Do you tune your guitar on every session?

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

  1. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I usually have to tune mine every time I practice, which is supposed to be every day (my own schedule). My Tele seems to stay in tune better than my Gretches. My practice space stays a pretty consistent 68 degrees f. and I leave my guitars out of case.
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  2. CaliforniaSlim

    CaliforniaSlim Gretschie

    Jul 21, 2016
    I don't play well enough to also be out of tune. I tune up before I start playing - every time.
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  3. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    I always tune. By ear if I have to.
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  4. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    I don’t reach for one of my guitars to play without having a tuner available. Lengthy practice sessions I recheck tuning more than once.
  5. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    No way. That's my roadies job. :p
  6. Chet Harrison

    Chet Harrison Electromatic

    Apr 27, 2020
    First unanimous thread in guitar message board history?
  7. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Every time I pick it up...

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  8. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    I’m not OCD unless it’s about tuning. I check as often as possible!
  9. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I told my bass player he needed to tune his bass. He said, "Is it that time of the year already?"

    If I'm doing a gig, every chance I get. If I'm doing a session between every take. Use a good tuner and use it a lot.
  10. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    I tune mine at the start, and then check again in 15 minutes or so. I think my body warms them up and they change a bit. After that it's usually good. But I do play in different tunings so I'm always changing everything anyway.
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  11. Shock

    Shock Gretschie

    Sep 7, 2020
    It is a level of musicianship we all cross at some time. We become aware of in tune and out of tune. If my guitar is out of tune, I correct it. If not, I am not playing up to my potential. Practice won't make you perfect. But perfect practice will make you better. Set it in your mind that you are too good of a musician to play an out of tune guitar. Soon you will not be able to play an out of tune guitar, if that is how you practice.
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  12. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    A bad habit I have to get rid of: when I play at home, I don't tune to a tuner or tuning fork. This causes problems when inspiration kicks in and I take a quick and dirty video of a melody or chord progression, because when I try to work things out (chords to a melody or vice versa) and the recording isn't tuned to 440Hz, it can be annoying to get the tuning to match the recording. So yes, better tune up right every time you pick up the guitar.
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  13. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Gretschie

    Jan 11, 2019
    If it's my Tele, then I usually don't need to bother, though I can't help checking out of habit. I have a tuner at the front of my pedal board, so it mutes the guitar while I tune anyway. It's a polytune, so I can just strum the open strings and see straight away if there are any that need a tweak...they usually don't though once I've stretched new strings since all my nuts are cut properly (and no nut sauce needed either ;) ).
  14. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    True story....played a job with a last minute replacement Bass player and he asked to borrow my tuner. He handed it back after a few minutes and told me it was junk because it showed his Bass was out of tune...and it never goes out of tune. He was serious, played the whole first set out of tune. He was so far out of tune the Drummer was going to choke him. When he went to the bathroom after the first set I grabbed his Bass and tuned it. He never knew.

    Another one, I was in the audience at a local gig and was asked to sit in for a couple of songs but would have to use their guitar players Tele. He seemed okay with that so I said sure. I asked the Singer what he wanted me to play and he leaned over and quietly said “I don’t care, I wanted you up here because I knew you would tune that f*&$#ing guitar”.

    Always tune.
  15. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    Depends on which guitar I’m playing. I’m always shocked by my Duesenberg Starplayer. Its the only guitar I own that can sit for a month, go from my basement, out to the car, across town, into a different environment with alternating heating/cooling and still be in tune from the previous month.... weird. It’s the only guitar I own that if I check it once and it’s in tune that I have the confidence to play it without checking it throughout the service.
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  16. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    The best thing you can do for your musical ear is to tune up every time you play. And guitars do go out of tune based on temperature and humidity like Emma said earlier
  17. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Pretty normal. Especially if you have a bigsby. The spring is constantly tucking o the strings. However I don’t what what kind of magic they made my 2014 white falcon with but it’s rarely out of tune. My new falcon-a little bit off everyday.
  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I had Steinberger guitars with carbon-necks that held the tuning for a incredibly long time.
    Wooden guitars are bit more "volatile" when it comes to tuning.
    Since I play my guitars with a crunchy tone even the slightest detuning is causing unpleasant interferences when playing chords. So I am constantly checking my tuning.
  19. J Bird

    J Bird Gretschie

    I'll hear my friend's guitar is out of tune as we're jamming and suggest he tune it. After tuning it, he usually shrugs and tells me that only the g and b were out a little bit, like maybe I was wrong about it being out of tune. I just shrug and smile, at least we're in tune now.

    I tune frequently.
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  20. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Always play perfectly in tune. Otherwise, out of tune will start to sound normal. This explains why so many bands were out of tune before there were affordable tuners, mostly live but with exceptions like Badfinger's Baby Blue. If that guitar is in tune, message me! Off topic, even the tempo stumbles in Baby Blue, during the "what can I do part." Produced by Todd Rungren.
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