Mudcat Café message #276317 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24206   Message #276317
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
12-Aug-00 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: Dear Dr. Folkenmusik
Subject: RE: BS: Dear Dr. Folkenmusik
Here's what I do: take off the lowest string, put on the new low string, bring it up to pitch. (It will soon go flat again, but oh well.) Then take off the A string, repeat the process.

I find that it helps immensely to have a piano or other keyboard around when changing strings. I use nylon strings, and when they go on, they are so low that my guitar tuner can't make any sense out of what it hears. The needle merely swings wildly back and forth, telling me nothing.

But if I go to the piano, I can match the string's note to the piano's notes. "Ah," I say, the E string is playing a B flat." Then, as I turn the peg, the note gets higher and higher until it's finally an E.

The strings will stretch and go flat, so when changing strings I leave my guitar on the dining room table for a couple of days. Every time I walk past, I tune it again until the strings have done all their stretching and begin to stay in tune.

If you don't have a keyboard, find someone that does, and you will be saved much misery.