How to Tie Classical Guitar Strings - The Metal Wound

Metal Wound Strings.

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Step 1.

Place your guitar on your knees with the head pointing to your left.

Thread the string from left to right through the hole in the Bridge.

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Step 2.

With your right hand take the string and pass up and around the back of the main string

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Step 3.

Now pass the end of the string back through the loop to lie against the bottom of the bridge.

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Close Up.

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Final Stage.

Looking at the bridge from the right along the length of the guitar, the string should bee trapped as shown in the picture left, locking the string and preventing slippage.

Securing at the Head.

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Step 1.

Place your guitar with the head of the instrument resting in your lap and the body resting on the floor or table.

Take hold of the string and feed the loose end down through the hole in the barrel as shown.

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Step 2.

Pass the string back up and hold in the right hand.

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Step 3.

Pass the string across from the right hand to the left hand.

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Step 4.

Now with your left hand pass the loose end underneath the main part of the string

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Step 5.

Take hold of the loose end with your right hand. The knot you are forming with the string is called a Half Hitch.

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Step 6.

With you right hand holding the end pull the string tight and keep it tight.

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Step 7.

Whilst holding tight with the right hand start to turn the tunning peg, in a clockwise direction, with your left hand.

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Step 8.

Keep turning the tunning peg clockwise and you will start to see the Half Hitch knot move as the barrel turns.

You can encourage the movement of the knot by moving your right hand forwards and then backwards in line with the main string.

The knot will eventually line up with the hole in the barrel.

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Step 9.

Carry on turning the tuning peg until the knot has located over the hole and is now in the position shown in the picture.

In this position the knot cannot slip and you can let go with your right hand.

You can now fit the remaining metal wound strings using the same method and tune your guitar.

Loose ends can be cut away.