I don't play much standard, mostly drop songs. i used to use an external tuner but now i have the Spider IV 15. question is, can the tuner tune to drop tunings? or only standard? if it can tune to drop settings how do i do so?
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 07:34 AM
The tuners on all Line 6 products are chromatic, so as long as you're using A440 as your reference pitch, you don't need to adjust anything on the tuner itself to lower the tuning of your guitar. Just use tuner to tune the strings to the note you want them at. For example, if you want to tune a step down, tune your E string to D, your A string to G, etc.
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 11:12 PM
what is A440? i know nothing about guitars as far as scales, pitch, etc. so if you could provide some clarity..?
Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:10 AM
SchectersDemon, A440 is just a shorthand way of saying that you are tuned to a standard reference pitch - that is, when you play the note A above middle C, it is tuned to the international standard of 440 Hertz. Tuning forks use this standard. So do electronic tuners, but some also offer you the flexibility to adjust the reference pitch slightly (which allows you to easily use your tuner but also sync up with, say, a slightly out-of-tune piano). Anyway, what phil_m is saying is that all you need to do is use the readout on your tuner - for drop D, just tune your low string till the tuner reads D, and you'll be in tune with any other instruments that tuned using the A440 standard reference pitch to calibrate. Clear as mud? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A440_(pitch_standard) if you want to learn more.