It has to be one of the most frustrating things for any new guitar owner planning on learning electric guitar.
You get your brand new guitar out of its box, fit the shoulder strap and pick up your plectrum and your plugged in to the amp and ready to go. But hang on whats this, this doesn't sound like a riff from your favourite tune or a memorable chord that you've been dreaming of playing. It sounds more like a wailing cat.
Don't worry its not your guitar skills that the problem, its just the guitar that needs re tuning.
Tuning your guitar is not difficult to do, but it is important that you do it or you won't stand a chance of sounding anything like you want to. This article discusses an easy way of tuning your guitar. Click here to find out more - tuning your guitar
OK you've just bought your first guitar, you've unpacked it and wiped it down and now your ready to start playing it.
Well actually no!
There are a couple of things you need to do first.
One of those, in fact arguably the most important is tuning your guitar, or in layman's terms tightening the strings to the point where they sound right.
But you won't magically know how to tune your guitar, this is something you need to learn how to do.
And even then once you've tuned your guitar, it won't stay like that, you'll probably have to tweak it every time your get it out and certainly if it hasn't been played for a while or if you've just replaced the strings.
This article deals in depth with how to tune your guitar