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How to Tune Your Guitar Quick and Easy

Tune it or die! You can find this message to guitar players written on t-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers. As a guitar player bangs and bends their strings, it will eventually go out of tune. Sometimes you go out at home, in practice or on stage. Every guitar player has been there. So turn on that handy electric tuner, clip it to your guitar, tune it and tune often. Your band mates and your audience will love you for it.

But sometimes your tuner is not working, you forgot it back stage or that roadie left it in your car? It can be nightmare while they wait for you to just start playing. The truth is that the guitar should be perfectly tuned every time you play. And it is crucial for you to know how to do it. (Unless you have your own guitar tech to hand you a fresh guitar every time you go out of tune.)

If you have a smartphone, there is an app for that. In fact, there are dozens of apps that you can use. Yes it is little lame to fumble with your phone on stage but not in tune is a worst sin. “Now everyone be quiet, I have to tune.” If we had the clip on tuner it would pick up the vibrations and you all could talk but the phone is going to pick up the sound from the mic.

In case you didn’t bring your phone on stage you are going to have to do this like your grandfather did – by listening.

So grab your ear and get a reference tone. Any other player that can get you a good reference note. We are looking for E. Ask your keyboard buddy to give you an E. But the sax and clarinets are transposing instruments in either Bb or Eb. Make sure they play the E in concert pitch. Then get that string in tune.

If you get just one string in tune you actually have enough information to get the whole instrument in tune. But there is no simple solution to this. You must get to the point where you can hear you’re your instrument is in tune. It is difficult at first, but the more you do this the better you become.

Now that you have 1st string tuned you can go further. Place your finger on the 5th fret of the second string and play the note. Then play 1st open string. Adjust the second string to be equal to the 1st. Listen carefully and make it as perfect as you can. Both notes should have exactly the same pitch. Do the same thing with 3rd string, 4th fret vs. 2nd open string. Then go with 4th string, 5th fret vs. 3rd open. Next is 5th string, 5th fret compared to 4th open. And the last one – 6th string, 5th fret vs. open 5th. Do it with high attention to details as all string pitches depend on each other. Every little mistake could cost you going back to where you first did it incorrectly.

Tip: It is good to memorize that all fingered strings have the finger on 5th fret except 3rd string (4th fret).
It is a matter of experience to gain the speed. Do it 10 times, or better 100 times. And you will got to the point where it takes less than a minute to tune all your strings like a pro.

At last glance: you never know what’s gonna the case: tune your instrument by ear or bring two tuners. So better go with both.


Common Bach Mouthpieces


Depth Medium
Diameter 16.20mm
Medium wide, lowered toward the outside. Medium sharp inside. Well rounded edge with a perfect grip.
Probably the most widely used model in the world. Its brilliant tone is preferred by school musicians and by artists

Medium wide, well rounded toward the inside and outside, fairly flat.
For players with a strong embouchure who do not like a sharp edge. The tone is lively and rich.

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About Rosin

Why do I need rosin?

Because rosin is sticky.  When you apply rosin to the hairs of your bow and draw the bow across the strings of your violin (or viola, cello or bass) the rosin grips the string and tugs at it.  The bow keeps moving and the string snaps back to its original position and is caught again by the rosin on the hair and the cycle is repeated.  This happens very, very quickly.  In the case of your A-string 440 times per second.  If a bow’s hair has never been rosined it will not grip and the hair just slides over the string and you hear nothing. Continue reading

Famous Trumpet Players and the Mouthpieces They Use

Many people find out what mouthpiece their favorite player use run out and get one for themselves. Everybody is different physically and so this almost always ends in disappointment. But it is still fun to see what they use.

Louis Armstrong: 7C Leblanc France and others Selmer, Schilke, Giardinelli, Bach
Eric Aubier: Bach 1 1/2C
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Gibson L-48 1954 Archtop

Gibson L-48 Gibson L-48 Gibson L-48

1954 GIBSON L-48 ARCHTOP – SERIAL NUMBER X7383-18 – All Original, no cracks or dents.  Few scratches and vintage checking. 

Gibson introduced the L-48 Hollow Body F Hole Acoustic Archtop in 1946. Production stopped in 1970.

– arched mahogany top, f-holes, raised black pickguard, bound body, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/19-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, adjustable rosewood bridge/trapeze tailpiece, blackface peghead with screened logo, three-per-side tuners, available in Cremona Brown Sunburst finish, mfg. 1946-1970.

A few early instruments have spruce tops, trapezoid fingerboard inlay. In 1952, spruce top, maple back, mahogany sides replaced original part/design. In 1957, mahogany top replaced previous part/design, some instruments found with mahogany back also.

Call 703-335-5001 for more information.

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