I would like to play along some Deep Purple songs from time to time but my guitar is tuned to E flat and I find it unhandy to tune it to standard E tuning and then back to E flat tuning.

Given I have only one guitar, is there a way I can shift the pitch of the song half step down?


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    Why don't you just transpose it a half step down?
    – Dom
    Jan 14, 2016 at 14:21
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    1. Use a capo on the first fret, then your guitar is in standard tuning. 2. Get a second guitar. 3. Pitch down the tunes you want to play along with (e.g., with Audacity ).
    – Matt L.
    Jan 14, 2016 at 14:27

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There are pieces of software available that can transpose pieces of music (I used to use Adobe Audition, although it did take a long time for the software to export the transposed music).

Alternatively, you could use a capo on fret 1 and play as you normally would, only 1 fret higher. If you're not playing chords (or if you're good at bar-chords) you could just play 1 fret higher without the use of a capo.

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    You covered it. Plus 1. Audacity linked in a comment above by Matt L. is a free software program that will quickly and easily transpose your audio file to a different key. I keep my guitar tuned half step flat and use Audacity to transpose backing tracks that come in standard tuning. But if I just want to play along and not sing, I put a capo on first fret (or whichever fret is needed to be in tune with the record). Jan 14, 2016 at 16:51

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