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I have been trying to understand why my A minor shape barre chords and specifically A minor in 1st position sounds better with the B string tuned slightly flat. In equal temperament the minor and major intervals are mostly affected by being around 15cents off. Is this perhaps what I am hearing? I thought about this a bit but then shouldn't it be the other way since the interval from A to C is a minor 3rd which means the B should be 15cents sharper not flatter to be closer to Just intonation yet it sound better with the B tune 15 cents flat. Can someone please help me make heads or tails of this please.

  • It may be as simple as the intonation on the guitar isn't as good as it should be. – Tim May 22 at 6:56
  • @Tim I checked the fretted notes with a tuner.. it was all good – armani May 22 at 8:51
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    I believe this video is talking EXACTLY about the phenomenon you're talking about: youtube.com/watch?v=Daw93bRHe4Y – Richard Metzler May 22 at 9:08
  • Do you mean "sound nicer to me" or "get rid of overtones caused by being out of tune" ? – Carl Witthoft May 22 at 13:50
  • Has to do with just versus equal temperament tuning. – b3ko May 23 at 7:13

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