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Animosity
post Apr 23 2007, 03:44 AM
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Hello everyone, I just bought an electric guitar about a month or so ago. I am having a hard time figuring out how to tune my guitar to a pentatonic scale, no matter what I do, I just can't get it to sound right. Are there any tuning tutorials on here? Sorry, I tried looking but couldn't find some, perhaps I am just too new. dry.gif
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post Apr 23 2007, 03:56 AM
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Do you have an automatic tuner? If not they can be pretty cheap and they'll tell you exactly wht to do when you need to tune your guitar.


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post Apr 23 2007, 05:02 AM
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Ok, thank you. I'll hit up the local Guitar Center to search for one. smile.gif
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post Apr 23 2007, 05:14 AM
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Theres also many sites on the internet that provides..the right pitch..taht all you ahve to do is match your guitar pitch with it......but tuners are alot easier...


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post Apr 23 2007, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE (Animosity @ Apr 22 2007, 10:44 PM) *
Hello everyone, I just bought an electric guitar about a month or so ago. I am having a hard time figuring out how to tune my guitar to a pentatonic scale, no matter what I do, I just can't get it to sound right. Are there any tuning tutorials on here? Sorry, I tried looking but couldn't find some, perhaps I am just too new. dry.gif


Hi Animosity - are you sure you want to tune to a pentatonic scale? That is pretty unusual ...


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post Apr 23 2007, 04:03 PM
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If you want to tune it standard try this:
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/tuner.php


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post Apr 23 2007, 07:19 PM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 23 2007, 09:59 AM) *
Hi Animosity - are you sure you want to tune to a pentatonic scale? That is pretty unusual ...


Heh unsure.gif . I am trying to pick up guitar because I was influenced by the music that I listen too(Led Zepplin, Metallica, Pearl Jam, U2, Van Halen, etc, etc). I looked for some free instructional videos online and came across one of Zakk Wylde playing a pentatonic lesson, tried to tune my guitar to his video, but was unsuccessful. I really don't know where to start(or how to tune), but I would love to practice some kind of music similiar to what inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place. biggrin.gif Any suggestions would be well recieved!

As far as tuners go are there different ones for different scales? I really don't understand how they work. sad.gif Also, I don't know if this makes a difference, the guitar I bought is a Squier Strat(if you recomend starting with another one please let me know).


QUOTE (Robin @ Apr 23 2007, 10:03 AM) *
If you want to tune it standard try this:
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/tuner.php


Oh this is an interesting site, thank you!

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post Apr 23 2007, 08:00 PM
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QUOTE (Animosity @ Apr 23 2007, 02:19 PM) *
Heh unsure.gif . I am trying to pick up guitar because I was influenced by the music that I listen too(Led Zepplin, Metallica, Pearl Jam, U2, Van Halen, etc, etc). I looked for some free instructional videos online and came across one of Zakk Wylde playing a pentatonic lesson, tried to tune my guitar to his video, but was unsuccessful. I really don't know where to start(or how to tune), but I would love to practice some kind of music similiar to what inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place. biggrin.gif Any suggestions would be well recieved!

As far as tuners go are there different ones for different scales? I really don't understand how they work. sad.gif Also, I don't know if this makes a difference, the guitar I bought is a Squier Strat(if you recomend starting with another one please let me know).
Oh this is an interesting site, thank you!


The way it works is that you tune your guitar to a standard tuning (like the one on the site that robin pointed you to). Then you use different scales (scale - selection of notes) to get various musical effects. Pentatonic is a particular scale, so if you want to play pentatonic, you first tune your guitar to the standard tuning, then learn to play the pentatonic scale smile.gif

A squier strat is a great guitar to start with - maybe you should take a look at Kris' Begionner lessons here as a good place to start - there is a great lesson on scale here.


Hope that helps, if you have any other questions or don't understand, just ask!


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post Apr 23 2007, 10:14 PM
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Thank you very much, you've been sympathetic to my seemingly idiotic questions. I appreciate the patients, and look forward to learning more from you in the future!
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post Apr 24 2007, 03:21 AM
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QUOTE (Animosity @ Apr 23 2007, 03:14 PM) *
Thank you very much, you've been sympathetic to my seemingly idiotic questions. I appreciate the patients, and look forward to learning more from you in the future!



Hey
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There is no such thing as a stupid or idiotic question..... except the question you do not ask. Look at it this way... maybe there is another person or 10 or 100 more people on the site with the same questions who are too shy to ask.

Ya have to ask to get the answer... I suggest checking out Andrew's theory lessons, they'll be a huge help in addition to the Scale and beginner lessons Andrew suggested. I find it best to have a good understanding of what is happening and WHY it happens. That makes it easier to learn HOW to make it happen.

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post Apr 24 2007, 03:18 PM
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QUOTE (Animosity @ Apr 23 2007, 09:14 PM) *
Thank you very much, you've been sympathetic to my seemingly idiotic questions. I appreciate the patients, and look forward to learning more from you in the future!


Ask a question and be a fool for 5 minutes.
Don't ask and be a fool forever smile.gif

Heh, I think I read it from a coca cola bottle a long time ago tongue.gif


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post Apr 25 2007, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Apr 24 2007, 09:18 AM) *
Ask a question and be a fool for 5 minutes.
Don't ask and be a fool forever smile.gif

Heh, I think I read it from a coca cola bottle a long time ago tongue.gif



You should become a philosopher.

Anyways I have a squier Strat. I can jam pretty hard on it they are pretty nice guitars if you don't have tons of money. I don't really have any complaint about them except they are a little noisy but I can deal with it until I get a better one.
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post May 1 2007, 01:17 AM
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Great discussion going on here - I couldn't agree more.

When we are fortunate to have a forum with great people wanting to answer your questions - then why not ask as much as possible...? (after having used the board's search function of course! wink.gif )


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post May 4 2007, 06:08 PM
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Hey just think of it this way..

Your better than you were yesterday, not as good as you will be tomorrow.
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