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I think this particular phrasing is rather confusing, as it is trying to talk about two concepts at the same time: enharmonic equivalence, and intonation. The concept of intonation (and temperament, which relates to systems of intonation) deals with the fact that even given a certain reference pitch (such as A4=440), there is no one absolutely correct ...


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The thing is that the "some tunings that define the notes in that way" in the Wikipedia quote include the most common tuning today, 12-tone equal temperament (12-TET). So, E# and F natural do usually sound the same. ...But not always. Change the tuning system and you can easily have an E# and an F natural that sound slightly different. Just intonation will ...


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It's not going to make much difference. The tension differential is less than 5% overall. If you can manage it, get another guitar and have each in the tuning you need. One always has at least one guitar fewer than one already needs!


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Disregarding expensive hi-tech solutions There are really only three answers, and you've covered them in your question; with some extra choices within each one: No on-stage tuning; no help The only way to achieve this is with a separate guitar for each tuning. No on-stage tuning; a helper While you're playing, the helper is preparing your guitar for the ...


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It entirely depends what you want to play. A capo is for transposing a piece up by some number of semitones, without changing the fingering. So let's look at ways to transpose those pieces without a capo -- it will often involve changing the fingering: If the piece does not contain any open strings, you don't need a capo. Just play the piece with your left ...


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Standard tuning for solo violin in classical music is just intonation. Tune the A string and, from there, tune the other strings with just-intonated perfect fifths. Some times, as a compromise you may need to tune the violin temperate, for example when you need to play many open strings in duo/ensemble with a instrument not capable of just-intonation. ...


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To answer the question directly - yes, strings are supposed to be EADGBE - in standard tuning. All tabs should have the tuning notes at the beginning. If there are none, assume it's standard. There are many different tunings that can be used for guitar, drop D, for example, where the fat E is tuned a tone lower, to D. This above is open C, as each note is ...


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CADG is the most common way I've heard this term used for basses. It could also refer to the drop D tuning with a low C on the bottom according to Wikipedia, in guitar context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_c_tuning Incidentally orchestral basses fitted with a low C extention have the CADG tuning too, although with the extension no fingering changes are ...


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You will have a very small amount of extra wear and tear on that machine head and the groove in the nut that string passes through, but aside from that this should cause no damage to an acoustic or electric guitar. The change in tension on the neck from that one shift is not significant, in fact you can get a greater change from atmospheric conditions. So ...


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As per the app you were asking, Pythagorean is the temperament you're looking for. The perfect fifth is the 2:3 frequency ratio (and small rational number frequency ratios are required for the sympathetic vibrations to work). So if your A string is 440Hz, the tuning is as follows: E - 660 Hz A - 440 Hz D - 293.33 Hz G - 195.56 Hz C - 130.37 Hz If you tune ...


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Why are they tuned like this? Unlike the rest of strings Simply put because there aren't any strings made that can go high enough without breaking. Could this be achieved with the standard set of unwounded strings? No. Or at least not without sounding terrible and having intonation problems. Should I increase one octave of the higher paired string or ...


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Your question is a question that is asked by many musicians over a range of instruments, but I think that the real question is a bit more broad than the one in the original post. I believe the real question your looking for is: "How can I make something that is unfamiliar familiar?" The answer to this is frequency. The reason why you have a difficult time ...


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Switching between standard E tuning and drop D tuning is so common that some guitarists use special tuning knobs that flip between the two with a switch. I have a bass guitar version on my Fender Jazz bass. Some guitarists have practiced this retuning so extensively that they can do it by feel with just the regular knob – if you have ever watched a medley of ...


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I didn't know this before, but after doing research on other sites I found that this type of tuning is called Open C Tuning. Here are some references on guitar tuning that I found to be useful: Electric tuner [Hear the notes] How to tune guitar to different modes. List of guitar tunings.


