When Guitars are Out of Tune

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If I’m not mistaken, this photo was taken in Baguio City when I was about 20 years old.

Whenever we hear someone singing out of tune, oftentimes we either laugh about it or get annoyed by it. Personally, I don’t look down on people who sing out of tune. I realize some of us are more gifted than others when it comes to singing. Some people have exceptionally great singing voices and some don’t have it. I don’t have a great singing voice myself too so I have nothing to brag about. My wife can sing better than me. But I actually enjoy listening to people singing out of tune belting it out with all their might whether it be at malls, at family gatherings or at karaoke parties where people just pour out their heart singing and enjoying their time together celebrating and having fun. Just being together building, bonding, nurturing and enhancing their loving relationships as family or as friends. Never mind the confusion hahaha!

But there’s one thing I can’t stand — a guitar that is out of tune. It’s just me. And maybe that’s because I did have some experience as a leader of a band for a good number of years during my younger days. Before the band started to play, the first thing we always did was to tune our guitars making sure that the lead guitar, rhythm guitar and bass guitar were all in tune and in sync with the electric piano/organ. I somehow feel bad —a personal thing, it’s just me — when a band or a worship team starts playing when their guitars are out of tune because I know it is something that could be fixed or made ready beforehand.

Back in the old days, we had what was called a pitch pipe to do that. Sometimes we just rely on a piano as our guide too. That helped. But nowadays, I’m amazed that tuning can be done electronically in so many ways. I was really very fascinated and surprised to see an electronic guitar tuner just a few years ago. There was no such thing during my younger days. Nowadays, you can even use your smartphone to do that offline or online with an android guitar tuner. There are several guitar tuner apps that you can use to do that. Times have really changed a lot!

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