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HAWAIIAN GUITAR notes & strings

heavier fourth, fifth and sixth strings are wound or wire-

The strings are tuned differently from those of a regular
guitar, the strings from left to right being tuned E, A, E, A,
C#, E (Fig. 43). When the open strings are struck, they pro-
duce a perfect A-chord. Fig. 43 shows the piano notes to which
the strings of the guitar correspond.

Tune your Hawaiian Guitar, one string at a time, by striking
the note on the piano to which it corresponds and then tighten-
ing or loosening the string. If no piano is available, use a pitch
pipe, which your music store will provide.

If you use a pitch pipe for tuning, you must tune each string
a full octave lower than the tone produced by the pipe. You
can check your tuning by "stopping" each string at the twelfth
fret, which means to put a finger on the string at a point just
above the fret. Then pick the string and, if correctly tuned, it
should produce the same tone as the pipe for that string. This
is because "stopping" the string at the twelfth fret raises its
tone a full octave.


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