Tuning Your Guitar II

author: ctb date: 03/09/2005 category: for beginners
rating: 8.3 / votes: 69 
If you haven't considered reading the FAQ on tuning, take a look at this. Some key points that I remebered: very 2 frets is 'Step'. 1 fret is a 'Half-step'.
Standard tuning:
e|-----|-----|-----|-----|---0-|
B|-----|-----|-----|---0-|-5---|
G|-----|-----|---0-|-4---|-----|
D|-----|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|
A|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|-----|
E|-5---|-----|-----|-----|-----|
For example, the two bottom strings (E and A) should sound the same, then so should A and D.
Drop-D tuning:
e|-----|
B|-----|
G|-----|
D|-----|
A|---0-|
E|-7---|
Play this then, detune the bottom string till they both sound the same. You do not need the rest of the strings for this.
A Step Down tuning (D G C F A D):
e|-----|-----|-----|-----|---0-|
B|-----|-----|-----|---0-|-5---|
G|-----|-----|---0-|-4---|-----|
D|-----|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|
A|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|-----|
E|-3---|-----|-----|-----|-----|
Play the 3rd fret of the bottom string and detune the string above it to make them sound the same. This would make the A string go down a step. Like the standard tuning, you can now tune the rest of the strings but you are detuning the one above the fretted string. The bottom string is now higher than it should normally be. So, detune the bottom string, as if you're tuning normally. You would now be looking at you're strings like this:
d
A
F
C
G
D
Drop-C tuning is just the same as the Drop-D technique. Good examples of this tuning is used in the album Toxicity by System Of A Down.
Harmonic tuning:
e|-----|-----|-----|-----|---0-|
B|-----|-----|-----|---0-|-----|
G|-----|-----|---7-|-----|-----|
D|-----|---7-|-5---|-----|-----|
A|---7-|-5---|-----|-----|-7---|
E|-5---|-----|-----|-7---|-----|
I see a small bar dividing the fretboard into spaces where you should place your finger. Place your finger on the string (lightly touching, not pressing down onto the board) just about where that bar is. The '0' indicates open string, does not need to be fretted.
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