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GuitarBoy666  
6 Jul 2008 14:11 | Quote
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I tune mine like:




e--------------0------
B-----------0-5--------
G--------0-4-----------
D-----0-5--------------
A--0-5-----------------
E-5-------------------

That's Unison I believe.

And then when it sounds good I play D, Dsus4, Cadd9, G
And if it sounds good then I just keep on going.

I combine them both cause I can't play the string open then turn the key, my ear isn't trained.
Limelight  
6 Jul 2008 14:28 | Quote
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Tuner, but i really shouyld start to do it like GuitarBoy666
blackholesun  
6 Jul 2008 14:29 | Quote
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I used to do it like GuitarBoy666, but then I got a tuner, but I still use that method when I can't be bothered to get out my tuner.
GRX40  
6 Jul 2008 14:55 | Quote
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I use a tuner most of the time, but when I want to quickly check if I'm in tune, I do unison.
Nutter166  
6 Jul 2008 15:05 | Quote
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I do tuner if I'm doing a change in standards like Stand-E to Stand-D, but for going into drops or checking im atleast close to in-tune unison and open strings.
Admin  
6 Jul 2008 15:14 | Quote
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By harmonics.



N.H--------------------------|

E--7---|-7---|-----|-----|-----|
B----5-|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G------|---9-|-7---|-----|-----|
D------|-----|---5-|-7---|-----|
A------|-----|-----|---5-|-7---|
E------|-----|-----|-----|---5-|
GuitarBoy666  
6 Jul 2008 15:31 | Quote
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^ I never did understand how tuning by harmonics worked.
Anyone care to tell me?

@GRX
I do that too to check if I'm in tune.

And I also remembered another way I tune it (if I just put new strings on it I always use this)
If I have another guitar in tune, I pluck the 1st or 6th string on it then I tune that string so it matches, then just do unison for all the rest.
BodomBeachTerror  
6 Jul 2008 16:31 | Quote
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when my guitar is dreadfully out of tune, or im switching tunings i use a tuner, but usually i use unison
telecrater  
6 Jul 2008 17:25 | Quote
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I try by ear first, then unison, then a tuner.

My ear does me well most the time but after being aroudn noisy computers all day they just cannot focus.

I alwasys use a tuner if i'm recording. nothing is like a back track that's out of tune
EMB5490  
6 Jul 2008 17:34 | Quote
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isnt by ear, chords and i play open then turn all the same? i do tht and somtimes use a tuner.
bodom  
6 Jul 2008 17:46 | Quote
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Im like Admin. Harmonics is the way to go.
lance  
6 Jul 2008 18:03 | Quote
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i use a tuner because my ears still aren't trained yet
jasonmac  
6 Jul 2008 18:53 | Quote
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i use the unison mostly with my electric because my tuner sucks and it doesn't pick up the sound even with the cord in and about 50/50 when im using my accoustic
Skold  
6 Jul 2008 20:07 | Quote
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I tune it by tuning the high e string, then playing the 7th fret on that string and tune the next lowest string to that pitch.

Basically, it's the same as tuning by the fifth fret, except I do it at the seventh fret and I descend.
GuitarBoy666  
6 Jul 2008 22:24 | Quote
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@skold:
Like this?:


e--------------7--
B-----------8-0---
G---------0-------
D-------7--------
A---7-0-----------
E-0--------------
keniemn  
6 Jul 2008 22:30 | Quote
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unisonthen fine tune with harmonics
Skold  
6 Jul 2008 22:56 | Quote
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@GB

Yup.
GuitarBoy666  
7 Jul 2008 00:14 | Quote
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^ Nice.
I've done that a few times.
It actually worked too.

