How to Tune a Vihuela


The vihuela is a five-stringed instrument with origins in Spain. The vihuela is used similar to a rhythm guitar and most commonly used to make Spanish-style music. Tuning a vihuela is not hard, but you will need a chromatic tuner unless you have excellent ears for discerning musical tones.

Things You'll Need

  • Chromatic Tuner (recommended)
  • Bring your vihuela and your tuner to a quiet room where the tuner will not be distracted by other sounds and where you can concentrate.

  • Begin with the bottom string and tune it to an "E." Move on to the second-to-bottom strong and tune it to "B."

  • Tune the third-from-bottom string to a "G." Tune the fourth-from-bottom string to a "D." Finally, tune the top string to an "A." Replay each string to make sure tuning the others didn't affect them. Adjust as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • To achieve that signature vihuela sound, always tune up, rather than down.

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