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post Apr 6 2009, 06:46 PM
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Can anyone explain to me the Nashville tuning system, and how it works? I know that many (most) country players use it, but what is the guitar actually tuned to? What is this system exactly?


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post Apr 6 2009, 09:14 PM
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Here's a tutorial I've taken from one site that explains how to tune the guitar in Nashville tuning.

Step1
Replace the low E string with a lighter gauge string. In Nashville tuning, the four lowest strings are re-tuned an octave higher than normal, so lighter strings are needed to prevent string breaks. For an electric guitar, replace the low E string with a 0.022- to 0.032-gauge string. For an acoustic guitar, Nashville tuning requires a 0.030- to 0.038-gauge string.
Step2
Replace the A string. For an electric guitar, replace the A string with an unwound 0.014- to 0.019-gauge string. Some guitarists may prefer to use a heavier, wound string when using Nashville tuning, with 0.022- to 0.026-gauge being popular choices. Acoustic guitars will be well served in Nashville tuning by wound 0.022- to 0.026-gauge strings.
Step3
Replace the D string. For an electric guitar, an unwound 0.011- to 0.013-gauge string is best for Nashville tuning. Acoustic guitars use slightly heavier strings, so look for unwound 0.012- to 0.014-gauge strings.
Step4
Replace the G string. For an electric guitar, replace the G string with an unwound 0.008- to 0.0013-gauge string. For an acoustic guitar, use an unwound 0.010- to 0.013-gauge string with Nashville tuning.
Step5
Tune the replaced strings one octave higher than standard. In standard tuning, the A string on a guitar produces the same pitch as the first A below middle C on a piano, at a frequency of 440Hz. So, in Nashville tuning, the low string will sound the first E above middle C, the A string sounds the first A above middle C and so on.


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post Apr 6 2009, 11:35 PM
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The explanation Ivan posted is really awsome because it explains how you tune the guitar regarding the strings you have to use to support that tuning.

Nashville tuning is

6-E4
5-A4
4-D5
3-G5
2-B4
1-E5

You can say that the register of the guitar goes shorter because the lower note is up an octave from the standard tuning.

Copared to Standard tuning

6-E3
5-A3
4-D4
3-G4
2-B4
1-E5

The voicings are more narrow you can say than in standard tuning where the register is more wide.


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post Apr 7 2009, 12:40 AM
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Wow! That sure explains it all. Thanks very,very much for all the help.


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post Apr 7 2009, 11:21 AM
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No prob mate, glad to help smile.gif


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post Apr 8 2009, 12:15 PM
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Frank Gambale uses another cool tuning.

He tunes the two highest strings down an octave and tunes all of the strings up a prefect fourth.


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post Apr 8 2009, 12:41 PM
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QUOTE (Oxac @ Apr 8 2009, 01:15 PM) *
Frank Gambale uses another cool tuning.

He tunes the two highest strings down an octave and tunes all of the strings up a prefect fourth.


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post Apr 9 2009, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Apr 8 2009, 01:41 PM) *
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post Apr 9 2009, 10:14 PM
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He's a maestro - thanks for sharing this! smile.gif


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post Apr 9 2009, 10:34 PM
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Thanks for the turotil I will try it out.


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post Apr 9 2009, 10:40 PM
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Thanks for these instructions !! Didn't know about this tuning smile.gif


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