So.. I broke my tuner. What's the best open source #guitar tuner #android #app for beginners? I'm currently learning songs on standard, drop D and alternative c# tuning. The latter is pretty hard to find on most apps. And the bare none apps are pretty confusing for me right now despite of being accurate. Thanks!
@akash What's c# tuning? (Both normal tuning and drop-D can be done using harmonics with the A string as reference.)
@bluebirch the one that you'd play 'snuff' on, C# F# B E G# C#. I'm not sure they call it c sharp iirc. I've tried doing it referencing to other strings before but unfortunately my ears aren't trained well enough for that yet I guess :(
@akash A perfect opportunity to start training your ears then! 😉 When you use a tuner, do you use a reference tone and tune the string to that tone by ear? Because with harmonics, for example, you can have the same note on two strings. 5th band harmonics on the E-string is E two octaves up, and 7th band harmonics on the A string is also E, the exact same note.
@techbolt oh wow this sure is a treasure chest! I'm saving this, will definitely give these a go once I get myself a new computer. I don't think the one I have can be revived again haha. Thank you so much!
@akash I strongly recommend learning to tune your instrument. You should only need one external reference note.
@tfb I guess I need force myself to focus on that more often. Been relying on the tuner heavily so far.
@ephemeral @akash There are two big reasons I think. One is to develop an ear for your instrument. The other is to be able to play with "difficult" instruments: accordions, bag pipes, pianos, etc. If one if those is a few cents off, or even half a step off, who cares, if everyone else can quickly tune to them. This is especially relevant for analogue synthesizers, which will change tuning over the course of a session.
Not really, you mostly need to just get used to hearing the tone and replicating it. As a player your ear has probably already learned this a bit.
Make sure it's a decent one - if your tuning fork is off by even a quarter tone then your whole instrument will be off. What might be a good way to build up the ability would be to use a digital tuner to double-check as you learn.
(which again doesn't solve your current problem of needing a tuner...sorry)
@akash I'd recommend trying to tune by ear, and using the tuner to check your work if you want. That will give you feedback to help develop your ear.
@tfb I tried today. Way off haha. The low E the hardest to tune because of the tension but I'm sure I'll get there :) Just need to remember that string that's supposed to be tuned to the 4th fret of the previous string instead of 5th
@akash It’s not the best but it’s decent... Boss has an official tuner app that makes your phone look like their tuner pedal.
@Lucca Oh I noticed that one but haven't tried it yet. It definitely looks fun I'll give it a go. Thanks!
@akash I used Datuner for years. It has a free trial, but then you have to pay a yearly fee, but it is very good. I was able to even tune pianos with it as a replacement for my old strobe that broke years ago.
@akash ...I agree with the other comments that tuning by war would be beneficial - however, I use Cythara from the FDroid store on an android device which works quite well for me
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