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Jul 25, 2009, 03:44 PM
 
I need to tune my electric guitar down 1/2 step for a song I'm learning. Unfortunately tuner does not let me do this. Can someone recommend a way for me to do this?

Also, I think my teacher has the wrong rhythm (and notes) for the first line of the song I'm learning - is there a way to use some software to write my own line instead? This is a one-time project, so I'm not interested in buying professional software.

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Jul 25, 2009, 04:03 PM
 
Will this help?

Guitar Tuner @ HowToTuneAGuitar.org

(I'd tune the first two strings with "tuner", then tune the E string down to a Eb, then tune the rest of the guitar manually....)
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Jul 25, 2009, 04:30 PM
 
How about a decent chromatic tuner?

If you own an iPhone, I hear good things about cleartune:
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it allows different tunings, which is cool.

Also, iStrobe blabla, which I'm looking at, though I'd really love a stretch tuning preset for my Rhodes pianos:
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Jul 25, 2009, 04:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
How about a decent chromatic tuner?

If you own an iPhone, I hear good things about cleartune:
iTunes Store
it allows different tunings, which is cool.

Also, iStrobe blabla, which I'm looking at, though I'd really love a stretch tuning preset for my Rhodes pianos:
iTunes Store
This.

I haven't used any software on my Mac, so I can't say anything about that, however.
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Jul 25, 2009, 04:39 PM
 
Get a Sabine AX-2000/3000, it's hands down the best tuner I have ever used, and it's the only one I've been using for many years.

Works on acoustic, semi-acoustic and electric guitars. No cables required. Works even with lots of background noise.



Sabine AX-2000 Contact AutoTuners

Edit: Seems like it has been discontinued. I'm gonna buy a few just to stock up for the future. I seriously couldn't live w/o it.

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Jul 25, 2009, 07:57 PM
 
You ain't in tune unless it's a Peterson.
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Jul 25, 2009, 08:36 PM
 
Uncle Doof doesn't have perfect pitch?
     
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Jul 25, 2009, 08:44 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dork. View Post
Uncle Doof doesn't have perfect pitch?
Nope.
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Jul 25, 2009, 09:42 PM
 
I like the idea of using my iPhone for this. Any suggestions?
     
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Jul 25, 2009, 10:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by alligator View Post
I like the idea of using my iPhone for this. Any suggestions?
Yes. A Peterson.
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Jul 25, 2009, 10:47 PM
 
Folks, tuning a guitar down half a pitch is not rocket science. Tune it to 440, then bend the low E a tad then tune accordingly. That's if you can tune the instrument without any machine.

Tuning strings is more about vibrations than it is about sound, which are equal. No? I've always depended on vibes of the instrument and it's always worked. So what's a half tone lower? Nothing. All the musician wants is the ability to pitch his/her voice to the key.

Or..

A capo is one's best bet instead of tuning strings. Say the song's in G, but the musician can only sing a particular song in G-flat, then put a capo on first fret and learn to play tune in key of F. No biggy if knowledged.

Keep your guitar in tune and learn how to use a capo, or you'll be tuning your instrument all night long.
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Jul 26, 2009, 01:37 AM
 
I'm sure that the other tuning apps mentioned are good, but if you're willing to spend around the $10 range, check out GuitarToolkit. One of the best apps I've bought and I use it constantly. It comes with a tuner, metronome, and also scales and a chord library. The chord library is awesome (although now that I've figured out how chords are constructed, I've used it less...). You can choose between a 6-string, 12-string, bass and between left-and-right handed. The tuner also has tons of alternate tunings (including half-step down).
     
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Jul 26, 2009, 03:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by alligator View Post
I like the idea of using my iPhone for this. Any suggestions?
No. No suggestions beyond the two I ALREADY POSTED UP THERE (one of which is Doofy's Peterson).
     
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Jul 26, 2009, 02:31 PM
 
Dude, just retune using your "in-tune" strings. If you want E to be Eb, just play Eb on the A string and match. Bob's your Uncle.
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Jul 27, 2009, 12:45 AM
 
I'm who's uncle?
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Jul 27, 2009, 05:03 AM
 
Bob IS my uncle!
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Jul 27, 2009, 12:27 PM
 
Bob Peterson?
     
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Jul 27, 2009, 05:05 PM
 
I have an uncle named "Bob". I really do.
     
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Jul 27, 2009, 08:06 PM
 
And there you have it.
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