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Post new topic Tuning the E9 2nd string lower to D
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Scott Swartz


From:
St. Louis, MO
Post Posted 25 Nov 2002 2:48 pm     Reply with quote

I am using the Newman E9 chart and like it except for one place.

With pedals down the D is noticeably out against the A note (3rd string with B pedal).

If I change the D to make the above interval sound good, then the string 1 and 2 interval sounds out.

I guess the answer is a compensator?

Or split the difference and live with it?
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Jeff Lampert


From:
queens, new york city
Post Posted 25 Nov 2002 4:03 pm     Reply with quote

I just looked at JN's tuning chart. According to the chart, the D note lower on the 2nd string is tuned flat relative to the 3rd string B note. HOWEVER, the 9th string D note is tuned slightly sharp to the 3rd string B. If you tune both the 2nd string D note and the 9th string equal to the 3rd string B note, then you wouldn't have the problem you stated.

[This message was edited by Jeff Lampert on 25 November 2002 at 04:07 PM.]

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Bobby Lee


From:
Cloverdale, California, USA
Post Posted 25 Nov 2002 6:04 pm     Reply with quote

I tune both D's to +10 cents. Pretty far sharp, but it sounds good to me.

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Scott Swartz


From:
St. Louis, MO
Post Posted 26 Nov 2002 7:41 am     Reply with quote

Making the D sharper so as to be in tune with the A sounds better to me also, per the chart the D is flat sounding in single note runs.

What Jeff said makes sense, use the hertz for the 9th string D.


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rhcarden


From:
Lampe,Mo / USA
Post Posted 27 Nov 2002 8:30 am     Reply with quote

Why not tune it with the piano or the rest of the band, ET!

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Bob Carden 66 Emmons P/P 8/9
BMI 13 string 7/7
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Earnest Bovine


From:
Los Angeles CA USA
Post Posted 27 Nov 2002 8:45 am     Reply with quote

Quote:
Why not tune it with the piano or the rest of the band, ET!
.. because no steel guitar operates perfectly in tune. The width of your intervals will vary from minute to minute, and it is important to keep them in a range that sounds good. If your guitar errs on the just side of ET, you are safe. On the unjust side, it sounds nasty.
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rhcarden


From:
Lampe,Mo / USA
Post Posted 5 Dec 2002 12:14 pm     Reply with quote

Just the way I here it!

If you are playing alone or with just a bass and drums, JT works. But, if you are playing with a band, you need to be in tune with the other members.

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Bob Carden 66 Emmons P/P 8/9
BMI 13 string 7/7
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