I believe that is called "Octaves" but hell what do I know.
Empirism  
7 Jul 2008 02:04 | Quote
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Ill go unison, cuz i cant play others xD
Ill tune guitars by ear and by tuner, depends if i want record something or by ear when training and gigging...
Mici  
7 Jul 2008 06:38 | Quote
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I always use the Unison, can't do it by ear and have no idea what a tuner is... I mean, I know what it's used for, but could someone tell me more...
And I don't understant how that Harmonics tuning works, never heard of it before...
@Skold
If you tune your guitar like that you would need completely different chord patterns, right?
GuitarBoy666  
7 Jul 2008 10:45 | Quote
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I don't think he would, Mici. I think it's sorta the same as how I do it but it's kinda diff. Idk.
I didn't tune my whole guitar like that. More like "checking to make sure it's in tune"
But i think he might mean he tunes a string to a certain pitch then he gets the 7th fret to match the string lower than it. I don't know I am not an expert.

And in regards to the tuner:
The one I used to have had something like

-500 -400 -300 -200 -100 0 +100 +200 +300 +400 +500

Something like that. And what you do is switch this little button to what string your tuning, then pluck the string open and make it land PERFECTLY on zero.

On my RP70 I have a tuner, what that does is it has a bunch of lights on it. What you do there is there are 5 negative lights and 5 positive lights (5 on each side) and then in the middle there is a green light. Again, you're trying to get the pitch to land on the "zero" or the green light.
Skold  
7 Jul 2008 11:29 | Quote
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@GB

Your tab was almost right, but you forgot to tab it out to where it descends.
Guitarslinger124  
7 Jul 2008 12:47 | Quote
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i do the same as bodom and the admin. harmonics helps you stay in tune all over the fret board.
ThePusher  
7 Jul 2008 19:11 | Quote
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Harmonics, hella
goatrider  
7 Jul 2008 20:11 | Quote
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if im at my CPU ill put on a song and play along with it. i can tell right away obviously if im flat/sharp. otherwise, usually by ear, if im playing with someone else, definitely a tuner.
whistlebug23  
8 Jul 2008 16:23 | Quote
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If a tuner isn't near, or at the house I am at, I just think of Enter Sandman. The first note is low E open, and I compare. That is just me.
jcb3000  
9 Jul 2008 15:14 | Quote
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i can use my ear :) playing piano and keyboard give me good pitch with my ears lol
RelaxedDude  
9 Jul 2008 19:35 | Quote
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I use harmonics as well

Ive never used a tuner before
Lunix  
9 Jul 2008 20:07 | Quote
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Use a bunch of stuff myself depending on the situation and intonation status of the guitar. Mostly harmonics though. One thing I never do is top to bottom. I tune my E's then work towards the center. If just one string is out I can usually just strum 2 strings then tune the interval. I never use a tuner I find my ear does a way better job.
deefa  
10 Jul 2008 14:39 | Quote
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Tuner for E string then play chord E to find the rest (by ear).
jcb3000  
10 Jul 2008 18:07 | Quote
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does tuning fork count as tuner?
Ibanez  
12 Jul 2008 17:28 | Quote
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Harmonics are definitly he most accurate way
shreadhead96  
24 Aug 2009 09:39 | Quote
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for me it depends, when im lazy i tune by ear, but usually i use a tuner
cherokee_babe1988  
24 Aug 2009 16:02 | Quote
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GuitarBoy666 says:
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I tune mine like:






e--------------0------

B-----------0-5--------

G--------0-4-----------

D-----0-5--------------

A--0-5-----------------

E-5-------------------


That's Unison I believe.

And then when it sounds good I play D, Dsus4, Cadd9, G
And if it sounds good then I just keep on going.

I combine them both cause I can't play the string open then turn the key, my ear isn't trained.


How do you do this?
raptorclaws  
24 Aug 2009 17:01 | Quote
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I used to tune by ear but now usually use a tuner. A lot of us males don't have hearing as good as we might think we do...especially as we get older.

Re effort. I've always found a tuner the least effort. Perhaps it's the different ways we string guitars but my guitar is rarely out of tune even after playing it for a couple of hours...unless I use an alternative tuning


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