John Lennon Tuned His Guitar at A=444 Hz (C=528Hz) Should We?
by on June 22, 2015 in articles DIYmusician

Guitar Tuning

There is quite of lot of conflicting information online about tuning to the standard A=440 Hz, A=432 Hz and A=444 Hz. Before recording “Synemotion,” I hadn’t read any of the literature online. One of my friends did read up on it and suggested I try out all the tunings “without being influenced” and asked what I “felt” was better while playing without knowing which tuning was which.

At the time, I was recording the song, “Synemotion”. I tried all the tunings and the A=444Hz (C=528Hz) felt very different, whether it was better or not, I couldn’t judge – but the sound felt more as if it “surrounded” me while I played. There was more of a “sweetness,” somewhat retro feel which reminded me of music from the past.

My friend said, “Hey, you know John Lennon recorded “Imagine” at A=444Hz (C=528Hz) and showed me a video online and also said Paul McCartney during his “comeback” – later in his career tuned to A=444Hz (C=528Hz) when playing live and went on to show me this video online.

JOHN LENNON PLAYS IN 528Hz Solfeggio Frequency Discovered by “Lunartunar” from Revolution Television on Vimeo.

This friend of mine got all excited and even started babbling about Gregorian Chants, Solfeggio Frequencies, Pythagoras, Verdi, Mozart, and even how Michael Jackson did it too.

It was convincing enough for me that I felt a difference. The 432 Hz tuning felt different too and not bad either. But, I stuck with the 444 Hz finally for the five songs.

Another interesting thing about this 444Hz experiment was that while recording the background vocals, I felt for the first time, I was on pitch and could hit the note perfectly where when I recorded my first album, “Sleeping World”, I always felt I was naturally singing a little “sharp”. It appears I natively sing at 444 Hz.

Now why only five songs of the nine on the album, I can’t really tell you why, they just felt better being in the standard 440 Hz.

Songs on the Synemotion at A=444Hz (C=528Hz)

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