Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Way to Tune

I tend to use tuners in the studio and even live. But sometimes I disagree with the results. I will often fine tune in this manner...

Tuning octaves assuming the low e-string is in tune:

2nd fret 4th string to the open 6th string
Open 3rd string to the 3rd fret 6th string
Now the G string should be in tune so tune the open 5th to the A on the G string (2nd fret 3rd string)
Now the A string is in tune, tune the B string to the 2nd fret 5th string
Fine tune the open D string to the 3rd fret 2nd string, may not need adjustment
Tune the high E string to the 2nd fret 4th string
And lastly fine tune the G string to the 3rd fret first string

Complex at first, but a great way to get the open position in tune. Learned it studying classical guitar at Butler (Go Bulldogs)

Some tuners for your perusal...

Korg CA-40 Large Display Auto Chromatic Tuner - great cheap one to have in every case.  Turns off on it's own.  Long battery life.

Have an iPhone? Get this cord and download the app. Peterson 3.5mm - 1/4in iPhone/iTouch Adapter Cable, White

Need to impress someone? A producer? Peterson VS-F StroboFlip Virtual Strobe Tuner

Clip on tuner... Intelli IMT-600 Guitar, Violin and Chromatic Clip-on Tuner

Seeing this one on a lot of pedal boards, very cool... TC Electronic PolyTune Poly-Chromatic Tru-Bypass Pedal Tuner