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Like most strings instruments the pitch of each string can be changed with ease. Standard tuning is the tuning that is universally applied to the guitar and is:

E , A, D, G, B, E

Bottom E being the thickest string and Top E being the thinnest.

Drop D Guitar Tuner

Guitar Tuner Half Step Down

An alternative tuning for the guitar is Half Step Down, this would mean the strings are tuned  to the following:

Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb

There are a number of reasons to opt for this tuning, If your playing in a band were the singer is struggling to hit certain notes, a half step down can make things easier. Also the slightly light string tension can make bends / faster playing slightly easier. Blues players tend to favour half step down as it can give a slightly darker sound.

Yngwie Malmsteen favours half step down, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn.

7 String Guitar Tuner - Low B

With the advent of the 7 string guitar used by artists such as Steve Vai and Reb Beach guitarists now have the option of buying a guitar with a 7 String. The 7th String adds a new dimension to the guitar, rhythm parts can now stray in to the area bass players occupy, Arpeggios and scale patterns now have an increased range.

Rhythm parts can be extremely heavy sounding with distortion, so consequently the 7 string guitar tends to be used mainly with Heavy metal and rock. However the addition of 7th string can make playing challenging, and when playing scalar passages through a distorted amp things can sound muddy.

Artists that use the 7string guitar are, Steve Vai, Korn, Tony McAlpine etc.

Eb   Ab   Db   Gb Bb Eb

  D    A     D    G    B   E

E   A  D   G   B  E

  B   E  A    D    G   B   E

E   A  D   G   B  E

However the trade off is that the 7th string become largely a rhythm guitar facility as scalar passages in Low A become even more difficult.

    A  E   A   D  G  B   E

7 String Guitar Tuner - Low A

One solution  to 7 string guitar tuning is to use a Low A, this allows chords etc to be played in a similar way to Drop D. Power chords can be played with one finger and the moved around with ease.

Online Guitar Tuning, Online Guitar Tuner

  E    A     D    G    B    E

Standard Guitar Tuner

How to use the Guitar Tuner

1. Grab your guitar, loosen the locking nuts on the head stock if your guitar has these.  

2. Choose the Online Guitar Tuner you wish to use.

3. Click on the icon below each string, the open string note will continue play until you have finished.

4. Play the corresponding open string on your guitar and adjust the string until the note sounds the same as the guitar tuner note

5.Once your guitar is in tune tighten all locking nuts.

Online Guitar Tuner

Drop D tuning is popular across all styles of music from Heavy Metal to Acoustic Guitar. The tuning consists of the following:

D, A, D, G, B , E

The bottom three strings form a power chord shape that can be played with one finger barring the strings. This has the advantage of making transitions from rhythm and lead easier and also gives a much heavier chunky sound through distorted amps.

For the Acoustic Guitar, this tuning allows the use of simpler chord shapes across the guitar neck centred around a D tonality.

See instructions at the bottom of the page


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