Do you tune your guitar on every session?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by old_internal, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. old_internal

    old_internal Electromatic

    Mar 28, 2021
    Hey guys. Hope you had a great day/night!
    My question is not about Gretsch specifically but rather your daily habits
    Most of the times I practice guitar every other day and before I start practicing, I connect my amp to my laptop and use Fender Fuse app to tune my guitar and most of the times, maybe half of the string are about 5 cent out of tune and I have to tune it.
    Is this normal? And is it worth it to tune my guitar every time I want to practice?
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  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    I'd say that was pretty normal. Depending on temperature and humidity in the house. And yes, it's good to be in tune, always.
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  3. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

    Aug 11, 2020
    If I know I'm only going to pick it up, "plink" for 5 minutes and get going, I may not bother....but otherwise, yes....I always tune it.
  4. Chet Harrison

    Chet Harrison Electromatic

    Apr 27, 2020
    Yes it's normal and yes it's worth the effort to keep your guitar in tune.

    If you watch live performances, sometimes you'll see guitarists checking/adjusting tuning after every song.
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  5. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    Every couple songs....
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  6. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Gretschie

    Jan 2, 2018
    I tune my guitar all the time. Between songs I check tuning. You should always make sure your guitar is in tune. Temperature changes cause tuning instability so yes make sure you're in tune.
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  7. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    My streamliner only holds in tune for one song, it is what it is
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  8. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm constantly checking the tuning. It doesn't matter what brand, or price point your guitar is, the weak point is going to be the actual strings themselves. I have found that the lighter gauge strings are the least stable as far as tuning goes. And, keeping your guitar in tune helps to tune your ears for the possibility of a foul note.
  9. DougWheeler74

    DougWheeler74 Gretschie

    Jul 10, 2019
    NE Wisconsin, US
    Question: "What's worse than a guitar player who tunes on stage?"
    Answer: " One who doesn't."

  10. El Marin

    El Marin Gretschie

    Playing out of tune is a lack of respect to the people who is listening and goes directly against you and your band.
    You can finish a song a bit out of tune, but never start one, period
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  11. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    If I’m playing alone, I’ll check if something sounds off, but the stakes are low.

    In a band setting it’s a different story!

    I tune up before we start, and I check my tuning whenever possible in between songs. My Gretschs with B6 Bigsbys barely EVER go out of tune, but my Esquire needs a fix after any serious Bigsby use. Usually I just have to wiggle the handle until it goes back where it belongs.

    Regardless, I check often because I want to sound good, and we have the technology!
    Any pedalboard should have a reliable tuner pedal included. If there’s no pedalboard, ya gotta have some kind of easily accessible tuning tool handy.

    @El Marin is 100% correct!
  12. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I tune 3 or four times during any session. I often tune between certain songs in a gig. Guitars are subjected to changes in temperature and mechanical stresses that a piano never sees.
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  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    I always have several Snark tuners ready on hand. Sometimes, it stays on the headstock for all the set - like on the pics below - but I'm quite afraid that it may fall for any reason :oops:, so that's why I usually remove it.



    Also, my guitars can stay in tune... At least as well if not way better as the brass section of the band... :cool::D:D:D

  14. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    FYI - don't try to use a headstock tuner as a capo, it just won't work. I just left my reading glasses at home that day and that tuner really looked like a capo to me.

  15. BFTmarshall

    BFTmarshall Synchromatic

    Jan 12, 2020
    sometimes every 2 3 minutes in the studio..def when intense striking is happening & always before each final lead take

    live. as needed..never hurts when a second down during set..check it..
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  16. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    I Always tune while the amp is warming up on standby. Then i tune as needed during a session. i hate playing out of tune.
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  17. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    First, I have 3 different headstock tuners and bought a really nice Korg TM-60 cause it's an accurate tuner/metronome and both of my Fender amps have built in tuners...

    I'm new at this and tune my guitars all the time. I am working to train my ear to hear perfect tuning and notice when it is out of tune. Takes time and effort but obviously worth it.
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  18. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Every set start at a gig.
    Usually only if it doesn't sound right at home.
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  19. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Synchromatic

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Hey now!! :eek::D
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  20. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Whenever it's out of tune.
    I tune by ear.
    Sometimes, I tune during a song.
    Last edited: May 1, 2021
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