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Tuning a guitar down “half a step”


If you have more than one guitar, you can try this.

I do it with one of my guitars.

I like to tune it down half a step.

I’ll explain what that means in a moment, but the reason why I do this is that…


There are lots of songs in this “half a step down” tuning.

Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Guns N’ Roses, and many more play or played songs in this tuning.

Sometimes I want to pick up my guitar and jam along with these tunes.

Yet, if I’m in standard tuning, I can’t.


So, what I do is permanently keep one guitar in half step down tuning.

Then when I want to jam along with those tunes, I just pick this guitar up and play.


What “half step down” tuning means is basically instead of tuning to:

E A D G B E…

You tune to…

…Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb


It can sound daunting, but in reality, it is quite simple and most tuners will help you to do this (e.g. if you have a clip-on tuner, you can set it to “chromatic” mode shown by a “C” on the tuner and tune to those notes above).

Anyway, this is a useful little thing to do if that takes your fancy.

Plus, if you tune like this and then put a capo on at fret 1…Voila, the guitar sounds like a normal tuned guitar again.

Anyway, I hope you found that useful and for more tips, little lessons, and some key secrets that will help you improve all your playing, you might like to check out this bundle.


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Dan Thorpe

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