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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Wild2003cat, Dec 1, 2000.
Whats the best way to tune a bass without a electronic tuner
Start with natural harmonics. Compare the fifth fret harmonic with the seventh fret harmonic on the string above. If you hear beats (ie. warbling), adjust tuning until they disappear. Then play thirds, sixths and sevenths up and down the neck. Tweak tuning accordingly until those intervals sound more or less in tune.
If you have access to a piano or keyboard, you could use that. I too, suggest harmonics. example, if you want to tune your A string. then you would place your fingers lightly on the string above the 5th fret of the A and the 7th fret of the D string. Once you hit the strings, pull your fingers off to let them vibrate. Listen for vibrations and tune to until they stop.