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Do you tune your strings in a particular order and is this of any significance? I always tune low to high, my reasoning being that if the E and A strings require any significant tuning, it will likely affect the tuning of the lighter D and G and they may then require re-tuning.

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I always start with the E then A,D,G.

No logic behind it, I've just always done it that way.

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I've always began with the G then down to the D and beyond.

I suppose if I thought about it the D then the G usually have the highest tension of all with the E usually the lowest so if the neck is going to move however slightly then it will have done so by the time I get down to the E rather than tune the E and have it go slightly out when I tune the higher strings. It sounds right in my head so must be correct :crazy:

I always restring the G first then the D, A & E as well

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Weirdly I've always gone from G to E (or B with fivers), no idea why. 

Unless all the strings have been slackened for any reason in which case I'll do a mixture of low and high to put the neck back under stress evenly and not stress one side before the other. 

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I tune the one that is out of tune the most first, then the others. then I do the B.

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I  tune E first then A D G  I was shown that way from day 1 so it just stuck with me .

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I always tune G,D,A,E.

Except on a Wednesday, when I tune E,A,D,G.

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I can see a sort of of logic in starting at the G in that your'e then not reaching over tuners you've already tuned in order to get to the next string, so you're less likely to knock a tuner you've already tuned. 

Although that only really works on a 4 in a row or 3 + 1 headstock. It might be different on a 2 +2 arrangement.

If that makes any sense at all.

I'm not planing to change from starting on E though.

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G to B to put the bass into tune, then G to B again to double check.

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I always tune highest string to lowest (GDAEB in my case) which I think might be a subconscious spillover from using raking technique in my playing. It just feels like the most efficient way of doing it, especially considering the points that have been made re: knocking tuning pegs that have already been tuned.

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Isn't it just easier going from one side to the other?

If you tuned odd then even strings or from the middle out or the outside in, you'd get lost.

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Low to high (which could be EADG or BEAD or BEADG or BEADGC depending on the bass 🙂 ) because I tune to the 5th fret of the string below as best I can, and only use a tuner to check and super-fine-tune it, or to put the same tuner on the lead guitar to be sure we're really together. 

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5 minutes ago, chris_b said:

Isn't it just easier going from one side to the other?

 

That's what everyone does so far....

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This is how religious schisms begin.

One innocent question about an inconsequential point of protocol.

A thousand years from now our descendants will still be participating in mass persecutions and guerilla warfare between E starters and G starters.

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2 minutes ago, Cato said:

This is how religious schisms begin.

One innocent question about an inconsequential point of protocol.

A thousand years from now our descendants will still be participating in mass persecution and guerilla warfare between E starters and G starters.

No, we all love each other. Until the A and D starters turn up...

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1 minute ago, arthurhenry said:

No, we all love each other. Until the A and D starters turn up...

Burn the heretical bastards, before their foul perversity spreads to the simple minded and unenlightened.

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E to G when tuning, but when I change strings I do G to E. Dunno why.

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I tune GDAE, so it's as if my bass says 'Hello' to me in Australian.

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I never tune, tuning is over-rated

 

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32 minutes ago, arthurhenry said:

That's what everyone does so far....

I only do if they are out of tune in that order 

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33 minutes ago, arthurhenry said:

That's what everyone does so far....

Until now!

E,G,D,A of course...

Why I've no idea but I've been doing it that way for 35 years. Got a feeling someone told me to to it that way - maybe?? 😃

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Low to high.

As an aside I always tune by pinging the harmonic at the 12th fret. I'm not entirely sure it's the best way!

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14 minutes ago, thepurpleblob said:

As an aside I always tune by pinging the harmonic at the 12th fret. I'm not entirely sure it's the best way!

I saw advice recently to always tune at the 12th fret rather than the open string. Certainly makes sense for a low B which many tuners can't cope with. I should try it... 

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Although best to get a tuner than can cope with it if you are going to use one. 

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