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post Jul 6 2007, 09:30 AM
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Hey, there's a couple of songs I'd like to try out on my guitar, and they are listed as being played in 'standard tuning, downtuned one half step'. Super...I know what a half step means, but I have absolutely no ear for tuning and if I try to do it by ear it ends up just sounding all out of tune. Is there a way to use a tuner to get it right?
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post Jul 6 2007, 09:31 AM
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Instead of tuning your Low E string to. Well E, tune it to Eb (D#).
Then just go from there all the way down the strings!!!!

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post Jul 7 2007, 12:31 AM
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QUOTE (kebsis @ Jul 6 2007, 05:30 AM) *
Hey, there's a couple of songs I'd like to try out on my guitar, and they are listed as being played in 'standard tuning, downtuned one half step'. Super...I know what a half step means, but I have absolutely no ear for tuning and if I try to do it by ear it ends up just sounding all out of tune. Is there a way to use a tuner to get it right?


Do you have a capo?....if so place it across the strings on the first fret. Tune your guitar to standard tuning and remove capo...presto tuned down one half step. just a little cheat for ya. smile.gif

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post Jul 7 2007, 12:57 AM
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QUOTE (rokchik @ Jul 7 2007, 01:31 AM) *
Do you have a capo?....if so place it across the strings on the first fret. Tune your guitar to standard tuning and remove capo...presto tuned down one half step. just a little cheat for ya. smile.gif

That was clever! Simple and clever. biggrin.gif

Or if you don't have a capo (like me, I dont') get a tuner that can manage downtuning.


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post Jul 7 2007, 01:06 AM
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Hey kebsis -



You can find free tuners all over the internet. just google "guitar tuner" and you'll stumble across a few. There should also be some that allow you to set them down a half step too.



Or, you can also place your finger on the 6th fret of your A string and tune your E string down to that, and then simply tune the rest to your E string.



And finally, you can find a song that you like that is tuned a half step down and listen to when/if there is a open E note in the song and try and tune to that.



Hope that helps!

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post Jul 7 2007, 01:09 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jul 6 2007, 08:57 PM) *
That was clever! Simple and clever. biggrin.gif

Or if you don't have a capo (like me, I dont') get a tuner that can manage downtuning.


Or just fret each string individually ( if no capo) at the first fret with your finger and tune to standard.

My tuner dosen't downtune so have to be inventive until I get a new one sad.gif

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so different tunings are the difference between cheep tuners and expencive ones cause i have seen expencive ones and wonderd why they were that price


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You could also put in Runnin' with the Devil. That opening bass line is the open E dropped 1/2 step. Tune to that and go from there. I love Rokchik's Capo deal! Never have thought of that. I just picked up a tuner on Wednesday that will give you all sorts of tunings - KORG CA-30 for $20.


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