My favorite things, number 2: perfectly in tune

My favorite things, number 2: perfectly in tune

Many decades ago, my college roommate and I taught ourselves how to play guitar because we wanted to expand our musical horizons.*

One of the problems for me personally with playing guitar is the darn thing won’t stay in tune. Change the humidity, change the temperature, put the guitar in the car, take it out of its case: All these things can change the tuning of the six metal strings.

Dang it. So a person who isn’t very good to start with** could sound really bad.

Unless that person happens to own an IntelliTouch tuner from OnBoard Research Corp. This little beauty clips onto the headstock of a guitar and, regardless of the noise in the room – like from other guitarists tuning up, or drummers warming up, or keyboard players showing off or bass players being bass players – will allow you to tune your guitar precisely. Three arrows on each side of the note and you’re good.

Not only that, but a couple years ago, a guy I know lost the back cover plate that holds the battery in. He emailed the company via its website and a week or so later, a brand new back cover plate arrived.


That is some customer service right there.

So you could, with the right tuner, be a really good guitar player.

Or if the video in the first link above inspired you, you could just wander around in a page full of Animal House trivia with no way of knowing whether any of it is true.

By the way, how do you make a guitarist play slower? Put a sheet of music in front of him. How do you make him stop? Put notes on it.

Finally, how late does the band play? About a half-beat behind the drummer.

Thankyouverymuch. I’m going to be here all week. I just flew in from Cleveland…

* get girls to notice us.

** me.

Favorite things number 5.

Favorite things number 4.

Favorite things number 3.

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