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I am just starting out playing the acoustic guitar and I know the basic strings go EADGBE but when I am tuning my guitar it says D is C no matter how I tune it. This may be a really obvious question but like I said I am new to this so if you could help me out that would be great!

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You say 'it says' - what says? Are you talking about a guitar tuner? Please elaborate so we can answer your question better. Also, you make it sound like you can't tune it up to a D at all. Is this the case? –  Poben Apr 15 at 22:12
    
Please identify the tuner, or tuning method. I can remember a related issue from my first days -- not cinching the string around the tuning post. If you haven't secured the string well enough, it may be slipping under tension. I typically wrap one coil around the tuner post above the string hole, then wrap the remainder below the string hole. The upper and lower coils then draw taut and sandwich the string and help secure it. –  Kirk A Apr 16 at 2:00
    
By it says I mean my guitar tuner yes but I think I got my problem fixed and just had to turn the tuning key a little further, I just get scared when doing so because I've heard about strings breaking if you turn it too far and I never know how far is too far! –  user10296 Apr 16 at 4:48
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Please describe more what do you do, what do you expect to happen and what happens instead. –  Audrius Meškauskas Apr 16 at 6:42

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Either your guitar tuner is broken or your "D" string keeps slipping down to "C", which means your tuning knob is broken.

Have you tried tuning with a piano -if you have one available- ?
Are you tuning with a tuner that responds to sound, or to vibration?

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