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    Default tuning guitar to E with no reference note?

    any of you ever heard of someone that could tune their guitar to E-A-D-G-B-E with no reference E (or any reference note) to start with? some guy is telling me he dated a girl who could do this.

    on paper I'm guessing that someone with 'perfect pitch' could be able to do this but I've never heard of anyone that could tune a guitar exactly to a specific tuning with no initial reference note

    obviously getting a guitar in tune with 'itself' is easy

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    Default tuning guitar to E with no reference note?

    Yep. My friend can do it. It's annoying. Haha.
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    I think I could get pretty close. I've heard you can get a reference note without a tuner from your telephone. I've never tried it, but somebody once told me that a dial tone is A 440.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    I think I could get pretty close.
    well I think could probably get within about a semitone either way, if I really concentrated. but to get it dead on, nah

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    Yep. My friend can do it. It's annoying. Haha.
    lol, yeah. it shouldn't be allowed.

    guess that clears it up then, these people do exist

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    He took years and years of piano lessons he has a really good ear.
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    Tuning by ear without a reference note?
    Yup. Since I started on piano I guess I have a leg up.

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    I can get close.

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    I took piano for years I can't hear notes in my head like that without any reference.
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    my brother is grade 8 on piano and head of music in the school he teaches at, and he can't either

    every guitarist knows how bad it sounds if one string goes just a fraction of a semitone out. to know an exact E note from memory would need some super precision, that's why I'm a bit sceptical on this. (not 100% doubting, I'd just like to see it done)

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    I hear notes in my head, but they are usually the wrong ones.

    No way I could do it.
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    I can get pretty close, but it's more luck than anything else LOL.
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    I can tune an a string to the a flat at the beginning of I'm the One in like ten to fifteen seconds; then I tune the rest of my guitar from that. It's relative pitch - which is more common and attainable then perfect pitch. If you know your stuff (basic major, minor & perfect intervals) and can memorize some tunes in your head - relative pitch is easy to achieve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joezlo View Post
    I can tune an a string to the a flat at the beginning of I'm the One in like ten to fifteen seconds; then I tune the rest of my guitar from that. It's relative pitch
    if you know what A flat sounds like with no reference note then doesn't that mean you basically have perfect pitch? cause you can work out what every other note is from that one A flat.

    what bugs me is, the level of accuracy needed to know a precise musical note like E from memory is so high I don't understand how anyone can do it. it's like being able to stick your hand in a beaker of water that's being heated, and be able to tell exactly when it hits say, 57 degrees C. (as opposed to 56.5 or 57.5)

 

 

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