a reference tone, although you run the risk of not being at concert pitch.

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