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What does it mean when people say tune you guitar up or down a step.

Do you just tighen or loosen the strings until you get the guitar hitting the correct notes again but in a lower or higher pitch.


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Standard tuning is E-A-D-G-B-e and if you go down a half step (1 fret) which is Eb (E flat (b=flat #=sharp) you will end up with Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-eb and "Drop D" tuning is standard tuning but with a droped 6th string down to D so you end up eith D-A-D-G-B-e.


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I saw a posting on this but now I cant find it.

If I tune in Drop D then I should be able to tune my 6th string 7th fret to my open A string, correct? Would that be a safe way to do so in the event I didnt have a tuner?

Thanks in advance


“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” - David Russell (Scottish classical Guitarist. b.1942)

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yep, and may want to compare with the D octave, 4th string. The 3 bass strings will make a nice sounding chord.