C Tuning For Guitar – How To Tune Your Guitar Into C-Standard

Guitar C-Standard TuningNow we’re going really low! The following is a quick guide on how to go about the “C Tuning Guitar” thing or in other words, how to tune your guitar into a C Standard Tuning. Speaking of words, you may want to check out the video below where I provide detailed steps which might be a little easier to follow than just reading instructions.

Essentially, all you need to do in order to tune your guitar into C Standard is lower each string by two full steps. And that’s a lot lower than your regular guitar tuning. If you are not used to play in such a low tuning, it might take you so time to adjust. Especially when it comes to bends, because with the decreased tension on the strings, there’s a good chance that you’ll go a little overboard in the beginning – well, at least that’s what happens to me all the time.

With that being said, you may want to consider using a heavier string gauge when playing your guitar in the C-Tuning. While not necessary, it does help a little bit to prevent from bending chords and single notes ‘out of tune’, because the thicker strings have a higher tension. They also obviously affect the sound of your guitar, which might be exactly what you’re trying to go for when you’re playing songs that are a little (or a lot!) heavier and doomier. Some bands that come to mind when talking about down-tuned guitars are Sleep, Kyuss, Electric Wizard and the obvious, Black Sabbath.

C-Tuning Guide For Guitar:

Of course, you can try to tune your guitar into C by ear, but that might be a little bit tricky. I recommend the use of a chromatic tuner; at least in the beginning until you are used to the procedure and developed an ear for how the strings sound when tuned down by two full steps. This is the result: C-F-B♭-E♭-G-C (which is the same as C-F-A♯-D♯-G-C).

Below is what you need to do for each string:

  1. Low E-String into C
  2. A-String into F
  3. D-String into B♭(A♯)
  4. G-String into E♭(D♯)
  5. B-String into G
  6. High E-String into C

Alright, that’s it. It goes without saying that as I mentioned before, the C Guitar Tuning lends itself for the heavier stuff. That also means that you would most likely use tons of gain and distortion as you riff around. However, I do recommend that you also experiment/practice to play ‘clean’ (without distortion, etc.) to get a feel for the strings and ‘develop an ear’ for how things sound plain. As a matter of fact, the C Tuning sounds awesome on the clean channel, too – even though, I admit, the ultimate thrill is when you get off the breaks and add whatever boost your amp has to offer.

Published date: November 24th, 2014 by Ulrich Peise

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