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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    joshuablume2006
    a friend taught me this. C#,F#,B E,G#,C# I just drop my top string down to B. You can now do fifths with one finger.
    KateGordon
    can somebody teach me how to read tabs. i would appreciate it a extreme much. contact me pleassssse
    andr3i_27
    whats the use for the harmonic tuning? and why is it tuned in that way? is standard tuning and harmonic tuning different?
    xlukex
    please can someone pm me on how to tune to drop d...PLEASE!!!
    chicholoma
    hey man. thank u a lot.. but i still have troubles for tuning in drop d.. i dont know what to do after tuning E and A.. can you complete that tune tab??
    DarkXoa
    thanks... it took me forever to get this right but after looking at this article its much easier!!!1!
    runesymboldeath
    hmm drop c could have been explained more for retards like me i like the drop d part but get sorta lost after that.
    system_chick182
    i need to know how to get D# C# G# F# A# D# for a jimi hendrix song i want to learn ...many thanx
    Kim-Petersen
    Hehe B and H are the same but some scandinavian use H but dont ask why. Dropping guitar tuning a half step is 5 frets diffrences you can also use the 5 rule in tabs example Youth of the Nation. Normarly D----- A-----8---8--- C-0-0-0-3---3----- Calculated a string down D-----3---3---3----- A----- C-0-0-0-3---3---3----- thi s rule just only work if your guitar is tuned as you might can see there are 5 frets and a string for diffrence that is a half tone i was taught.
    Mr.Glue
    DOES ANY ONE KNOW TUNING??? I know that standard on a bass tuner iz no flats (E,A,D,G) and five flats are low B (B,E,A,D) and I know that two flats are (D,-,-,-,) or somthin but what are 1,3,and4 flats called PLEEZ SOMEONE TELL ME!!!If u can THNX!!!
    ineedhelp
    umm sorry to sound like such a dork but i just got my guitar today and i dunno what half of that means so couls someone udmb this WAY down for me i know what it is supposed to sound like because i know how to play wake me up when september ends on my friends guitar and we have the exact same one but i can't tune mine to get it to sound the least bit decent
    buddy88
    how do I tune it so the B string is H ? I wish to play Lordi night of the loving dead and it is tuned: DADGHE
    xlukex
    I seriously needeed to know how to do drop c tuning. cheers. system kick ass.
    ultimaterocker6
    I really wanted to know how to tune drop-d and drop-c because System of a Down are one of my favourite bands. Thnks alot mate
    next_to_none
    thx alot it's usefull.iwas paying to get my guitar tuned but now i'll do it myself..again thanks alot
    MrBillD
    I am kind of confused, because you say drop D and show 7th fret E and 0 A, but then you go to 3rd fret E and 0 A. Please explain, because I want to learn epiphany and it is in drop D.
    Stratocaster88
    just to make sure...to tune to Db(drop D tuned half a step down) would i tune my guitar half a step down and then tune to drop D? i was also wondering if this was half a step down? e|-----|-----|-----|----- |---0-| B|-----|-----|-----|---0- |-5---| G|-----|-----|---0-|-3--- |-----| D|-----|---0-|-5-- -|----- |-----| A|---0-|-5---|-----|----- |-----| E|-4---|-- ---|-----|----- |-----|
    lilcoffman81
    im getting confused on the drop d because some say the 12th fret you say the 7th and ive seen a couple of others or is 12th and 7th the same
    brycha18
    do you need a diffrent neck, i have a 21 fret guitar, do i have to modify the neck so i can tune it to drop c and d, without risk of hurting the guitar
    DarkXoa
    Thanks, it took me forever to figure out how to tune my guitar but after seeing this page its a lot simpler!!!1!
    ihuy
    ihuy wrote: i still dont under stand
    srry my first didnt show up when i looked
    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)
    Mainer
    son of a bitch, I always thought Drop D was e|-----| B|-----| G|-----| D|-----| A|---0-| E|- 6---|
    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?
    badface69
    thank you! i have been wanting to learn how to tune drop c for a while, now i can play so many more songs