FINDING CONCERT PITCH 'A' ON THE GUITAR FRETBOARD!
First find Middle C,
Middle C on the guitar is either 8th fret E string, or 3rd fret A string. That doesn't give you much room for playing more bassy stuff. Guitar is a
treble clef based instrument and as such you don;t really need to use a bass clef. Even low E can be written on treble clef with 3 ledger lines.
Borrow a crappy old casiotone or something. One of ur older relatives will have one gathering dust.
AH HA! BUT IS IT REALLY O_o????
SO WHERE IS MIDDLE C ACTUALLY LOCATED, AND WHY?
Actually, it's more accurate to say that middle C on the guitar is the fifth fret G string, or 1st fret B string. You're right, when we see a middle
C on the page, we play it at either of the locations you mentioned. However, the guitar is a transposing instrument. It plays an octave lower than it
reads. If you ask anybody else for middle C, the note they will give you is the one that sounds at the fifth fret G string, or first B
SO THEN WHERE IS CONCERT PITCH 'A' LOCATED ON THE GUITAR FRETBOARD?
10TH FRET of 'B' STRING,
how was this figured?
Well if MIDDLE C is located at 1ST FRET on the B STRING,
And CONCERT PITCH "A' is the 'A' immediately 'above' MIDDLE C,
Then the notes ascend as following:
Db - 2
D - 3
Eb - 4
E - 5
F - 6
Gb - 7
G - 8
Ab - 9
A - 10....
simply as that, Concert Pitch A is located on the B string @ the 10th Fret.
To tune you guitar to A=432Hz simply....
Download a FREE tone generator from the internet, they're tiny in size (fast download) and theres a wide variety out there.
Configure it so it is playing 1 singular tone of 432Hz.
The NHC tone generator (free) for e.g, defaults with 2 tones one of 440 & one of 432 when you open the software for the first time. this makes things
simply find 'tone' from the menu, then from the drop-down menu find 'number of tones' and select '1'.
this will delete the 2nd tone which is the 440 one that u don't want.
press the 'play' button to start listening to the remaining tone of 432,
You will need a chromatic tuner with a microphone function,
make sure the mic is enabled (some variations of tuner have a switch)
put the tuner up against ur speaker with the tone gen running
you may have to play around with the distance a bit due to the wavelength of the sound coming out of the speaker, in relation to the tuner mic,
interfering with the pitch or what not,
basically the tuner might read it as a 'D' and if you move the tuner around you should find a spot where it reads 'A' and the indicator should sit
fairly far to the left if your tuner is set to A=440 which it should be for this method.
now you have your mark to tune to, and you know that the fret to tune to this mark is the 10th fret on the B string, all you need do now is tune the
fret/string, then tune all the other strings on the guitar to the B string.
low E string open = A string fret 7
fret 5 low E string = A string open
fret 5 A string = D string open
Fret 5 D string = G string open
Fret 4 G string = B string open
Fret 5 B string = high E string open
Hope this helps all the guitarists out there to tune to 432hz,
I just tuned my guitar up using this way and it sounds quite good however I think I will have to tune to 432hz more regularly to get the strings used
Finally, If any technically minded musicians out there notice any errors, please to be posting corrections, however my ears found the sound agreeable,
and the tuner said the little 432hz texta pen mark on its screen was definitely an A.
P.S. - thanks for explaining 729/sun connection hawk, much appreciated.
[edit on 8/11/09 by B.Morrison]