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There is absolutely no "rule of thumb" for any specific tuning which would correspond best to any specific song. There is no tuning which is preferable for fingerstyle guitar. The most we can say is that a tuning may be useful to play a specific song, a specific arrangement of a song, or in a specific key. You may find it helpful to look to the following ...


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The frequencies of B5 and C6, when using standard 440Hz tuning, are: B5: 987.767 Hz C6: 1046.502 Hz As you can see, 1000Hz is closer to B5. Using the standard way of describing pitch on a logarithmic scale, where a semitone is divided into 100 cents, we find that either: 1000Hz = B5 + 21.31 cents 1000Hz = C6 - 78.69 cents A tuning difference of 21 ...


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If one is aspiring to become a good guitar player, there really is no alternative to learning to finger cleanly. On the other hand, if one wants to simply have fun playing the instrument, and play chords to back one's favorite songs, alternative tunings may reduce the level of technical proficiency required. One tuning which makes it very easy to play a ...


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First thing you might consider is to re-arrange some of the pieces. You're probably hesitant to do that; I'm not saying you should somehow cramp all the pieces into standard tuning, but it's quite possible that once you've tried every piece in several different tunings you will find you can at least reduce the number a little – seven is really quite extreme. ...


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Coming from a guitar perspective, Drop D is usually used to make power chords easier. If it was simply to gain access to the lower D then you would drop all the strings, to keep their tension more consistent and keep access to all your normal chord shapes. The same theory then applies to Drop C. Take EADG(Be), lower a step to the DGCF(Ad) tuning, and drop ...


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I like the way you've posed this question, and I think you're correct in comparing your problem to musicians who play different instruments in different keys, so I'll answer from that perspective. As jjmusicnotes alluded, it seems the problem may not be playing in different tunings so much as it is switching from one tuning to another after an extended ...


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Think of the reason you're giving names to notes: communication. So, it depends who you're communicating with, their expectations of you, and your expectations of them. When I play soprano ukulele, I think in terms of the guitar fretboard - the intervals between strings are the same as the top four strings of a guitar. So in my head, I play a guitar "D" ...


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This should be possible with any type of guitar. Since you are detuning the low E string, i.e. there is less tension overall, this should not be the cause of string breakage. What were you using as a reference tone, are you sure you were tuning the guitar correctly?


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Anything that achieves the sound you're after is a valid technique! That said, a guitar (for example) out of tune with itself will usually sound a bit unpleasant to most ears. However ... If you listen to Led Zep's Black Dog, the guitars are played twice, panned left and right, and just a touch out of tune with each other. I don't know whether this is ...


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Unfortunately, it's a bit more complicated than that. There is no single "Just Intonation System"; instead, there are multiple systems which can be said to be just, by virtue of the fact that they use just intervals (i.e. integer frequency ratios). The problem is in determining which ratios you want to use. One such Just system is the Pythagorean system, ...


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(String gauge and tension will be something to think about, but I guess that's not the question here.) Chords: any minor chord becomes a minor ninth (m9) and any major chord becomes a major-ninth (maj9). Here's an example of what it might sound like, playing two guitar sounds, one of them a fifth above the other. The ...


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The only real alternative that comes to mind is Joni Mitchell's solution. She is known for many many tuning changes, and her rig, last I heard, is a Parker Fly with a MIDI bridge and MIDI box that adjusts to her tunings, so it stays in standard but it sounds like DADGAD or whatever she chooses. It sounds like a great technical solution, but also a bit pricey....


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There are a few aspects of your guitars setup that make it not ideal to have to switch tunings. My personal instrument (bass) can take many tunings to a point as the strings are more robust, but you end up with a few issues around the action (the angle of the neck relative to the body, which causes the fret buzz), the nut width and possibly the bridge setup. ...


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Although it seems straight forward and simple, this is actually a tricky question. The tuning you describe is simply standard tuning - except one whole step flat. Everything Bob Broadley said in his answer is theoretically correct with one minor glitch (for G to F) created by the harmonica makers. In the example you used for your guitar tuning, if you ...


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