How to Tune a Guitar Down 1/4 Step

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For playing songs that reach a bit lower than usual, you can tune your guitar a quarter step to reach them. Calibrate your guitar for these songs with help from a professional electric guitar instructor in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hi, this is Wesley Winford, and today I'll be showing you how to tune your guitar down a quarter step. So, what I'll be using to do that is, I mean, I'm just using a standard tuner app for my iPhone, and, but any other tuner that has a control of the calibration is, that will allow you to tune down a quarter step. And what you're going to do is, well the calibration will be set to 440 hertz at first. That's perfect pitch on this, 440 and there's kind of, you're going to have to probably play around with it but if you pretty much a quarter step down is about 430 hertz. So set your tuner to that, set the calibration to that and then tune your guitar and you noticed your tuner, your guitar might be in tune first to your ear but your tuner is telling you that it's not. And so your tuner will tell you to tune it down until you get to a quarter step. And that was how to tune your guitar down a quarter step.


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