Tuning A, D, G, C, F, A, D with electronic tuner.

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  1. Karl Schilv

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    Hello,

    Probably this question has been asked several times but nobody has mentioned if using only the headstock tuner and trying to tune A, D, G, C, F, A, D will tune the guitar correctly.

    I am trying to tune from standard B, E, A, D, G, B, E to A, D, G, C, F, A, D.

    Can someone please post a step-by-step procedure?

    Thank you guys!
     
  2. bostjan

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    Should be self-explanatory. :scratch:

    Are you using a chromatic tuner? What kind of guitar? Have you used a tuner before?
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    I'm not really sure what you are asking here... Just tune a full step down on every string. Also need to know what guitar you are using?
     
  4. Karl Schilv

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    Right, I am using a Chromatic tuner.
    Gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059

    I am looking to tune from Standard to A, D, G, C, F, A, D (Not sure if it is Drop A).
    Several people say just tune a whole step-down.

    Does that mean to loose tension then I have to get the desired notes on the Chromatic Tuner?

    A lot of explanations about that but lack of details. Thank you!
     
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    This is correct. Just loosen each string until you reach the target pitch.

    More specifically, I'd loosen each string to just below target, then tighten up to pitch.
     
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    Ok, so this should be quite easy to go from B standard to A standard tuning.

    If you rotate the tuning key clockwise, it should detune the string. The lower/heavier strings will detune more quickly than the higher/thinner strings.

    1. Attach the chromatic tuner and power it on.
    2. Pluck the low B string.
    3. Turn the tuner clockwise. The needle on the tuner should move to the left, then the note displayed should change from B to Bb. Keep going until you go just a little past the A (the needle should be just to the left of center and the note should read "A"). You might want to bend the string toward the 12th fret to introduce a little extra slack, so that the string will stay in tune a little better.
    4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the low E string, but this time tune just below D.
    5. Repeat for the rest of the strings, using the desired pitch in place of the note displayed.
    6. Once you have finished with the high E/D string, go back to the thickest string, with which you started, now tuned roughly to A. Retune the string. It has most likely gone sharp from slackening the other strings.
    7. Repeat for the rest of the strings.
    8. Let the guitar sit for a few minutes and check the tuning again. If it is still in tune, then you should be all set.
    9. Every time you pick up the guitar to play it, check the tuning first, because no guitar will stay 100% in tune all of the time.
     
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  8. Karl Schilv

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    Please correct me If I am wrong...

    1.- Match your Lower B to the fifth fret lower E (6A) and you will get: A, E, A, D, G, B, E

    2.- Now 6E must match to the 5th string / 5th fret (5D). ----> A, D, A, D, G, B, E

    3.- 5A must match to the 4th string / 5th fret (4G) ---------> A, D, G, D, G, B, E

    and so on...

    4.- 4D to 4C ---------> A, D, G, C, G, B, E

    5.- 3G to 3F ---------> A, D, G, C, F, B, E

    6.- 2B to 2A ---------> A, D, G, C, F, A, E

    7.- 1E ---> 1D ---------> A, D, G, C, F, A, D
     
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    Thanks Bostjan Very well explained, I really appreciate your explanation. Finally a detailed explanation for beginners.
     
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    You're overcomplicating it, because every string gets detuned the same amount, from B standard. This video should help at least so you know what the target pitch is. This is A standard for a 7 string, by the way. Drop A would be AEADGBE, where only the lowest string is detuned from B standard.
     
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  12. Karl Schilv

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    Thanks InCasionOut.
    For clarifying Drop A and Standard A.
    Drop A -> AEADGBE
    Standard A -> ADGCFAD
     
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    Yup, you got it!
     
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    Pretty much already covered, but for a standard on the 25.5 scale, id suggest upping the gauge a little bit. i like high tension, so im using an 8 string gauge (6 string, drop the two highest) so 17-74 set. Id suggest at least a 64 or heavier depending on your desired tension
     
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    I second this. Going that low on a standard scale length will give you floppy spaghetti syndrome if you're using standard light, or even heavy-ish gauges for a 6 string.

    Be mindful of fitting the lower strings on though, it could be necessary to unwind a few bits near the end where you wind them around the tuners.
     

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