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Old 09-24-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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What string do you tune first?

Wondered this today. I saw someone ages ago tune a guitar starting from the high E and go through to the low E whereas I start on the low E.

Where do you start?
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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I start on the G string, since it tends to go out most often and has the most tension on it when tuned. Then I go D, B, A, e, and E.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:35 PM   #4
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:18 AM   #5
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I personally start with low E (string 6). I sometimes use the unison notes on fret 5 (eg: fret 5 of string 6 is the same as open string 5 - A), or the natural harmonics (eg: fret 5 string 6, fret 7 string 5). Checking octaves is great too - open string 6 is low E, fret 2 on string 4 is mid E, open string 1 is high E. Trying this with other notes as well in the open position helps me to make sure all 6 strings are accurate with each other - listening for the 'wobble' between notes is a good way to check if anything needs adjusting
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #6
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:14 PM   #7
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I've always tuned low to high, or with G or B when I've been playing and need to re-tune (since they're especially prone to going out)
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #8
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:31 PM   #9
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Lowest strings. I have a kind of progressive tension set of strings, so I tune up the strings with the heavier tension first.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:11 PM   #10
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I start low E.....it just works better fo rme
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:20 AM   #11
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:29 AM   #12
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I start on the A string, tune all the way up, and finally the low E.

The low E and the G strings are the ones that usually go out the most.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:31 AM   #13
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I start on the G string, since it tends to go out most often and has the most tension on it when tuned. Then I go D, B, A, e, and E.

Damn that actually makes sense. Thanks for this I'll keep it in mind.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:05 AM   #14
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:47 AM   #15
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Always E and A first because those are the only 2 notes I can remember.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:01 AM   #16
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I use a tuner and go in order, low e to high. Those not tuning from E to E are tuning by ear? Or not necessarily.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:56 AM   #17
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I tune by ear to a tuning note for E, then just listen to the intervals to tune it downwards from the low E to the high. Good for ear training. I then check it with the other tuning notes, and correct any that are off.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:46 AM   #18
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Wondered this today. I saw someone ages ago tune a guitar starting from the high E and go through to the low E whereas I start on the low E.

Where do you start?
I tune from low to high. I also string from low to high.

However, when I'm dealing with a guitar that's pretty close to being on pitch, I may pluck adjacent string pairs, listen for the warble caused by them being out of perfect interval, then ear tweak the one I think is out.

You have to use your ear a whole bunch when tuning 12 strings. That's because all the string pairs, (even the octave pairs), because of sympathetic resonance, trick tuners into telling you a string is in tune, when it's partner may be off.

Somehow, the tuners respond most strongly to only the in tune string. Consequently, you have to wait for the tuner to shut off, then pluck only the string you're trying to tune, and ear tune it's partner to it.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:25 PM   #19
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I start with A, the go through this order, E, e, B, D, G.
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