Watch the Tuning the Bass By Ear online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Stu Hamm U: Bass Basics

Doesn’t mean physically turning the tuning pegs with your ear! (Although I did have a dream once where a guitarist taught me a song by “bellybutton” - long story). Tuning by ear means being able to tune your Bass without the benefit of a tuner, just by listening to it, or “using your ear”. I’ll show you how to play a 12th fret harmonic to get a nice clear tone to tune with. Then I’ll demonstrate how to use a combination of open strings and fretting on the 5th fret to get your Bass in tune. Now, when someone says to you “Give me an A” you don’t have to assume that they are Canadian!