Can You Pick Up A Guitar Without Tuning It?

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  1. aadvark

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    that's right, we all seem to have a bit of that guy in us... and tuning questions always brings out such complicated answers.
     
  2. aadvark

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    and of course some guitars tune way better than others... a good guitar, with a perfect fretboard helps; a good set up really helps, a good nut and well intonated bridge is a step in the right direction!
     
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    I kinda knew a guy who was the opposite. Couldn't tune a guitar to save himself. Back then (before electronic tuners) the only options were tuning fork, note comparison or harmonic comparison.
     
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    My basses tunings never seem to change much... they're usually good to go until I hear the other guitarists... tweak on the fly...

    my current guitars at home in the room are usually close enough to start noodling.. unless a string sounds a bit off, I'll retune then....
     
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    I used to work with a guy who was never quite satisfied with his tuning- or yours. I often had to remind him that the reason my guitar sounded bad, to his ears, was that I was using an open tuning, with which he was not practically conversant. :rolleyes:

    He also had a habit of jumping onto the drum stool and playing intros and fills from the last song we'd worked on- and which he'd not been happy with. The drummer would be in the process of making him a cup of coffee, while this ritual was taking place. He never said a word- but never altered his style, in line with this implied 'improvement'.

    The band went no-where. The perfectionist guy continues to make friends and build bridges, wherever he goes......;)
     
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    This really does, though not to the extreme of your friend. My friend Harry, who died in 2012, would always hand me a tuner and insist that I use it, whenever we sat down to play.

    I miss Harry still. I wrote a good song about him right after he died, and I think of him nearly every time I play my guitar.
     
  7. Jim622

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    That was us, some nights we never got tuned.
     
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    there's times I walk in my music room, pick up a guitar and just play it. Unless there's a string REEAALLLLY out of tune, I don't really care. I mean if every string is slightly sharp or flat, then who cares? You're not comparing it to any other instrument unless you are jamming with a buddy.
     
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    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    No.

    I'm a tuning freak.

    I do not have perfect pitch... but, it must be close.
     
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    It makes very little cents to me...
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I don't tune more than once a week. But then, I don't change my strings more than once a year.
     
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    If I was just picking up a guitar to check it out and it was out of tune, I do a wank wank jimi style quick tuning. It might not be tuned to pitch, but its good enough to check out the guitar.
     
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    Ahhh, I get it.
    He was a tweaker?
     
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    I work with a fellow like that.
    Of course it could be worse, when they want to adjust the intonation of the guitar...

    I honestly should tune to pitch more often than I do, I typically only tune the guitar to itself.
    As it is, only my dog complains, but he knows who's feeding him.
     
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    If I'm going to accompany someone or play with backing track...of course. If I pick up the guitar and a cowboy "D chord sounds tolerable and the others OK it's just fine for my own back porch hacking around.
     
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    I gotta at least check the tuning, even while just noodling. Any temp changes, slight bump from setting it down, etc. changes the tuning. How do you know if you're playing it right if you don't know if it's tuned?
     
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    Time for a little Saturday morning Ottotoons
     
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    Hey man, I had a bassist that used to come onstage and play and be totally out of tune. Regularly.
    Quit that band and went back to school...
     
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