Not Happy With Your Tuning? How To Fine Tune Your Guitar

29 May

I am sure we are all a bit frustrated when it comes to tuning our guitars. As much as things have become easier by using a tuner of some sort, I always feel I have to always fine-tune my guitar as I start playing.

If you don’t want to go as far as installing the Buzz Feiten System, I suggest you watch the video below, where James Taylor shows you how to use a tuner with ‘cents’ to put the guitar very slightly out of tune to have a more pleasing experience along the fretboard and in different keys. You will be surprised!

What he suggests is this (in cents):

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If you don’t have a tuner with cents you can use this great online java tuner from SeventhString:


You an also use a tuning app like GString for Android to monitor your tuning: when you feel that you are in perfect tuning at the end of a gig or session and keep track of what is the ratio/relation of cents between the strings. Write them down and see if there is a recurring pattern. I suggest you to do this when you are playing in a band setting, not just by yourself.

Good Luck!

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Gianni Chiarello has gained a reputation as an extremely versatile musician, having professional credits as a guitarist, bassist, arranger and producer. His music is a preconception-free mix of Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B and contemporary elements, influenced by .

Born in Italy, in his forming years he performed with some of his country’s finest musicians working towards developing different styles, from rock to pop, funk and jazz. In 1999 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, on a scholarship program, where he graduated with a Degree “Magna cum laude” in Professional Music, studying under the direction of Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Brett Willmott and Dave Samuels, also playing in the Boston area and along the States’ east coast as a freelance musician.

Alongside studio work, he has been performing with, and leading as Musical Director, numerous bands and orchestras, comping for celebrities from the sixties like The Platters, The Coasters, Bobby Arvon, The Diamonds, Vegas – Broadway entertainers like Tony Tillman, Kenny James, Hal Fraiser, Lorna Luft, Ben Vereen, Susan Anton and Roy Walker. Furthermore his work entailed musical theatre style production reviews, encompassing shows such as “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “We Will Rock You”, “Starlight Express”, “Grease” and “Rent”.

After relocating to the UK in 2005, has performed, amongst others with Robbie McIntosh (John Mayer, Paul Mccartney) Jeremy Stacey (Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow), Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), Iain Ballamy and many others. His latest instructional eBooks can now be purchased online: “Contemporary solo guitar” (2008) and “Contemporary blues soloing” (2009) “Contemporary Blues Chords and Comping” (2011)

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