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I ain't got no more "Flat"

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by EriktheRed, Mar 2, 2016.


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  1. EriktheRed

    EriktheRed

    Dec 13, 2008
    Northern IL
    Up until recently I had a little Korg tuner with a button that said "Flat". Whenever I wanted to tune me bass down a half-step I would just press that button once and start tuning.

    Now I have a tuner without that option, but I can adjust the hertz. What would have to dial it down to for a 1/2 step?


    (Or do I totally have the wrong idea? God, I'm such a noob.)
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    E: tune to Eb or D# instead.
    A: Ab or G#
    D: Db or C#
    G: Gb or F#
     
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  3. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    May 25, 2011
    If you are referring to the 440 Hz adjustment, that won't work unless you can set it to 415.30 Hz. A half step down is not an integral (whole number) value, and many 440 tuner references can only adjust in whole number steps.

    What tuner is it?

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  4. Nev375

    Nev375

    Nov 2, 2010
    Missouri
    Tune the A string to 440 using a tuning fork and then tune the E string 12th fret harmonic to the 6th fret of the A string. then retune A, D & G to the 5th / 7th fret harmonics.

    I'm a big believer in learning to use your ears to tune rather than an electronic tuner. It's becomming a lost art to just re-tune mid song while playing if you hear yourself ever so slightly out of tune with the band.
     
  5. EriktheRed

    EriktheRed

    Dec 13, 2008
    Northern IL

    It's a Fender combination tuner and metronome and you're right, I can't do that; I just tried.
     
  6. EriktheRed

    EriktheRed

    Dec 13, 2008
    Northern IL
    Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier: I'll just tune the E string while fingering the first fret.
     
  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Isn't that a chromatic tuner? (That means it tells you the note.)
     
  8. EriktheRed

    EriktheRed

    Dec 13, 2008
    Northern IL
    Didn't think it was, but checked it out again. I hit the "E" and saw "d"; thought it was rounding down (NOOB!!!) Then I looked closer and saw tiny little "#" by the "d".


    IOW, I'm an idiot. But thank you all for your input.
     
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  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Glad to help.

    For the record, you're only an idiot if you do this twice. You have to learn somehow.

    ;) :D
     

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