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Old 12-16-2017, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Alternate tunings WITH tuner.

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Hey everyone, I been learning guituar on my own the past year or so and recently I've been meaning to try songs with alternate tunings, because they sound interesting.

I have a clip-on tuner, Joyo, not the best quality one and I've been so far unbale to find a way to use it to tune into Drop C for example.

I know there are a lot of guides out there, but mostly tuning by ear. Now, I simply cant do that. I am not at the level yet where I can simply pick up a guitar and tune it by ear alone. I need to use a tuner.

Problem is, my tuner wont show the low E turning to D ( for Drop D ). So its kinds useless that way.

I read somewhere that by pressing on specific frets and then tuning to standard using a tuner you get the tuning you want, example: By pressing on the 1st fret and then tune to EADGBE, you are tuned a half step down.

I was wondering if there is similar technique to achieve other tunings as well.
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Old 12-16-2017, 06:36 PM   #2
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I don't know how those clip on tuners work, but this may get you to drop D.

Hit the harmonic on the low E, and watch for the tuner tune to D (an octave higher), as you lower the bottom E to D.

If you have a smartphone, there's lots of tuning apps- I use one by Fender myself, but tune mostly in standard.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-16-2017, 06:42 PM   #3
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Apologies if this thread is not in the correct section, browsing this was the closest one to the topic.
Hey everyone, I been learning guituar on my own the past year or so and recently I've been meaning to try songs with alternate tunings, because they sound interesting.

I have a clip-on tuner, Joyo, not the best quality one and I've been so far unbale to find a way to use it to tune into Drop C for example.

I know there are a lot of guides out there, but mostly tuning by ear. Now, I simply cant do that. I am not at the level yet where I can simply pick up a guitar and tune it by ear alone. I need to use a tuner.

Problem is, my tuner wont show the low E turning to D ( for Drop D ). So its kinds useless that way.

I read somewhere that by pressing on specific frets and then tuning to standard using a tuner you get the tuning you want, example: By pressing on the 1st fret and then tune to EADGBE, you are tuned a half step down.

I was wondering if there is similar technique to achieve other tunings as well.
Thanks guys and rock on
Yes for sure, figure which fret would be 'low E' with the new tuning, then press it and tune till it actually is a low E.

Or if your dropping E down to D, hit your open D string, then hit your E while tuning it down, keep doing that until they 'match' with the E string being a lower octave D.

like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38mxf6q25c4
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Old 12-16-2017, 06:50 PM   #4
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I'm assuming it is a chromatic tuner, most are these days, though I have been tricked by them, insofar as some are switchable between modes - so check that you are on chromatic.

I've found that my two sense low strings better if I use the 12 fret harmonic rather than the open string, which raises the pitch an octave without depending on the vagaries of fretting.

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Old 12-19-2017, 09:03 PM   #5
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Your tuner is not going to know what tuning you desire. You have to find that tuning in print, on video, etc. write it down and then tune accordingly.

Most tuners should be able to do that with no issue. If you really don't know how to tune by ear or vibration, it is a skill you should have.
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