#1
ok i know this is proberly a stupid question but im gunna go ahead with it anyway ive been playing the guitar for a few months now and everywhere i see songs sayin tune down half a step and stuff and it really irritates me because i dont have a clue how to do it do you have to be able to tune by ear or can you do it using a electronic tuner
#2
if it says tune down half a step
then just put your finger on the first fret and tune to standard
when you play an open note it will be Eb instead of E
or just get a tuner
most can tune chromatic or just have a flat button
#4
wow i feel really stupid now so all i need to do is put my finger on the 1st fret when im tuning and it should work? is that the same for all the strings?
#6
When they say tune down half a step they assume you are in Standard tuning ( EADGBE).'Half a step' means tune each string down by one semitone. SO making each note lower so half a step would be Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb OR D# G# C# F# A# D#
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#7
Each fret is one half-step. So, if you take where you'd normally tune the open string to (on your fretboard), and move that down a half step, you're in. To go back to normal, just do the opposite. You only need to do that for one of the strings (I usually do it with my D string), then tune the rest as normal.
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#8
Buy a Korg Chromatic tuner. I found using the "fret then tune" method very imprecise. If you press harder the note is sharper ect.

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#9
Eventually you will be able to tune it without even using a tuner, you'll get so used to the notes. I find it easy if i sing maybe like the Low E note, then play it on the guitar, and try get it quite near. Eventually u get quite alot of note recognition which i suppose isnt like perfect pitch but buildin towards being able to know what notes are on hearing them
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#10
What I do to tune down by ear is as follows.

If you're gonna tune down half a step, you'll tune your low E string in relation to the A string, except instead of tuning to the 5th fret, you tune the low E to the 6th fret. You then proceed to tune the rest of the strings to the now low Eb/

Hopefully that made sense.
#12
This should go in the only tuning thread.

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