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tuner and the number

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by jdolecek48, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. jdolecek48

    jdolecek48 Tele-Meister

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    my snark clip on tuner has numbers associated with the type of tuning that you are using like for instance for E standards it is displayed "440" and that number is adjustable....what would i change that number to if I wanted to tune to a half step down? and also what would i change it to if i wanted to tune to a full step down?
     
  2. ale.istotle

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    You don't need to adjust anything. Snark should display D# if you are correctly 1/2 step down on the e strings. Same concept for the other strings.
    D#, G#, C#, F#, A#, D#
     
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    Just for fun ... in a well-tempered tuning the ratio of notes a half step apart will be the twelfth root of 2.
     
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    Where is that button on my Casio calculator watch?
     
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    e^(ln2/12) will get you there:

    Up 1/2 step = x 1.059463

    Down 1/2 step = x 0.9438743

    (Down 1/2 step is A=415.305)
     
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    don't change that number. just tune every string down.

    A is 440.

    Ab is 415.3 but doubt the snark goes that low and certainly won't do the .3 part, so you would be a little out of tune. G is 392. Google told me these numbers.
     
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    The number 440 is in a unit called hertz, abbreviated as hz. It is a count of wave cycles per second for a given pitch. Here is a table, where middle C (C4) has roughly 260 cycles per second, or 260.63 hz, and A (A4, above middle C on a piano) has an exact wave cycles per second count of 440, or 440 hz. https://pages.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html

    Adjusting away from 440 hz isn't intended for large tuning changes, such as tuning down a half step. 440 hz is a reference pitch for an international tuning standard. But some people and groups prefer to use a slightly lower or higher pitch reference for tuning.

    I think ale.istotle answered your question on tuning down a half step. But it seems strange to me that tuners are being made today that don't include presets for alternative tunings, such as a half a step down, so that the musician doesn't have to think about the specific notes being tuned to.
     
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    snark tuners are chromatic. it doesn't care what note you play on what string, it'll tell you what it is.
     
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    Don't worry about the numbers.
    As a few have already mentioned, loosen your tuning keys until you see these notes on your tuner - low string to high string ...
    D#
    G#
    C#
    F#
    A#
    D#

    Here's the most important part.
    Always tune up to a note. When you loosen down to the note you want, go past it a bit (so go a bit lower), yank on the string a little (not too much) and then tune up to the desired note. This will take any slack out of the tuning post and/or from behind the nut.
     
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