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    tuning and the number

    my snark clip on tuner has numbers associated with the type of tuning that you are using like for instance for E standards it is displayed "440" and that number is adjustable....what would i change that number to if I wanted to tune to a half step down? and also what would i change it to if i wanted to tune to a full step down?

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    440 is the frequency of what most people tune an A to. 440 Hz. You can change this to, say, 444 Hz or something, and all it does is shifts your "A" tuning to 444 Hz, which then will shift everything else.

    It's not so much a "step tuning" as it is a "fine adjustment."

    For what it's worth, I don't know of anyone who doesn't do 440, but I do know that some big acts (I think Pantera did this on an album or two) have gone with different tuning references for one reason or another.

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    The thrash band Havok also strays from 440 as well

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    I've been playing guitar for 30 years and never bothered with anything other than 440. I use a ton of altered tunings, too.

    The only time I stray from it is if I'm jamming along with an album that's pitch corrected or something.

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    I’ve never done anything other than 440 and having been playing almost as long at Mr. Test. Did hear recently that Metallica did Master at 435... dunno how true that is... or is it “trve”?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron1 View Post
    I’ve never done anything other than 440 and having been playing almost as long at Mr. Test. Did hear recently that Metallica did Master at 435... dunno how true that is... or is it “trve”?
    Think that was on ride the lightning but it was actually from the album being sped up or slowed down. Don't think it was intentional
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    RTL is slightly sharp from speeding it up.

    I don't think you should change the reference frequency to tune down half a step. You should tune the strings

    E-string to Eb
    A-string to Ab
    D-string to Db

    And so on. Every tuner I've ever used shows the sharp signs etc. If somehow this tuner doesn't you can also put a capo on the first fret and then tune to E - that way the open string will now be half a step down.
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    Yeah lots of early Metallica is all over the place tuning wise, it's even inconsistent from song to song, from having it sped up/slowed down post-recording. Some Megadeth too for that matter.
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