How to Tune a Guitar to C-Sharp

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In order to tune a guitar to C-sharp, tune each string down to the next lower tone in the chord. Find out how to tune each string to achieve an open C-sharp major chord on a guitar with help from a professional musician in this free video on tuning guitars.

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Hello this is Lucian Williams from lucianwilliams.com. I'm going to show you how to tune a guitar to an open C sharp major chord. The notes in the C sharp major chord are C sharp, E sharp, better known as F and G sharp. So we have to tune each string down to the next lower tone in the chord. The low E string has to be tuned down to a C sharp so as a reference I am going to use the fourth fret note on the fifth fret string. I am going to tune that twelfth fret harmonic on the E string to the C sharp on the fourth fret of the fifth string. Now I have to tune down the open fifth string which is normally A to a G sharp down a half step so I am going to use the G sharp on the sixth fret of the fourth string as a reference. First I am going to detune the fifth string, lower it and stretch it out and match the twelfth fret harmonic to the sixth fret of the fourth string. The fourth string which is normally D in standard tuning has to be tuned down half steps to C sharps so using the sixth fret of the third string as a reference point I'm going to lower the fourth string, loosen it up, stretch it out and tune the twelfth fret harmonic on the fourth string to the C sharp note on the third string. The third string is G in standard tuning and that means it needs to be tuned down a whole step to E sharp or F natural so as a reference I'm going to use the first fret F on the first string, lower the third string, stretch it out and tune the twelfth fret harmonic on the third string to the first fret of the first string, right about there. The second string which is the B note in standard tuning needs to be tuned down to G sharp so I'm going to use the fourth fret of the first string G sharp as a reference and I'm going to lower the second string flatten it out, stretch it out and tune the twelfth fret harmonic of the second string to G sharp, right about there and finally for the first string I need to raise it a half step from E to E sharp so I'm going to tune the open first string to the twelfth fret harmonic of the re-tuned third string, just like that. So now the guitar is tuned to an open C sharp major chord and you can just play a major chord with one finger. This is Lucian Williams and thank you for watching.

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