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(@nexion)
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I know Josh Homme uses this tuning for a lot of his songs and I would really like to know how to get in this tuning but I only know how to standard tune.

Would anybody kind enough care to give me a step by step of how to get my guitar into :
C F Bb Eb G C? Or if you are really kind, teach me how I can know how to get any string to tuned to any note/tuning.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advace!

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(@dustdevil)
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Get a chromatic tuner. It's under $20, and if you do any alternate tunings, it will pay off quickly.

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(@nexion)
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Is a chromatic tuner any different from the tuner I have:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-GA30-GuitarBass-Tuner?sku=210526 ?

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(@fretsource)
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That tuning is just a lower (by a major third) version of standard tuning. Using your standard tuner, fret each string at the 4th fret and tune as normal to E A D G B E. Barring or using a capo at the 4th fret will now give you standard tuning, but the open strings will be tuned to C F Bb Eb G C


   
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(@ricochet)
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Yes. Though that tuner's expanded to cover the notes on a 7 string guitar or 6 string bass, it's still limited to the notes of those standard tunings, with the option to flatten the whole thing by up to 5 half steps. A chromatic tuner has all twelve half steps of the chromatic scale on it. Much handier.

Since that tuning's a major third down from standard tuning, using the tuner you have with the option to flatten it four half steps will work. Your strings will be very slack unless you use a heavy gauge.

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It does appear to be a chromatic tuner. Look at the right hand corner of the window. When you hit your low E string it should say "6E," right? Tune down until it says "6C" and you'll be on your way. Do the same with the other strings - looking for "5F," 4Bb," etc...
"Bb" may be "A#" on your tuner.

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That tuning is just a lower (by a major third) version of standard tuning. Using your standard tuner, fret each string at the 4th fret and tune as normal to E A D G B E. Barring or using a capo at the 4th fret will now give you standard tuning, but the open strings will be tuned to C F Bb Eb G C
But I would tune to the third fret for the 2nd string correct.

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Fourth fret, not third.

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Korg uses G to denote "guitar" tuners (e.g. GA30) and C to denote "chromatic" (e.g. CA40)

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Korg uses G to denote "guitar" tuners (e.g. GA30) and C to denote "chromatic" (e.g. CA40)
I figured that it wasn't chromatic, because I tried to tune down untie it said something other than 6E it never changed, and once I got lower than 430hz the needle stopped registering.

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Do you own a capo? Another way to deal with this would be to place a capo on the fourth fret (because E is two steps (four half steps or frets) away from C) and then tune your guitar to standard using your regular tuner. You should find yourself tuning everything down. Then when it's in tune to standard, take your capo off and you'll be in CFBbEbGC. You may need to do some "fine tuning" once the capo's off but it should work fine.

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No, but when I go out tommorow to get my pedal, I'll pick one up.

Thanks! :lol:

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No, but when I go out tommorow to get my pedal, I'll pick one up.

That's why I said "fret the strings at the fourth fret" - Because I wasn't sure if you had a capo. Apart from that, there's no difference between David's and my solution. Don't wait until tomorrow. You can tune it right now by fretting at the fourth fret and tuning as normal. (But be sure to buy one anyway tomorrow - a capo is well worth having).


   
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No, but when I go out tommorow to get my pedal, I'll pick one up.

That's why I said "fret the strings at the fourth fret" - Because I wasn't sure if you had a capo. Apart from that, there's no difference between David's and my solution. Don't wait until tomorrow. You can tune it right now by fretting at the fourth fret and tuning as normal. (But be sure to buy one anyway tomorrow - a capo is well worth having).
I know, I already achieved this tuning about a week and a half ago. :lol:
I just said I was going to pick a capo up.

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(@fretsource)
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I know, I already achieved this tuning about a week and a half ago. :lol:
I just said I was going to pick a capo up.

Good for you

If you haven't used capos much, check out David's article:
https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/the-underappreciated-art-of-using-a-capo/

Well worth a read.


   
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