How To String A Guitar So It Never Falls Out of Tune

July 6, 2007 at 8:44 am 4 comments

This is the best way I’ve found to string a guitar, and the graphics make it easy to follow.  I’ve seen many guitar players who will wrap a string numerous times around the knob to try to keep it in place…this only allows more and more string to stretch the string out of tune.  Try this instead, (please!).  It requires only minimal adjustments for weather and stretching:

The Best Way to String Your Guitar 

(Disclaimer:  unless you are a super expert and need tons of extra string for alternate tunings).

I am trying to build up by “pads” to play guitar for praise team this week.  I’m glad to have the opportunity to grow a bit, normally whacking o the keyboard:  keeps things exciting.  However, I’ve lost my lovely summer nails over it.  I know….I know.  I hear you shedding tears on my behalf.  I only grow nails on rare occassion when the moon is in line with the fifth star or something, so it is rather a loss to stomach on my part.  (If those who were worshipping only knew what a price was truly paid for them, I’m sure they’d worship at full force, I have no doubt!  :D)

Yesterday I was explaining to a guest in our home, a guitar player that my fingers were VERY sensitive to the hot water  because of the amount of playing needes to reform some pads (I, um, currently have NONE, not having played for some time very seriously).  Here’s his advice to that:  “I can tell you the quickest way I’ve found to get your fingers ready.  Want to hear it?” 

“Sure.”, I said. 

He smiled and said, “Pass them over a candle flame.”


We immediately discussed other techniques (alcohol on them before playing, bleach, etc). 

I said, “But, I’m so sensitive to heat right as it is!  I think I’d have to cry if I did that right now!” 

He just laughed.

Whew.  Talk about prices to pay.

But seriously, people really don’t know what goes into worship.   I’ve discussed our planning and practice schedule with a few people here and there, the emotional expenditure that goes into that one 40 minute time…they usually say, “I had no idea it was that involved.”  Even on a “bad day”…it can take a lot of time and wear and tear.  Thank your people…often and a lot.

So many wars to wage each Sunday just to arrive in grace and give with grace…doing the best with what we’ve been given, and trusting God that it is enough to get the job done well.  I find myself in that place often, recentering on grace.  Grace given, grace poured out.

Give all!  Again and again.

Just as He did, and does.  

Well, off to string my guitar.   Broke a string last night–they are all pretty worn anyway, so I’m off to replace the whole set.  Thanks to my trusty link:   The Best Way to String Your Guitar, I think I can do it with confidence yet again.



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mandythompson  |  July 6, 2007 at 8:49 am

    this IS a great way to string!
    have fun playing, siesta.

  • 2. Patty  |  July 6, 2007 at 10:06 am

    My son Jason will love this post! He broke a string yesterday and has a hard time with this. I know nothing about it but I will print this off for him!!

    Maggie, I love your signature. It is so pretty!!

    Also, if you are going to Nashville in September to Deeper Still, Kim at connorcolesmom and myself have designed a t-shirt., I put the picture of it on my blog. Please look at it if you wish and let me know if you want one. We have an order for 16 as of now and the deadline is July 23rd. Have a blessed weekend!

  • 3. tunz4jesus  |  July 6, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I also string my guitars like this. Sometimes when I switch from guitar to mandolin my fingers split by the nail. I use nu-skin to fix those spots. My students now use it to touch up sore spots. Super glue does the same thing in a pinch. But the best way to toughen up those callouses is…practice.

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