#1
Dear All

I’m currently writing a dissertation about the preferred method of tuning guitars and bass guitars. I would appreciate it very much if you have 5minutes for me to answer the questions below and PM or email it to me at dazzyroots@icloud.com .


1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
4. If by ear how do you go about?
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
9. What is your preferred tuning method?

thank you very much for your invaluable support in advance.


dazzyroots
#2
I've been playing for 4/5 years and just use electronic tuners. Either one built into amplitude on my computer or a small korg thing.

I can't tune by ear without having at least one string I know is in tune and have never been disappointed by electronic tuners.

You really going to be able to string this out into a dissertation? ( no pun intended!)
#3
1. 20+ years
2. Yes. I have had a fender pedal tuner for years now. I also use the tuner in my Line-6 Gearbox software when playing around with that and a tuner app when I am away from home.
3. Electronic tuner, although, sometimes I go by ear until it's "good enough"
4. Tune to the 5th fret, I guess?
5. Usually, yes.
6. N/A
7. I like it.
8. See above
9. Electronic.

I can't really see how you're going to get a dissertation out of this, but I don't mind throwing in my 2 cents (no pun intended)
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#4
1. Been playing guitar for 5/6 years
2. I have a boss TU-3 and a Snark SN-1
3. Both
4. 5th fret
5. I don't think i've ever been unhappy with my tuning, i guess
6. N/A
7.batteries when they are starting to die (Snark/piezo), the boss tho I do not have that problem cause it is hooked up to power.
8. Yes
9. Electronic tuning (its quicker) at the fifth fret then check with natural harmonic
#5
1) Guitar and bass for 6 years

2) yes, snark and boss chromatic

3) both

4) 5th fret, both the note and the harmonic way.

5) no

6) for me specifically, my guitar's neck is bent so the intonation is ****ed up. When the open strings are (even perfectly) in tune, at around the 10th fret they'll start going out of tune. I've been too lazy up to here to fix it though.

7) among others, the fact that if you play the string a little too hard, it'll ring slightly sharp and thus screw up that attempt at getting that string in tune.
Also, the constant undecisiveness of the tuner, so to speak, in that even if you play the string and the arrow shows it's in tune, as the note decays, sometimes the tuner will return that the string is too sharp or flat => tuners can take a while sometimes.

8) yes and no. I can get the strings in tune with each other quite well, but I can't get them to match exactly the pitch they're supposed to so I'll never be able to get the low e to an actual low e frequency without a tuner. My tuning by ear is to perfect tuning what relative ear is to absolute ear, in a way.

9) tuners because they go faster, they're more accurate and such, but doing it by ear is cool first of all and trains the ear too which is very important.
#6
1. About 5 years.

2. Mobile app

3. By ear

4. I match the pitch of the string with the right pitch

5. Mostly yes

6. Because I'm lazy

7. Lack of ear

8. Yup

9. By ear
#7
1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
8 years
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
nope
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
ear
4. If by ear how do you go about?
match a string to a reference tone, then tune relative to that string, then check reference tone again and repeat
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
yea, but it can take like ten minutes sometimes
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
because my guitar's intonation always seems to be ever so slightly off and i need to get the right tuning to suit everything i play (areas of the neck, level of distortion affecting the character of power chords vs. clean full chords, etc.)
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
they can't compensate for imperfect intonation. and machines are not to be trusted.
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
i think so
9. What is your preferred tuning method?
ear
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#8
1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

50-odd years

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?

Snark, PW Mini, Korg CA 10

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?

Yes

4. If by ear how do you go about?

Octave Es on 1, 4 and 6 strings, then by ear - chord sounds.

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not

Yes

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?

I am. For open tuning slide, they are closer to just than tempered intonation if I get them right

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner

Nothing, but you need to know how to use it in relation to your picking style.

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?

Yes, but I need a reference pitch

9. What is your preferred tuning method?

A combination of ear and tuner
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#9
Lol, i thought this thread was gonna be about alternate tunings... Good luck with your dissertation!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

I say 6 years, but I started when I was young, did not take it seriously, and then picked it back up as an adult and have been playing consistently for the last 6 years.

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?

Yes, I use a Korg electric tuner.

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?

Mostly by electronic tuner. I should use my ear more, but I am not incredibly accurate

4. If by ear how do you go about?

Usually by playing the unison from the 5th fret on the low string, moving one string up to the open string. I will sometimes use the harmonics on the 5th and 7th frets as well.

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not

Hard to answer, I am never unhappy with my tuning, although my intonation is not usually perfect so I notice issues here and there as I move up the neck.

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?

NA

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner

Simply the fact that I use it as the easy way out instead of tuning by ear.

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?

Yes, although I am not incredibly practiced at it.

9. What is your preferred tuning method?

Electric Tuner
#11
1. Four years.
2. Yes. TC Electronics PolyTune 2 Mini.
3. Electronics.
4. How loosely do we define "by ear?" I use a keyboard for reference sometimes if you want to call that "by ear." If not, I'll play a note that I recognise for reference.
5. By ear, not always.
6. I'm a human who doesn't have the skill of absolute pitch.
7. Nothing.
8. Yes.
9. Electric.
#12
1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

Since 1987 or so. I got my first guitar in 1988 and I still got that one.

