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Are You In Tune? Or Is Your Guitar In Tune? [They Are Not The Same Thing]

Published 8 April 2022

Welcome to the show! Get ready for a slightly meandering yet enlightening discussion about tuning. It may be simultaneously the most boring yet the very most fundamental aspect of all in the guitar playing world. [Fundamental, geddit?]
Thusly, we discuss how this electric Spanish gee-tar that we’ve come to love so much has a basic problem in terms of being in tune with itself. And then all the subsequent twists and turns we’ve learned to make it more so.
If your question is ‘What guitar tuner should I buy?’ then this really isn’t the video for that. This video should get us all asking a much deeper question about what being in tune means to us personally, and then working on our playing technique to make our music more harmonious – or indeed dissonant – as a result.

We did a simpler video on choosing a pedal tuner ages ago. Here it is:

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Gear in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three 2 One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner

• D’Addario PW-CT-23 Pedal Tuner
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• TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Mini
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• Boss TU-2 - links for TU-3
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• Keeley D&M Drive
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• Vahlbruch SpaceTime Echo Delay

• Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb
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• TheGigRig G3

Amps in this episode
Fender Custom Shop Bass Breaker with 2x12 Celestion Vintage 30 speakers

Guitars in this episode
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - no video yet
• Fender Jason Isbell Signature Telecaster - Mick’s video here
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster - Dan’s video
• Fender Custom Shop ’62 Stratocaster - Mick’s video here
• Framus Mayfield Custom with Evertune Bridge -
• Gibson Custom True Historic 1957 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy Aged

Interesting bits and go-to sections
00:00 Intro & welcome
1:50 How the guitar is ‘in tune’
2:57 Tetrachord and Greece
4:29 440Hz and concert tuning
5:45 The guitar, frets and harmonics
8:10 Octaves integers thirds and fifths
9:08 Playing fretted notes and harmonics
10:00 The problematic major third
12:20 Everything is a compromise
13:42 How to tune your guitar?
15:35 Guitar tuning 101
16:26 The finger pressure problem
18:05 Tuning with harmonics
20:30 Get around pitchy E and G chords
24:02 Basic guitar setup advice
37:30 Squiggly frets?
38:03 Evertune bridge on Devy’s Framus
47:52 What about guitar tuners?
52:55 Sweetened tunings vs knowing your tuner
55:30 Bending strings?
1:05:05 It’s all about the player
1:10:28 Is prefect in-tuneness boring?

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