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Unread 06-01-2006, 06:55 AM   #1
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how do you tune a guitar without a tuner?

i know there is a way to tune a guitar without a tuner. as long as the low e string is tuned you can tune the rest of the strings using the low e string as a referance. is there a chart or something that shows how to do this?

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Unread 06-01-2006, 07:05 AM   #2
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i know there is a way to tune a guitar without a tuner. as long as the low e string is tuned you can tune the rest of the strings using the low e string as a referance. is there a chart or something that shows how to do this?
It requires an ear. While I prefer using harmonics, as a beginner, you'll more than likely won't be able to, so the quick way to doing it is...

The guitar in standard tuning is tuned to EADGBE.

If the low E string is in tune, you just play an A on the low E string, which would be the 5th fret.

You want a diagram... so i guess here's an easy way to do it..

E A D G B E
5 5 5 4 5 X

Now, the number underneath the string is the fret you have to hold down to tune the next string. It's bassicly all on the 5th fret, except for the G String, which you have to play B note which is the 4th fret.


Hope that explains it well enough.
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Unread 06-01-2006, 07:53 AM   #3
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yep that explains it, thank you
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Unread 06-01-2006, 08:16 AM   #4
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Put in Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. The beginning is all open so if you have an ear at all, you can just tune by that. There is also a pitch fork or whatever the heck it is. You have to have an ear for that as well and no what you are doing.
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You have to at least have the low e tuned right and you can tune the rest of the guitar.

Take your low E string and go to the 5th fret and tune your A to your E.

Now take your A string and go to the 5th fret and tune your D to your A.

Now take your D string and go to the 5th fret and tune your G to your D.

Now take your G string and go to the 4th fret and tune your B to your G.

Now take your B string and go to the 5th fret and tune your E to your B.
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Unread 06-01-2006, 08:44 AM   #6
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Y'all need ta git yerself onea them there new fangled electronic tuner thingamajigs.
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Unread 06-01-2006, 09:41 AM   #7
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Each of my acoustics has a tuner in the case. My electrics get tuning information from the amp (Valvetronix).
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Unread 06-01-2006, 11:10 AM   #8
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You can also tune from a piano. Now they are hard to tune! Its actually better to tune from a keyboard instead of a piano since a piano may be slightly out of tune (its harder to notice a piano that is slightly out).

I use a TU-2 live, and I find that when I tune using the pedal, and then tune by ear, there are small differences. Thats annoying!
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Unread 06-01-2006, 11:19 AM   #9
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you can tune from a phone too. a dial tone is generally an F#.
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you can also tune off the harmonics once you're in the general area. That makes the tuning easier to get really acurate.

if your low e is tuned, then play the harmonic of the 5th fret with the harmonic of your a string's 7th fret.

then repeat all the way until you reach your b string... you can compare the low e's harmonics and the high e's, and then tune your b against that.

harmonics are not really that hard to play, just fool around and you'll get the hang of it.
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Unread 06-01-2006, 11:36 AM   #11
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You have to at least have the low e tuned right and you can tune the rest of the guitar.

Take your low E string and go to the 5th fret and tune your A to your E.

Now take your A string and go to the 5th fret and tune your D to your A.

Now take your D string and go to the 5th fret and tune your G to your D.

Now take your G string and go to the 4th fret and tune your B to your G.

Now take your B string and go to the 5th fret and tune your E to your B.
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Unread 06-01-2006, 11:38 AM   #12
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you can tune from a phone too. a dial tone is generally an F#.
That... is weird.
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you can tune from a phone too. a dial tone is generally an F#.
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Unread 06-01-2006, 01:42 PM   #15
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I usually tune by harmonics.

Also, instead of starting with the E string, like most people, I find its easier to hear the A, so, I start there, get the A in sync with the rest of the band, then use harmonics to get myself in tune with my A string.

Of course, you can't use harmonics to tune the B, so I just fret it at 4.

EDIT--as for the dial tone, its a few cents sharp of an F#, but it can work if you need it.
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