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The Official Tuning Help Thread

Ok. Enough bullshit. Here's the thread for people who:

-Can't Work A Tuner
-Need String Guage Suggestions
-Want to know a band's tuning
-Want to know tuning terminology (IE: standard vs. drop)
-Need to know what a "Step" is
-Need to know what Sharp (#) and Flat (b) are
-Need to know anything else about tunings.

Ok. First off, working a tuner:
1. Turn it on
2. Plug your guitar into it by taking a patch chord, putting it in the output jack of the guitar and plugging it into the input of the tuner
3. Pluck string that you want to change the tuning of
4. Look at tuner, it should read as whatever note your trying to reach, or something wrong.
5. Using the musical alphabet (ABCDEFG) tune higher or lower as nessasary
6. Make sure that the appropriate lights are on or that the peg is dead center off the tuner.

Next, strings. Here's what I suggest, FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF YOU POOR, LAZY BASTARD. If you are truly too poor and lazy to go and do it yourself heres what many on this site say:

E standard: 9-42
D Standard/Drop D: 10-46
C: 11-49
B: 12-54
A: 13-56

Etc, etc, etc... Basiclly, go up one number on the high E, for ever step you take down.

Next, band tunings. Alright, theres too many bands to name so, refer to a tab on this site or Rivers of Gore.com.

Next on the list, Drop vs Standard. Standard tuning is as follows: EADGBE. You figure out what tuning is what by looking at the high and low E strings tunings. IE, if you want D standard, the high and low E strings, would half to be D notes. So, using your grade 2 education, count down the letters to figure out what notes go where.

Observe:
EADGBE
To B standard
BEADF#B

Remember that there is no such thing as Fb, E#, Cb or B#. Don't argure.

Now, Drop Tunings are when you can play a bar note on the low E string and the A and still get the sound of a power chord.

So this is standard:
|------|
|------|
|------|
|------|
|--4---|
|--2---|

Is this in Drop D

|------|
|------|
|------|
|------|
|--4---|
|--4---|

To be in a drop tuning, you must have your low E and D strings the same note.
So, drop D tuning looks like this:
DADGBE
Isntead of
EADGBE

And, if you want drop A, it would look like this:
AEADF#B
Instead of
BEADF#B

What is a step? A step is a whole tone, or for those of you who aren't trained in music, the distance between two frets. So one step down from B, would be A.

|------|
|------|
|------|
|------|
|------|
|-7--5-|
B A

A HALF step is the difference between ONE fret, or a semi-tone. So one half step down from E, would be Eb.

|--------|
|--------|
|--------|
|--------|
|--------|
|-12-11-|
E Eb

So, to tune one step down, would be D Standard. One half step down, would be Eb Standard.

Next is Sharps (#) and Flats (b). These, on a piano, are the black keys. This on guitar, is kind of confusing at first.

Ok, to make a flat note, you go down one fret, or one half step.

EX:
E > Eb
D > Db
C > B

You: Wait... the fuck? Why did you skip Cb?

Me: CAUSE IT DOESN'T EXIST YOU MUSICALLY IGNORANT FUCK!!!

Remember:
Quote:
... there is no such thing as Fb, E#, Cb or B#. Don't argure.


Now, in the musical alphabet, there are 11 notes all together:

A--A#/Bb--B--C--C#/Db--D--D#/Eb--E--F--F#/Gb--G

So, how do you know what is Flat and what is Sharp? Where you start of course!

If you start from E, and go down one half step, you get Eb. NOT D#. Why? Because you started on E and went DOWN. So if you start on D and go UP one half step, what do you get? D#! Very good!

And thats it! If you have any other questions about tunings and tuners, post it here. Have a shitty day, cunt.
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