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Drop Tuning: What Is It and How Can I Use It?

What is it? When referring to electronic tuners, drop tuning is a function by which the tuner shifts the pitch reference in half-step increments while keeping the name of the note the same. Why use it? Drop tuning is most used by guitarists who want to lower the entire tuning of their guitar without having…

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Choosing String Gauges– Guitars & Basses

Compared to the past, today’s guitarist can avail of a wide variety of string gauges. Indeed, the selection is so wide, almost any requirement can be met. There are four major factors affecting the choice of a new set of strings. Gauge: Generally speaking, the heavier the string’s mass, the more volume it will produce…

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The Role of Tuning in Classic Rock

  A popular myth among players is that accurate tuning only became a possibility a few years ago, and that the old masters such as Jimi Hendrix didn’t really care about tuning. The fact is, most of the top guitarists in the world own and use a strobe tuner, and many have done so since…

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Out of Tune on Purpose — Dissonance as an Effect

  How many times have you heard a song or piece of music and wondered “what is it about this that makes me listen?”. It could be the great guitar solo, the chord sequence or the melody, but sometimes it’s none of those things. Take a song like “The Poacher” from 1974, by the late…

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Choosing a Tuner for Accordion Tuning

The Task Tuning the reeds of an accordion is a very labor intensive task that involves multiple blocks of reeds, each with their own crucial role in determining the tonal options that are available to the player. A good accordion technician can realize the wishes of a client simply by listening to him or her…