All my hunting in the forums and elsewhere online has me a little confused about tension in wheelbuilding. I laced up my rim, brought it up to fairly even tension, then started working on the vertical/lateral true and dish offset. Those latter 3 are all good now, but the tension is *way* uneven around the wheel. This is obvious by the musical pitch method, but also simply by flexing the spokes and by the force required to turn the nipples.
So here's the question: won't I throw the other adjustments way off by evening out the tension? And conversely, won't I be undoing all that tension work once I return to truing and dishing? Maybe there's some magic here that I'm missing that lets me handle truing and dishing without impacting tension much, but it's just not obvious to me.
For clarity, this is a front wheel, 36 spoke, 3-leading 3-trailing pattern. I know, I should go standard pattern on my first build, but where's the uber-challenge in that? Thanks for the help.