How to Drop D Tune Guitar FAST by Ear Tutorial

richardsguitarstudio on November 4, 2014

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Why do you need to know how to drop D tune guitar fast by ear? What about learning to tune your guitar by ear in standard tuning, or any other tuning for that matter? Here are a few things to think about.

  1. Ear training is ALWAYS a good thing. Knowing how to match pitch by ear, hearing the different qualities of intervals, understanding which interval or chord you’re hearing – these things all factor into ear training. When tuning, you get a better sense of pitch and extra practice each day. Also, other techniques will improve.  For example, string bending will absolutely get better the more you train your ear, and your soloing will benefit.
  2. Know your guitar. If you play an instrument, you should want to know the ins and outs of its construction, tuning system, and other musical attributes. If you don’t know the basics of the instrument you play, anything more complex than beginner level (theory, improvisation and songwriting, technique, etc.) will elude you. You need a solid ground to stand on.
  3. When you’re in a pinch…On stage and Snark battery die? At a friends house jamming and your phone is dead? If you can’t tune by ear, you’ll likely be in this situation at some point in your life and have a crappy session because your guitar isn’t perfectly tuned – or you waste a bunch of time and frustration trying to tune it. Also, I find that I usually can get my guitar in tune – especially drop D – BETTER than an electronic tuner. Listening to the unique overtones described in this video, on your own unique guitar, can get a PERFECT perfect 5th every time!

Nate from Richards Guitar Studio shows you how to drop D tune guitar fast by ear tutorial. In this guitar lesson tutorial you will also learn how to tune back up from drop D to E standard tuning. No guitar tuner necessary! Use your ears, give it some practice – the most effective and fast way to tune without a guitar tuner.

Richards Guitar Studio offers professional guitar lessons in Aston PA. We serve Delaware County PA towns such as Swarthmore, Media, Springfield, Ridley Park, Garnet Valley, and Brookhaven.


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