How To Tune A Guitar Down A Half Note

Need to know how to tune a guitar down a half-note? You can tune a guitar a half-note down using a tuner or you can do so by ear. This article will help you learn both methods, so use whichever one you are more comfortable with.

To tune a guitar down a half-note with a tuner, you will need:

  • A guitar
  • A tuner
  1. Turn on your tuner and play the low E string on your guitar. Depending on what kind of tuner you have, it should display the note that the string is playing. The usual tuning for a low string on a guitar is an E. You want the tuner to read a half-note down, which is E flat, or D sharp, which are the same thing. While strumming the note, turn the tuning peg until the note on the tuner reaches E flat or D sharp, whichever your tuner reads it as.
  2. Do the same with the next string, which is usually an A. A half-note down from an A is G sharp or A flat, both being the same thing. Tune the string until you have reached that tuning.
  3. Tune the third string on your guitar down a half-note. This string is usually a D. You want it to be a half-note down, which is a D flat or C sharp. Tune until the tuner reads this.
  4. Tune the fourth string on your guitar down a half note. The fourth string is usually a G. A half-note down from G is G flat or F sharp. Tune until you reach that note.
  5. Tune the fifth string on your guitar down a half-note. The fifth string is usually a B. A half-step down is an A sharp or a B flat. Tune your guitar until the tuner reads this note.
  6. Tune the sixth string on your guitar down half a note. This string is usually an E. Down a half-step, it is an E flat or a D sharp. Tune your guitar until you reach the desired note. You have now tuned your entire guitar down a half-note with a tuner.

To tune a guitar down a half-note with your ear and a starting point with a tuner, you will need:

  • A guitar
  • A tuner
  1. Play the low E string on your guitar with your tuner turned on. Tune down half a note to D sharp or E flat, which are the same thing.
  2. The rest you do with your ears. You can turn off your tuner now. Put your right index finger on the fifth fret of the low string and play. Play the second string next to it. They will sound a little off, by half a step, actually! You want to have them sound the same. Continue to tune the second string to the first string fretted on the fifth fret until they sound the same.
  3. Do this with the next string.  You will now have the first three strings on your guitar tuned down a half-note.
  4. On the fourth string, usually the G string, you will use the fourth fret instead of the fifth fret. Tune the fifth string to the fourth fret of the fourth string. It is now down half a note.
  5. On the fifth string, go back to tuning using the fifth fret. Tune the sixth string to match the fifth string's fifth fret. You are now finished tuning your guitar by ear, and you now know two ways to tune your guitar down a half-note.
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