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#3
take the Low E String and Tune it to Standard at the 2nd Fret

(fret Low E at the second fret then while its fretted tune it standard)
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#4
If you tune with a tuner, Just tune the e string down to a d. However if you tune by ear, play the 7th fret on the e string followed by the a string, when they noth sound the same note you have done it
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#5
An easier way is to play the A string open and then tune the Low E to the 7th fret so that the 7th fret on the E string is the same as the A string played open.

Hope that isn't confusing lol
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#6
yeah, do the 7th fret thing, or you can alternatively play the open D string as you tune down, it will sount like a perfect octave when its in tune.
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#7
Dude, the easiest way is to pluck yer good ol' D string and then drop your E until it rings in unison with the D. Yeahhhhhhhhh
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#8
Quote by spitfirehicks
play the open D string as you tune down, it will sount like a perfect octave when its in tune.


I do that using 12th fret natural harmonics. Easier for the ear to track.
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Parx
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#9
I dont.


I have a 5 string.
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sammcl-15
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#10
Quote by Parx
I dont.


I have a 5 string.



So do I, but sometimes you have to when you're playing some songs.

For example, Vicarious by Tool or Heroes by Shinedown (two songs I do) is just easier to tune down.
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#12
Quote by sammcl-15
For example, Vicarious by Tool or Heroes by Shinedown (two songs I do) is just easier to tune down.


Pfft, listen to yourself. "Easier"? Go play guitar you slacker!
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#13
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#14
Quote by shut_up_you_***
I do that using 12th fret natural harmonics. Easier for the ear to track.


True that.
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#15
Play the 12th fret A-string harmonic then tune the E-string down until the 7th fret harmonic on the E matches it.
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#16
Tune your e (1st) string down one step to d, to check if it's correct, play the D (2nd)string and the e string and see if those 2 strings sound like an octave (If you dont know what an octave is, then you should study your basic music skills, or research it!)
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#17
Quote by Parx
I dont. I have a 5 string.

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#18
Quote by UndeadPaperclip
Pfft, listen to yourself. "Easier"? Go play guitar you slacker!


He brings up a good point with Vicarious. It makes it easier. =P

However, I haven't used a 5-string with a low B for a while, so I'll shut up.
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#19
Quote by Parx
I dont.


I have a 5 string.


exactly.

But if you can't be arsed with 5 string basses (for some strange reason) then the best way to do it by ear imo is to do a harmonic at the 12th fret of the E string and then play the high d till they're in unison.
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#20
Quote by shut_up_you_***
I do that using 12th fret natural harmonics. Easier for the ear to track.


That's what I do....although I've made the switch so many times, I can drop to D without any guide on command
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#21
D A D G, the top string is the only one you touch, tune it to D...
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#23
Ah another zombie master practice! Don't resurrect old threads please...