January 07, 2007

You want to hear about frustrating?

Try tuning a whole guitar one step down so you can play a Wolf Parade song, using a finicky electronic tuner that's clearly unhappy with the whole process and will grant you most of the proper notes if you agree to pretend it's actually a bass that you're tuning, but will not acknowledge the existence of a legitimate F on any open string of any instrument in its repertoire, forcing you to tune that string by comparison to the C below it which itself caused the tuner no end of distress and made it flicker madly between something called "HC" and something called "LB" with its tiny LCD dial swinging wildly from catastrophically flat to catastrophically sharp. Also, the damn thing thinks that silence sounds like a rather flat low B.

If you know me well enough you've probably gathered that I'm actually enjoying this immensely and intend to continue gleefully dicking around with it long into the evening. Also, because this is the internet and the land of unwanted advice, let me state for the record that I am not in search of helpful hints from players of guitars or other stringed instruments. I am certain that somewhere out there is someone who has some, and that person may be certain that were he or she to post them I would give my full attention to ignoring them so that I might continue to dick around freely.

But if you're interested, you can rest assured that the riff at the end of "Modern World" is really neat.

Posted by dianna at January 7, 2007 07:33 PM

Umm... Why dont you use some software like the AP Guitar Tuner and a microphone... Thats what we use here and it works way better than any electronic thingy I have seen...

Posted by: Anshul at January 9, 2007 03:25 AM

I'm going to kick you in the shins. Go away.

Posted by: Dianna at January 9, 2007 08:07 AM