How do I tune my guitar to Drop C using an electric guitar tuner?

I’ve looked all over the internet and have found nothing. There’s lots of songs i want to play, but just don’t sound right because i don’t know how to tune my guitar to drop C.

Chosen Answer:

To tune a guitar to drop C, or any other tuning is very simple when you use a tuner. Of course, it depends on the tuner that you have. Some tuners are more advanced than others, and have more options, others are simpler.

However, here is what you want to achieve with drop C:
C G C F A D.

So let’s say you pluck your 6th (Low E in Standard tuning) and it shows E on your tuner. Just flatten the string by turning the tuning pegs until you see the letter C on your tuner. Then pluck the 5th string (if the guitar is in standard tuning, it should say “A” on your tuner). then you unwind the string once again until it says “G”.

Do the same for all strings. I recommend tuning it in standard first, then unwinding the strings until you get the desired note for each string.

Hope this helps.
by: kirkslashpage
on: 4th October 08

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4 Responses to How do I tune my guitar to Drop C using an electric guitar tuner?

  1. mario_gorito says:

    To tune a guitar to drop C, or any other tuning is very simple when you use a tuner. Of course, it depends on the tuner that you have. Some tuners are more advanced than others, and have more options, others are simpler.

    However, here is what you want to achieve with drop C:
    C G C F A D.

    So let’s say you pluck your 6th (Low E in Standard tuning) and it shows E on your tuner. Just flatten the string by turning the tuning pegs until you see the letter C on your tuner. Then pluck the 5th string (if the guitar is in standard tuning, it should say “A” on your tuner). then you unwind the string once again until it says “G”.

    Do the same for all strings. I recommend tuning it in standard first, then unwinding the strings until you get the desired note for each string.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Kevin S says:

    That and many other tunings can be found on http://www.tubestreamer.com

    This site shows all tunings, along with many tutorials. Not just showing the notes, but seeing it being done sometimes is easier for me. This site is great and has many resources.

  3. Noah says:

    tune the strings down to: (from low string to top) C G C F A D
    To play in such a low tuning you should use heavier gauge strings to make sure you maintain good intonation, tuning stability, and good tone.

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