#1
Ok, so I'm auditioning for a sort of "veteran" power metal band here and I've been given a song to learn. As the title says I don't have an amp or lead cable. I've got a digital tuner, but I don't have an amp (I've always been lent one, hehe) and 2 of my leads are where I practice with another band, and another one is broken. My tuner can't detect the sound waves unplugged, so I'm lost.

Edit: Yes, I will go and buy a lead when I have time.
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#2
tune by ear or get someone who can to
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tune by ear or get someone who can to

This. Best thing you can do as a musician is train your ears, and tuning your guitar/bass by ear is the place to start
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#4
make a cable out of bits of wire? ive done this before. it worked

EDIT: or by ear. go with that
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If you still can't do it by ear then you can google an online guitar tuner. I used to know a backing track website that had a tuner there.
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#7
The 5th fret on the E string should sound the same note as the open A string. The 5th fret on the A string should sound the same note as the open D string. The 5th fret on the D string should sound the same note as the open G string.
Tune it like this for standard tuning.
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#9
Put your ear to the headstock. You can hear the strings much better. You can do this with any apex of the wood, i.e. the top cutaway horn.
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The 5th fret on the E string should sound the same note as the open A string. The 5th fret on the A string should sound the same note as the open D string. The 5th fret on the D string should sound the same note as the open G string.
Tune it like this for standard tuning.



Yeah do this, but this only works if you have one string in tune to begin with, otherwise they will all be in tune relative to each other but maybe not to A 440hz (normal tuning) so it will sound wrong when you jam with someone.

Best thing to do first would be to use an online bass tuner I'd recommend doing the G string as your reference note as it is the easiest to hear without an amp!
#11
Tune them all to an online tuner, THEN do the harmonic method. Harmonics are one of the best ways to get all the strings really closely in tune, as you can really hear the oscillating sound that tells you a note is out of pitch.
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#12
You simply have no right to audition for a band and by the sound of the band its quite well known with out suitable gear. Youll become a liability and i know i wouldnt even think of giving you an audition without your own hear.

EDIT: You dont even own a lead, then you really need to get your act together.
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You simply have no right to audition for a band and by the sound of the band its quite well known with out suitable gear. Youll become a liability and i know i wouldnt even think of giving you an audition without your own hear.

EDIT: You dont even own a lead, then you really need to get your act together.

couldnt have said it better, my mate reccomended me for a band thats been on a circuit for a little while but i turned down the offer more in the sense i dont think i would have the gear to compete i mean the guitarist has a JCM 800 and a nice LP i only have a Epi,P-bass knockoff and my Virgo and a Laney RB1 15w amp

A lot of bands will look for someone who's got good gear, good skill and the LOOK! some bands the looks means more than the music but then thats just being a poser imho.

Once you get your gear in check (as there are venues who dont supply you with gear) then start auditioning for bigger bands aswell as they stereotypical do a lot of practicing.
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#14
I agree with the above post. BUT I think you need to know more about the harmonic method., we all know the fifth fret of the E is open A and so on. This works similarly in harmonics, the harmonic on the fifth of E is the same as he harmonic on the 7th of A.
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#15
Maybe, I'm just an OAP, but I think every musician should learn to tune without the help of an electronic tuner and train their ear. Its a skill that seems to be going away with the tide of time. I can still tune with the aid of a tuning fork and harmonics and I can't help to think its helped my ear to be a bit more accurate than if I hadn't.

And I would take the advice on the gear btw or risk being disappointed.
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Razgriz, the look isnt always about being a poser but getting a label getting known being able to promote your music. If your band doesnt have the look how are screaming fans going to buy your posters etc etc.
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#17
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Razgriz, the look isnt always about being a poser but getting a label getting known being able to promote your music. If your band doesnt have the look how are screaming fans going to buy your posters etc etc.

i know that :P but there are some bands out there that just are purely based off looks (well some in my area) and they just have no oomph on stage and they just cant carry it.

Altho im glad to see my mates band going somewhere but both of the bands in question are good at what they do xD.Also im missing a gig by one of their bands tonight :'( i feel bad.

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#18
if you have any walls with cativites in your house, hold the headstock tightly to the wall and play a note. it sounds a lot louder, and i even recorded with my bass this way, by putting a mic next to the wall. it sounds really awesome, try it.

from there, your tuner should pick up the sound, but you really should sort yourself out with a cable dude, its a pretty poor effort when you dont have a cable, nor amp.
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if you have any walls with cativites in your house, hold the headstock tightly to the wall and play a note. it sounds a lot louder, and i even recorded with my bass this way, by putting a mic next to the wall. it sounds really awesome, try it.

from there, your tuner should pick up the sound, but you really should sort yourself out with a cable dude, its a pretty poor effort when you dont have a cable, nor amp.

A door panel is also a useful method although don't press too hard or you can affect the tuning by bending the neck slightly.
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