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Dear All
I’m currently writing a dissertation about the preferred method of tuning guitars and bass guitars. I would appreciate it very much if you have 5minutes for me to answer the questions below and PM or email it to me at [email][email protected][/email] .

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
4. If by ear how do you go about?
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
9. What is your preferred tuning method?
thank you very much for your invaluable support in advance.

dazzyroots

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OK, here goes...

1: 34 years
2: Yes, built-in tuner on Digitech BNX3 multifx unit.
3: Both
4: Ask another musician to give me a G note, then tune the other strings using harmonics on 5th and 7th frets.
5: Yes
6: N/A
7: It can be a little oversensitive and can flicker between determining whether the string is in tune or slightly sharp or flat.
8: Yes
9: Using the electronic tuner, as it is silent and also illuminated which is great for tuning onstage.

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1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

25+ years

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?

Yes, various, plug in ones and built into my TC BH250 amp


3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?

Electronic tuner and then a quick check by ear


4. If by ear how do you go about?

Just to check strings are relatively tuned after using the tuner on each string.


5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not

Yes. No one seems to complain ;)


6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?

N/a


7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner

Nothing


8. Do you know how to tune by ear?

Yes, as affordable electronic tuners weren't around when I started playing. I have previously used a tuning fork!


9. What is your preferred tuning method?

Electronic tuner.



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[quote name='dazzyroots' timestamp='1417005797' post='2615956']
Dear All
I’m currently writing a dissertation about the preferred method of tuning guitars and bass guitars. I would appreciate it very much if you have 5minutes for me to answer the questions below and PM or email it to me at [email][email protected][/email] .

1. How long have you been playing your instrument? 35 years
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model? POD X3 LIVE
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner? Both
4. If by ear how do you go about? I tune electronically then fine tune by ear by playing some open and barre chords
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? YES
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
9. What is your preferred tuning method?
thank you very much for your invaluable support in advance.



dazzyroots
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There you go. Although I think your survey needs tuning a bit :)

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1. 20 yrs
2. Yes, Peterson Stomp Classic
3. Electronic tuner
4. Tune to open E and then 5th fret
5. Yes, unless by ear
6. When I've tuned by ear it sounds OK to me, but I'm told that it's not
7. Nothing
8. Yes
9. Electronic tuner

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[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]1. How long have you been playing your instrument? 32 years[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model? Yes, Mooer Baby Tuner[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner? Both, but mostly electronic.[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]4. If by ear how do you go about? Get a reference note from another instrument then tune via octaves and harmonics on other strings .[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not Yes[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]6. Why are you not happy with your tuning? n/a[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner. Nothing with the current tuner but some I've used in the past have been slow to respond.[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]8. Do you know how to tune by ear? Yes[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]9. What is your preferred tuning method? Electronic since I know that it's 100% accurate. Plus the tuner will mute my sound so when playing live you don't get to "entertain" the audience/band mates with your tuning.[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]thank you very much for your invaluable support in advance.[/font][/color]

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can't be bothered to answer all the questions, I use an electric tuner built into my zoom 506II pedal, yes I'm happy, nobody notices if a bass is a bit out of tune anyway, IMO as ever

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Has anyone actually read what the OP wrote?

He's not asking you to answer here, but to PM or email him ...

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[quote name='Happy Jack' timestamp='1417009688' post='2616012']
Has anyone actually read what the OP wrote?

He's not asking you to answer here, but to PM or email him ...
[/quote]
Not much fun if we can't see everybody's answers is it? I always thought that was the idea of a forum

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[quote name='tonyquipment' timestamp='1417009901' post='2616020']
TL;DR.
[/quote]

ONE paragraph is too long for you to read? How do you read a book..?
OK, as you were - I think the answer would depress me. ;)

Edited by discreet

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1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
[b]More than 40 years[/b]

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
[b]Yes, Peterson StroboRack[/b]

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
[b]On stage always with a tuner - no-one wants to hear people tuning up at a gig or taking ages about it. At home with the tuner or by ear whatever is most convenient or appropriate.[/b]

4. If by ear how do you go about?
[b]Fretless bass using harmonics. Fretted bass using the fretted notes. Guitar fretted notes and then playing the chords I'll be using in that particular song to fine tune. Fretted instruments are always a compromise with regards to tuning so the tuning always needs to be adjusted to suit the chords you'll be using.[/b]

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
[b]Yes.[/b]

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
[b]See above.[/b]

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
[b]It's not always as "right" for chordal instruments as tuning by ear, but all the benefits outweigh this for everything except for some recording sessions.[/b]

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
[b]Yes.[/b]

9. What is your preferred tuning method?
[b]On stage always just the tuner - no-one wants to hear people tuning up at a gig or taking ages about it. At home with the tuner or by ear whatever is most convenient.[/b]

thank you very much for your invaluable support in advance.

