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Are you the first to notice when your guitarist goes out of tune?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by JeffVanter, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. JeffVanter

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    I'm just curious really.
    During practice, gigs and such, I am generally always the first one to say something about one of my guitar players being out of tune. Neither of them will notice it until you mention something, which I have let a few songs during a practice session go by without mentioning anything.

    What about other bassists? I know it's somewhat a lame question, but maybe bassists just have an ear for this sort of thing. Maybe guitarists just don't care? I would like to believe that, but many of the bands I have been in are suprised I can tell which of the guitarists is out of tune, on top of what string it generally is.

    Anyone do the same :)
  2. Joe Louvar

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    Well, many years ago when I was much younger I ran into a few guitards that were that way - but, not anymore (knock on wood).
  3. mellowinman

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    I have harassed my guitarist about his tuning so much that now he spends a ridiculous amount of time looking at his tuner.

    Of course, that's probably better than his being out of tune, but still.

    You have to be careful what you wish for.
  4. fireandbass

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    I mostly play guitar in my bands, and i'm always the one telling the other guitarist and the bass player when they are out of tune.
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    Not for a second. Don't think I would have any interest in playing in a band with somebody who cannot tell they are out of tune, especially when playing with other musicians.
  6. Einherjar

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    Hearing damage? Or possibly brain damage... :p lol.
  7. Duckwater

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    In my last band with 3 guitarists all with fuzz pedals, it was common that they were all out of tune and none would realize it.

    In my new band with 1 guitar player, he's been out of tune once and mended it well with some string bending.
  8. Richland123

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    I always notice instantly if a guitar is out of tune. I have the same thing with timing if somebody is off.
  9. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    No, our guitarist typically notices first.
  10. hudpucker

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    Only suckos don't notice when they're out of tune. Goes for both guitarists and bassists.
  11. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

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    The last band I was in, the guitarist was always out of tune, so I bought him a clip-on tuner. I think he took the hint, because we never had a problem after that.
  12. AdamR

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    My guitarist tunes way more then he needs to.
  13. Einherjar

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    The worst I ever experienced was a guitar player obsessed with perfect intonation. And he had a locking nut on his guitar. So each practice started with one song, then an hour of him tweaking his bridge because his intonation was a hairs width off. It got REALLY old REALLY fast.
  14. BioWeapon

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    Yeah. Almost every time.
    They're probably going deaf; we have a china cymbal from hell, the guitarist has a line6 half stack @ 150 watts, and our jam space is tiny. I'm the only guy with hearing protection, I don't know how they can stand that huge level of noise.
  15. gumtownbassman

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    Last gig I gave my guitarist 'that look' when the intro of the 3rd song of the night was out of tune, then realised it was me, had tuned my G to an F.
  16. klejst

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    Yeah but good luck telling them that...remember the guitarists can do no wrong :bag:
  17. spade2you

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    No joke. Out of tune guitarists, pitchy singers, and drummers that couldn't carry a consistent beat just ruin one's day. Decent abilities and they rule with an iron fist.

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