My question would be how the Taylor tuning would sound with a full production. I would think it would really rub.
I don't hear a problem with it. I can post up a sample if you want to gauge yourself, I'm currently working on a song with brushed drums, acoustic bass, piano (Yamaha P155) and fingerpicked guitar capoed and tuned at the 5th fret using the Peterson ACU.
Post by Bob Olhsson on Feb 18, 2020 10:18:49 GMT -6
I think this is total nonsense because it is way oversimplified.
Yes, great guitar players optimize tuning for what they are playing but exactly what is required depends entirely on the specific guitar, strings, capo, bridge and fret setup. That's why it's always done by ear with 'lectric-tunas only used to match a common note with the ensemble. Those who can afford it have a separate guitar that is set up for each tuning they want to use including with a capo. This makes a staggering improvement in a recording. I first learned about this at Wally Heider's in 1972.
1. I don't have relative pitch, I can not tune a guitar by ear. 2. When my guitar is out of tune, it doesn't bother me. 3. My bass player has perfect pitch 4. My violin player, like most classically trained musicians, has excellent relative pitch 5. Regardless of what tuner I used, they would nitpick my tuning. Many times after twisting tuning keys back and forth, the bass player would give up and tune my guitar himself. I have no shame, this does not bother me. 6. Since I've started using the Peterson ACU tuning (5 -6 years now), neither of them complain. Ever.
My small contribution. 1. No guitar sounds perfect for every player. 2. A guitar can't actually be put in perfect tune. 3. Your pitch perception greatly affects how you tune an instrument...and . . . 4. I have perfect pitch but grew up on a USAF base, training on pianos tuned to 435 . . . because this Brit RAF choir/bandmaster insisted on tuning all the pianos and everyone's ears to that. 5. Sweetness in the tuning means flat of pitch, sharp of pitch is often referred to as 'bitter' or 'harsh'. 6. As your ears age, perception changes. When doing backing vocals on other people's records (as a session singer or my own productions) I usually have to pitch correct them up 12 cents . . . after 50 my ears have changed a little.
Please feel free to disagree or offer a countervailing argument. All opinions matter.
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