Twelve string challenge

My son, Isaac, is interested in learning to play the guitar. He borrowed my twelve-string acostic.

Tonight I bought him a new set of strings; now he has to tune those babies. (Good luck with that project, Isaac — twelve-stringed guitars are a bugger to tune!)

He’s at his mom’s house right now, so he has asked me to tell him what notes he should tune to. Here you are, Isaac:  this post’s for you!

standard tuning a semi-tone lower
top (thickest) two strings E
(one octave apart)
next two strings A
(one octave apart)
next two strings D
(one octave apart)
next two strings G
(one octave apart)
next two strings B
(same octave)
bottom (thinnest) two strings E
(same octave)

1To reduce the tension those twelve strings exert on the neck of the guitar.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Isaac
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 09:59:03

    Thanks dad. I appreciate it.


  2. lessonsthatrock
    May 19, 2010 @ 15:18:49

    Seriously, 12 string guitars are tough to tune, and even the the most minute differences in tuning seems to sound awful when you collectively add up all the strings.

    Cool tip!


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