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?

Yes and no. If you mean a little device like BOSS or the like then it is a no. The yes will be explained in the later questions.

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?

I always use my ears to tell me about my playing and tunning. Otherwise I could just not fret the strings and make noise instead! Once my ears got developed I used my ears to tune my guitars and drums.

4. If by ear how do you go about?

Any kind of reference tone or pitch then tune to that. In the early days late '80s I found I could use a computer to give me that.

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not

Yes if the strings are fresh like a month old or so. My guitars holds their tuning very good. I do buy the Fender bullit strings for my Stratocaster which fits the vintage bridge better and for other guitars normal but I always stretch the strings and drum skins good too.

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?

If the strings gets to old they have done their job and will need constant re tuning.

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner

Finding it and battery for such little use in general.

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?

Yes I do. My ears are developed enough so I can do that and I do

9. What is your preferred tuning method?

Youtube! Quick and easy.
#13
1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
3 months, although I did mess around with it for a couple years back in high school

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
Yes, Deltalab CT-40 (cheap but it works well)

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
Electronic 95% of the time

4. If by ear how do you go about?
See above

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
Yep, my main guitar stays in tune pretty well. The only time it goes majorly out of tune is right after putting new strings on (requires some stretching)

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
See above

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
Nothing really. I spend some time tabbing by ear and doing interval recognition, so I don't feel I'm losing out on the hearing part of playing the guitar.

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
Yes, especially with a reference pitch, but I can do it reasonably well even without.

9. What is your preferred tuning method?
Electronic. It's so much faster than tuning by ear, and more accurate as well. I also switch to Eb or Drop D tuning for certain songs so switching back and forth like that would be very tedious by ear.
#14
Started in 1960, do the math.

Behringer tuner and Kwik Tune chromatic

Tuned by ear for 30 years before ever using a tuner, and used a tuning fork for 20 years.

Usually I use harmonics but I can tune strictly by ear.

Never totally happy with tuning, probably because I tend to pull the strings sharp by fretting too hard.

Don't have a thing against an electronic tuner, I prefer a strobe tuner though...wish I could afford one...

I knew how to tune by ear when I was 8 years old, usually using a reference tone but by the time I was around 12 I could use the lowest note my voice would create as a reference and be pretty close.

Prefer electric tuner, faster and more accurate.

One thing not mentioned. Always tune up to the note you want, even if you have to drop the pitch of the string to do it. That avoids letting the string stretch and "settle" too flat after a minute of playing or a good stretched note or two. Never drop the pitch down to the correct note. Come up to it from lower than the note you're after.
Hmmm...I wonder what this button does...
#15
1. Guitar since 2006, bit of bass since around 2011

2. Built in tuner in my Boss BR-800

3. Both - acoustic by ear, electric and bass by tuner

4. I sometimes need a reference note (usually an e), then the 5th-open method, then the harmonics on 5th and 7th fret, then harmonics at 12th then I play a few power chords or riffs down each of the strings to check it sounds OK.

5. 100% with my acoustic, not always with my electrics. I find the lack of resonance means anything flat or sharp sounds even more so :p There is a nice sweet spot from a few days after I put new strings on to a few weeks in (I use Elixirs).

6. See above

7. I'd rather train my ear but when I do it by ear it's always a bit off on the electronic tuner!! (Or maybe I should say I am off?) Sometimes it's hard to get it spot on (but I'm a tad OCD)

8. Yes

9. By ear. especially when playing with other musicians and out of tune pianos. I mostly use the electronic tuner when I'm recording.

Hope it all comes together for you
#16
Quote by dazzyroots
Dear All

I’m currently writing a dissertation about the preferred method of tuning guitars and bass guitars. I would appreciate it very much if you have 5minutes for me to answer the questions below and PM or email it to me at dazzyroots@icloud.com .


1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
4. If by ear how do you go about?
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
9. What is your preferred tuning method?

thank you very much for your invaluable support in advance.


dazzyroots

1. A week, although i played for years a while back.
2. Built-in one on amp, but looking into getting a proper one.
3. Electronic for overall tuning, ear for fine tuning when strings go out of tune.
4. n/a
5. No.
6. It could be more in tune.
7. Nothing.
8. Not without a reference note.
9. Electronic tuner.
#17
1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
8 years.
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
Yes. Korg Pitchblack, Korg CA1, Korg GA30.
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
Eletronic tuner. (No chance of tuning by ear in a noisy rehearsal space.)
4. If by ear how do you go about?
See above.
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
Yes.
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
Nothing.
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
Yes, but I need a reference note.
9. What is your preferred tuning method?
Korg.
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#18
1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
12 years

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
built in tuner on my FX pod

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
for fine tuning i use the tuner

4. If by ear how do you go about?
i remember in my head the A pitch, starting from there is the standard method at the fifth fret

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning?
Yes, my licensed floyd rose is blocked so tuning is never an issue.

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
N/A

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
N/A

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
Yes

9. What is your preferred tuning method?
With harmonics, then play some chord and you will ear if everything is fine