#5
Even though I've never heard of it and think it's pointless, why don't you use a tuner?

If the note is a quarter of the way between E and F then that makes a 1/4 step does it not? I mean, its not that difficult if you have a chromatic tuner like me that shows you graphically where your note is in relation to the note before and after it.

Where'd you get such a stupid idea anyway?
#7
if you have a tuner that you can set different frequencies, mine can be set from 430-450, just change it up to 443 or 444, if not, just tune the low e up a half of a half step and tune the rest from there
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#8
You'll need a chromatic tuner, one that measures in cents. They tend to be a little pricier. The difference between half steps (one fret) is 50 cents. You just have to tune your E string, for example, to appx. 12.5 cents above E.
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#9
hmm...1/2 step might work if you would be soooo carefull...but 1/4 step? O.o
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#10
Tune by ear to the record; it'd be easier than using a tuner as long as you've got a reasonably good ear.
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1/4 a step probably won't much much of a difference at all.


It makes enough difference to play along with the studio version of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" at least
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#14
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capo?


Wouldn't work; you'd have to tune down by a 1/4 step to make it work as every fret is a 1/2 step.
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It makes enough difference to play along with the studio version of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" at least


I suppose so, It does get annoying trying to play along with a song when your out of tune. I've tried :P
#17
i would tune down a quarter step then capo the first fret so you don't break your strings. actually i wouldn't ever tune up a quarter step...
#18
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i would tune down a quarter step then capo the first fret so you don't break your strings. actually i wouldn't ever tune up a quarter step...


Depends on how you string your guitar.
Aren't there plenty of tunings where you tune some strings up a half-step (maybe even a step?)
#19
Dude what do you need that for? i mean i know the saz (turkish instrument) uses quarter tones but in american instrument you're not really gonna need quarter tones, to those not accustomed to the sound of quarter tones it'll just sound out of tune. If you really need it then you'll need to change the tuning of the tuner, like something other than 440, i have no idea what though.
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#20
I know this problem for we have grand piano in our studio that is a little bit on the flat side lately. Untill we can afford a piano tech this is how we get around this.
First I set the A=440 button on my tuner to match the not quite A on the piano. That means that I choose a value that makes my tuner point an exact A. Then we tune all other instruments with my tuner.
When I have to cope with an out of pitch recording, I usually tune one string by ear (mostly on the root note of the defining chord of the piece) then set my tuner to match that string and finally tune the other strings.
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