help please

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by heretic, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. I am very new to bass... or any instument for that matter, so dont say "OMFG what an idiot"

    anyways, my Dstring is very loose, I am using an electronic tuner so I guess its right. All the other strings are nice and tight but that ones is loose and sounds bad. Is it my tuner? any advice?

    I have tried to tune by ear but I cant, not yet anyways...

  2. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    Press the 5th fret on your A string, and then strike both it and the D string. If they're not in tune, you'll hear the notes oscillate in and out of phase with each other. The closer to proper tuning they're in, the further apart those oscillations will be, until you just hear the same note.

    It's even easier if you tune using harmonics. If you know how to play harmonics, you can play the 5th fret harmonic on the A string, and the 7th fret harmonic on the D string, and it's even easier to hear the notes ring if they're not matched up.

    You might be tuned to D one octave down from where you should be.
  3. I think I got it now... thank you much ;)
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    BTW, you're an idiot if you don't ask! ;)