Tuning Your Guitar II

For those who need help on tuning.

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If you haven't considered reading the FAQ on tuning, take a look at this. Some key points that I remebered: very 2 frets is 'Step'. 1 fret is a 'Half-step'.
Standard tuning:
e|-----|-----|-----|-----|---0-|
B|-----|-----|-----|---0-|-5---|
G|-----|-----|---0-|-4---|-----|
D|-----|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|
A|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|-----|
E|-5---|-----|-----|-----|-----|
For example, the two bottom strings (E and A) should sound the same, then so should A and D.
Drop-D tuning:
e|-----|
B|-----|
G|-----|
D|-----|
A|---0-|
E|-7---|
Play this then, detune the bottom string till they both sound the same. You do not need the rest of the strings for this.
A Step Down tuning (D G C F A D):
e|-----|-----|-----|-----|---0-|
B|-----|-----|-----|---0-|-5---|
G|-----|-----|---0-|-4---|-----|
D|-----|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|
A|---0-|-5---|-----|-----|-----|
E|-3---|-----|-----|-----|-----|
Play the 3rd fret of the bottom string and detune the string above it to make them sound the same. This would make the A string go down a step. Like the standard tuning, you can now tune the rest of the strings but you are detuning the one above the fretted string. The bottom string is now higher than it should normally be. So, detune the bottom string, as if you're tuning normally. You would now be looking at you're strings like this:
d
A
F
C
G
D
Drop-C tuning is just the same as the Drop-D technique. Good examples of this tuning is used in the album Toxicity by System Of A Down.
Harmonic tuning:
e|-----|-----|-----|-----|---0-|
B|-----|-----|-----|---0-|-----|
G|-----|-----|---7-|-----|-----|
D|-----|---7-|-5---|-----|-----|
A|---7-|-5---|-----|-----|-7---|
E|-5---|-----|-----|-7---|-----|
I see a small bar dividing the fretboard into spaces where you should place your finger. Place your finger on the string (lightly touching, not pressing down onto the board) just about where that bar is. The '0' indicates open string, does not need to be fretted.

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    Mainer
    son of a bitch, I always thought Drop D was e|-----| B|-----| G|-----| D|-----| A|---0-| E|- 6---|
    roxy_705
    hiii just one question..i wanted to play "Dancer in the dark" by Rasmus, but it's tuning requires tuning the b string into an h...how can i do that?? (sorry 4 my english...i'm argentinian)
    lonewolf_dega
    great tips but how would you tune the high E string using the top method. Like say i want to tune down 1 1/2 steps, how would i tune the high E string?
    ihuy
    ihuy wrote: i still dont under stand
    srry my first didnt show up when i looked
    wasted-years
    i tried this with a set of 10s on a lp standerd epiphone and my guitar will not stay in tune do i go up to 11s or something else thanks
    zaccscott
    Ahhhhh! I can't figure out how to get my guitar in drop C. Will someone PLEASE help me? I am not a noob, but I've already broke three strings trying this.
    carlsbad
    thx but i need help on how to do system of a downs tunning with the "c's can someone explain it to me like this guy explained in this article
    chaddyo86
    I'm a noob, and usually use a Boss TU-2 in chromatic mode to tune. I was trying to tune for a song that was listed as Bb, F, Bb, Eb, G, C. My tuner shows sharps, not flats. After tuning string 1 (high E) to C, then going with relative tuning to my low E, I was able to determine that Bb=A# on my pedal, and Eb=D#. It would be nice to see if there is a chart for flat/sharp conversions so that we rookies using chromatic pedals could get our axes is tune.
    zzangleeya
    well i have a tuner, thing is, i could only tuning standard. T.T How could i turn like dropD, AND c stuff with my tuner. well i have flat button on my tuner and, if i push once b apears and twice bb bbb and go on. can anyone help me with it(my tuner is KORG AND MODEL GA-39)
    mEtAlORc
    monkeysims: b=1/2 step bb=1 step bbb=1 1/2 steps To drop to C tune your top string to D by tuning your top string to the 12th fret on the top string. Then tune down one whole step. what is bbb (1 1/2 steps) called? i.e b is a half-step, bb is a whole step, bbb=___..
    monkeysims
    zzangleeya: well i have a tuner, thing is, i could only tuning standard. T.T How could i turn like dropD, AND c stuff with my tuner. well i have flat button on my tuner and, if i push once b apears and twice bb bbb and go on. can anyone help me with it(my tuner is KORG AND MODEL GA-39) b=1/2 step bb=1 step bbb=1 1/2 steps To drop to C tune your top string to D by tuning your top string to the 12th fret on the top string. Then tune down one whole step.
    ctb
    When you've got to D G C F A D... it's bassically the same as normal tuning, just drop the lowest string down 2 frets. You'll be now looking at a tab like this... d A F C G C
    Whitelion915
    I have needed this for so long! Before I was just tuning my guitar so that it wouldn't sound like a dying cat since it's acoustic, but this works way better!