Tuning a guitar - high E string help!! Watch

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I just bought a guitar recently and overnight my high E string has become an E flat. I’m a bit scared to sharpen it as will need a lot of sharpening and I don’t want to break the string, as it’s the easiest to break...any advice?!!
Also if the strings continuously go flat and I keep sharpening them slightly, won’t they all eventually snap?
I broke a tonne of strings on the violin when I first started and don’t want the same to happen here. Also FYI I don’t do lessons so don’t have a teacher to ask...
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New strings will go flat while they've not settled. Just retune, you should have plenty of slack for correcting the tuning.
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New strings will go flat while they've not settled. Just retune, you should have plenty of slack for correcting the tuning.
Yeah but will it break if I go from an E flat to an E, literally semi tone sharper...?
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Yeah but will it break if I go from an E flat to an E, literally semi tone sharper...?
No. You're talking going all the way up to B before it snaps in my experience (I ****ed up drop tunings and went up an octave instead when I first started)
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No. You're talking going all the way up to B before it snaps in my experience (I ****ed up drop tunings and went up an octave instead when I first started)
Ok...just that I also managed to break some other D sting on guitar a while ago and rly don’t want to break this...

But like you said, they go flat at first - if I keep sharpening them when they’re flat, won’t they eventually snap? And when do they stay normal? Just wish they had the turning knobs at the bottom like the violin as well as the ones as the top haha...
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Good quality guitar and steel strings should be able to be tightened quite a bit as someone else said high e should easily go past a b from new (it's normal for steel/metal strings to break within 6months nominal or daily use). To stop your new strings from "stretching" more and losing tuning you should pull the string quite tight in the middle, like a bow and arrow, you will probably find new strings will stretch a lot doing this and need tuned up a few notes afterwards (technical term is work hardening- once the metal has been stressed to a certain point and relaxed, further stress will be purely elastic and it won't stretch again).
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