Often people will ask, how hard is it to learn how to teach yourself guitar. Well I found playing the guitar was so much easier than tuning the guitar. In the beginning it would take me almost half my practice time to get my acoustic guitar in tune. Then I was advised to get an electronic tuner and the difference and ease of tuning was music to my ears and everyone else.
This wonderful device could sense what string I was tuning, it has a built in microphone and an indicator to show how you were going, how close or on pitch you were. So it was just a matter of adjusting the string until the tuner let me know each string of my guitar was tuned. When I bought my electronic guitar tuner, the salesperson told me how to tune up and not down and that made a difference too. What this means is you start tuning by loosening the string first and then begin to tune by tightening it until you get it in tune. Tuning up will give you better results. So loosen the string first then start the tightening until you get to the right pitch, the electronic tuner will help you there.
Of course you may not need the electronic tuner if you have a piano and it is in tune, then this is a great reference to start. You can also get other tools like a tuning fork. The sixth string is always the one you start with. This is low E and this is the one you use whatever tool you have as a starting point. Then work your way along the other strings.
A well tuned guitar is a joy, one out of tune can be not the most pleasant to listen to. When you are starting out it can be very frustrating but with patience and perseverance you can become proficient at getting your guitar in tune.
A good idea in the early stages is to get some help. If you have a musical instrument store near you, do what I did, go ask for help. Sure it may cost you a few dollars for a tool but it will be worth it.
I was learning online as I couldn’t get to lessons, my work hours and the lesson times just couldn’t get together. Tuning my acoustic guitar was the only problem, working out everything else was fine.
I had almost given up until I got the electronic tuner, as I said half my practice time would go trying to get the tuning right. An added bonus by going to the store for help was the store assistant showed me exactly how to do it, which string, then which fret until they were all done.
So if you teach yourself guitar online or with books, tutorials, videos etc, then help yourself and make learning more enjoyable by getting help with your guitar tuning.