A Failsafe Tuning Method

I first read about this way of tuning in The Acoustic Guitar Bible by Eric Roche. From then on I've nearly always used it especially when playing the acoustic guitar.

It works by tuning the high e (open 1st string) with a normal tuner or with who your playing with, this is your reference point. All the other strings will be tuned by ear to this string.

Play the 12th fret harmonic on the b string then play the same note on the 1st string and tune the 2nd string to the 1st. Playing each note so they ring together is vital. As the note that is being tuned gets closer to the reference pitch you will notice the oscillation slow down until it disappears, they will be then sounding the same note exactly. Repeat the process with the 12th harmonic on the g string to the 3rd fret 1st string g. Next is the d string 12th harmonic with the 3rd fret d on the b string. 12th fret harmonic on the a string to the same a note on the g string. Finally 12 fret harmonic on the 6th string to the 2nd fret e on the d string.

Each String is now tuned to the first open e. The Tuning method shown is for standard (EADGBe) but there no reason why it cant be used on different tunings. 




Eric Roche - While my guitar gently weeps (Beatles cover)

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Increase Your Picking Speed And Accuracy

Learning at Slower Speeds

When learning a piece of music, our goal most of the time is to be able to play it from memory.
So when we are trying to commit the music the aim is to get the information into our long-term memory.

Practising at a slow enough tempo lets our minds analyse the information and build muscle memory. The more concentration we put in at the slower speeds will make it easier to let go and build speed later on.

  • Pick a section of a solo or piece of music maybe a few bars long.
  • Try not to make it to long, enough to be able to remember it fairly quickly.
  • Memorize the piece so you don't need any help from sheet music.
  • Now with a metronome halve the full tempo and play the piece 10 time with 100% accuracy.
  • If you make a mistake start the 10 repetitions again.
  • After you have played the repetitions accurately 10 times in a row increase the metronome up 10%.
  • Then repeat and so on until you reach full tempo.

Concentrate on these things when playing through the repetitions:

  • Relaxing your picking arm and shoulder, keeping a comfortable posture.
  • Make the least amount of movement as possible with your picking hand.
  • Try not to raise your fingers to far away from the fretboard.
  • Keeping in time, aim to hit the beat consistently.
  • Embellishments i.e. vibrato, bending to correct pitch, dynamics.

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