[b]Thanks. I've posted my answers here. Please come back and interact with the forum some more. What is the purpose of this survey?[/b]

Edited by BigRedX

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[quote name='Happy Jack' timestamp='1417009688' post='2616012']
Has anyone actually read what the OP wrote?

He's not asking you to answer here, but to PM or email him ...
[/quote]

Nobody reads anything properly, and it's not just kids :)

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[quote name='Marvin' timestamp='1417011108' post='2616044']
Nobody reads anything properly, and it's not just kids :)
[/quote]

I didn't SAY I don't like Fenders, I just said there are better basses out there!

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[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]1. How long have you been playing your instrument?[/font][/color]
10 - 11 Years
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?[/font][/color]
Yes - Snark Stage Tuner / Amplitube built in tuner on PC
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Usually electric Tuner[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]4. If by ear how do you go about?[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Tune the E till I'm happy it's accurate, then do the 5th fret harmonic one string and tune the 7th fret harmonic on the string below, then tweak till my heart's content[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not[/font][/color]
It's usually about 90% accurate.
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]It's never perfect, but good enough for practising with, but not for playing with others or recording [/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Nothing, it's faster![/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]8. Do you know how to tune by ear?[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Not 100% accurately, but can get it pretty close[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]9. What is your preferred tuning method?[/font][/color]
[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Electric Tuner[/font][/color]

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[quote name='discreet' timestamp='1417011343' post='2616051']


I didn't SAY I don't like Fenders, I just said there are better basses out there!
[/quote]

I was simply pointing out that if you alligned them vertically you'd get much better dispersion...

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[quote name='Marvin' timestamp='1417011954' post='2616063']
I was simply pointing out that if you alligned them vertically you'd get much better dispersion...
[/quote]

Body woods make NO difference to tone - in my humble opinion.

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[quote name='Happy Jack' timestamp='1417012037' post='2616066']
But then the handles fall off.
[/quote]

The BBOT is perfectly adequate! You should only replace it for aesthetic or practical reasons!

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This is neither the TIM nor plaice for these remarks. :mellow:[size=4] [/size]

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1. How long have you been playing your instrument?
18 years
2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?
Yes. Boss Tuning Pedal
3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?
Electronic Tuner
4. If by ear how do you go about?
Harmonics
5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not
If i'm using a tuner, yes
6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?
If i'm going by ear, if i don't have a pitch perfect E to use as a start point, i could always be a little off
7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner
Nothing
8. Do you know how to tune by ear?
Yes
9. What is your preferred tuning method?
Boss Pedal. Quicker, easier, less obnoxious

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[quote name='Dad3353' timestamp='1417012745' post='2616075']
This is neither the TIM nor plaice for these remarks. :mellow:
[/quote]

There's something very fishy about this.

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[quote name='dazzyroots' timestamp='1417005797' post='2615956']
Dear All
I’m currently writing a dissertation about the preferred method of tuning guitars and bass guitars. I would appreciate it very much if you have 5minutes for me to answer the questions below and PM or email it to me at [email=""][email protected][/email] .

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

[color=#0000ff]3 Years[/color]

2. Do you use an electronic tuner? If yes which model?

[color=#0000ff]Built in on Zoom B3/G3 or TC BH250 Amp.[/color]

3. Do you tune by ear or electronic tuner?

[color=#0000ff]Electronic.[/color]

4. If by ear how do you go about?

[color=#0000ff]N/A[/color]

5. Are you always 100% happy with your tuning? / if not

[color=#0000ff]Yes.[/color]

6. Why are you not happy with your tuning?

[color=#0000ff]N/A[/color]

7. What disturbs you about the electronic tuner

[color=#0000ff]Nothing, also handy as a mute.[/color]

8. Do you know how to tune by ear?

[color=#0000ff]Yes. Used to play Brass and that was the standard method.[/color]

9. What is your preferred tuning method?

[color=#0000ff]Electronic - no contest.[/color]

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