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TUNING METHODS

Introduction: The unison and harmonic tuning methods are used when you're trying to tune your guitar to itself (i.e., while not necessarily being in tune with anyone else). In the unison method of tuning, sound an A note on the 6th string/5th fret while allowing the open 5th string A note to sound. Tune the open A to the 6th string/5th fret A. Follow the same pattern for the other strings. In the harmonic method of tuning, place your finger over the 6th string/5th fret wire (i.e. do not press the string down to the fretboard) while at the same time placing another finger over the 7th fret wire of the 5th string. Sound these harmonics together and tune accordingly until both strings exhibit a non-vibrating sound (i.e., parallel wave lengths). Follow the same pattern for the other strings. You can also select from the pull-down menu below to tune your guitar or bass to standard pitch (440 CENT or 0 Hz). Audition files are low quality MP3 format for faster download. For CD quality QuickTime format movie files (16 bit, 44100 Hz, stereo recordings) complete with Animated Tablature, click Download for your free product.

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Legend

vertical lines = strings (thickest line represents low E)
horizontal lines = frets
letters = open strings and notes on the fretboard
numbers = fret wire number


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