In this short blog I play a solo guitar arrangement of “You’ve got a friend” By James Taylor/Carol King and show some ideas I used to create this arrangment
I am sure we are all a bit frustrated when it comes to tuning our guitars. As much as things have become easier by using a tuner of some sort, I always feel I have to always fine-tune my guitar as I start playing.
If you don’t want to go as far as installing the Buzz Feiten System, I suggest you watch the video below, where James Taylor shows you how to use a tuner with ‘cents’ to put the guitar very slightly out of tune to have a more pleasing experience along the fretboard and in different keys. You will be surprised!
What he suggests is this (in cents):
If you don’t have a tuner with cents you can use this great online java tuner from SeventhString:
You an also use a tuning app like GString for Android to monitor your tuning: when you feel that you are in perfect tuning at the end of a gig or session and keep track of what is the ratio/relation of cents between the strings. Write them down and see if there is a recurring pattern. I suggest you to do this when you are playing in a band setting, not just by yourself.