The Circle of Fifths and its implications on tuning

I started writing a post on this subject today but it turned out to be too long for a post, so I’ve published it as an article.  It concerns tuning with the circle of fifths, and why that doesn’t quite work.  There’s a bit of maths involved (which I’ve done for you), and some interesting conclusions.

Article: The Circle of Fifths and tuning


Author: gloopyjon

I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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