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Half Step Tuning

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bassist_punk, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. ack! How the hell do I tune to half step tuning? I understand what the notes r, but what frets do I hold down on which strings to make sound the same as others? HELP!!
  2. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    Each fret is a half step, so if you would normally hold 5 on E to tune your A string, you would hold 4 on E to tune your A string to Ab. Or, if you use 7 on A to tune your E string, you would use 6 on A instead to tune it to Eb.
  3. Desdenova


    Feb 18, 2003
    Hampton, VA
    I'm pretty certain you can do it with an electric tuner, too. Instead of picking the open note, hold down the first fret and tune it to that. That should work...if it tells you the note is flat instead of sharp, then I'm probably wrong. It just recently occured to me that to drop the E string to D# I'm holding F, and now I'm all confused.
  4. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    You get $20 and buy yourself an inexpensive tuner :D Much more accurate than using your ears.