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Questions tagged [tuning]

The system of pitches used by an instrument or in a piece of music, or the practice of adjusting the pitches that instruments or voices produce to be in accordance with the chosen system.

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Safest Place For My Oud!

quick question, can i keep my Oud in the basement? i live in Chicago and it gets little cold here in the winter. i was told that the humid will ruin the wood of the Oud, which it makes sense to me, ...
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String Off Tune

I just got an Arabic Oud, I recently notice that my 5th string is off tune when I tune the string. That would be in the 3rd course. I decided to put some small piece of paper under by where it touches ...
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My Floyd Rose won't stay in tune

I'm pretty new to Floyd Rose. My Floyd Rose wont stay in tune. My strings will go sharp after 15 minutes after tuning, the bridge is a bit higher from the body but the string action is really low as ...
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Tuning a Guitar 1/4 Step Sharp

I recently purchased a copy of Hal Leonard's book "The Beatles:Please Please Me" (Guitar Recorded Version). Several of the songs in the book have the note "Recording sounds 1/4 step sharp". I know ...
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Tuning Arabic (Syrian Oud)

I bought a new Oud (11 strings). It has been a week and still I can't get it tuned. Does anyone know how to tune it? I was told it should be tuned this way: (C F A d g c), but I don't know what big ...
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Do all tuning systems involving dividing the octave?

Four commonly referenced Western tuning systems are Pythagorean tuning, just intonation, equal temperament, and meantone temperament. From Music, Language, and the Brain, I recently learned there ...
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How far to de-tune an orchestra to match the BBC World Service pips (beeps)?

The BBC World Service Radio pips (or beeps) are an iconic aspect of the radio program broadcast around the planet by shortwave radio as well as the internet now. The 2 minute podcast A brand new ...
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When do I know when to tune my piano?

I haven't tuned my piano in a while, even though the seller said it would have to be tuned once a year. It is at least 5 years old. How do I know when the piano needs tuning? I use it very often (...
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Why does this tonal scale from 1737 have both F and E♯?

I've recently encountered Jean Féry-Rebel's "Les Élémens". (Check out that wild opening; it's hard to believe it was written in 1737!) In the fifth measure of the third staff, why does this ...
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Notes and wire tuning in different frequencies

Can you explain me the relation between note frequency and wire tuning? I see, for tuning violin, 440 hz is used and called an A4, while a 432 hz can also be used and that too called an A4. But, don't ...
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Tuning a 12 string guitar [closed]

I recently acquired a 12 string guitar. What kind of strings should I get so the octave higher strings won't break? My electronic tuner is made for a 6 string guitar. Is there a special guitar ...
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Thinking about buying a grand piano

I am looking at a older Knabe concert grand which was "totally rebuilt" about 20 years ago. My concern is it has not been tuned in 15 years and the seller is reluctant to have a tuner come in. I ...
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Piano action too stiff after tuning, what's happened?

My new second hand schimmel 112 upright had its first tune three weeks ago. We bought it 8 weeks ago, let it rest and acclimatise then had it tuned with a mini service. The piano is 25yo and its last ...
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What’s that U shaped metal thing needed for tuning called?

There is this metal thing shaped as a 'U'; you hit it against something and put it against your ear to hear this sound. I'm not sure what it's called but I need it to tune the A string on my violin.
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GuitarPro: Change to Eb, but keep notation in E

I just downloaded GuitarPro 7.5. I used to use GuitarPro quite a bit, but it's been a while. I like to tune down and play in Eb. I want to change a song to sound 1/2 step lower, but want to keep ...
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Guitar is not tuning right

I have a guitar and I love it, and then I broke a string. I fixed it and I am positive I used the right string, I triple checked! But now about a month and a half later, I was tuning my guitar, and ...
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Tuning resonnator in open g

I have been playing guitar for a couple of years and recently acquire a metal Dobro for slide. I have put new strings on it and I'm a bit worry about the tuning. The strings are quite heavier gauge ...
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A tuners accuracy is +/- 0.5 cents means that it is highly accurate or just decently accurate?

A tuner accuracy is +/- 0.5 cent means that it is highly sensitive or just decently sensitive for pitch accuracy?
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Do classical pieces sound different today than the originals due to temperament?

I was reading how classical music used to not be in equal temperament. So each of their keys sounded completely different and that's why they named their pieces after the keys they were playing. ...
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Can I use a thicker 6th string with other thinner strings

The sixth string on my electric guitar is very loose when I use drop D tuning, but I really like the feel of the thinner strings otherwise- and I play as much in standard tuning. Would it work to ...
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Should I replace rusty tuner pegs on guitar?

I am using my father's guitar, and it's pretty old, at least 25 years, or more. The tuner pegs are rusty. I sent my guitar to a music shop weeks ago, and he helped me to restring already. Later on, ...
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are 2 enharmonic notes really the same note?

Because we use equal temperament tuning as opposed to pythagorean tuning or just tuning are two enharmonic notes aka G1 and G2 or C5 and C4 really the same note? or is one them off by a few ...
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Can't tune violin with GDAE

I'm just starting to play violin and I'm having trouble while tuning it. When i try to tune it to G3 D4 A4 E5 the strings get just too tight, if i try to tune it to G2 D3 A3 E4, they get just too ...
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Why are there transposing instruments? [duplicate]

I just play guitar and harmonica, but I understand that some instruments are considered transposing instruments. Nobody has ever explained the reasons for transposing instruments other than they are ...
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How can I tune a saxophone or other transposing instrument using a piano? [duplicate]

I am new to sax, but was a B♭ clarinet player in high-school band (years ago); now I play some guitar and piano. I just got an inexpensive soprano sax (Mendini). Since it is a B♭ instrument, help me ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning being E, A, D, G, C, F (the high E and B strings being raised a half-step from standard tuning). One reason to do this is ...
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If my low string is tuned to F, how should I tune the rest of my strings?

If the fat E string becomes F then what will be the other strings be?
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How to tune the flute by ear

Please, I would like to ask you for an advice: I have big trouble to tune my flute by ear -e.g with the piano before playing the piece,my teacher always tells me whether am I flat or sharp. And I just ...
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12 String guitar going out of tune around the 8th fret on the high e, b and g

I just bought my 12 string guitar and the g,b and high e string go out of tune when i play it around the 8th fret i'm really getting worried. I'm wondering if its a problem with the type of strings it ...
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Whereabouts is G?

In 12TET, concert G is always at a particular pitch, frequency, etc. However, on instruments such as violin, players will stray slightly to make a note sound more in tune, dependent on key. (As in ...
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Is it safe to use velcro Command strips on the inside of the body of an acoustic guitar?

I recently purchased a used Taylor 214ce-SB DLX. Since Taylor guitars do not come with an on-board tuner, I’m looking for a way to discreetly place a tuner somewhere on the guitar, and a potential ...
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Can wind instruments be played out of tune?

I believed that the trombone stands almost alone among wind instruments, in that it allows to play a continuous pitch range. The rest have a discrete set of possible notes (pitches), hence things are ...
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What is the “safe zone” of tuning?

I have a normal full sized sixes stringed acoustic guitar, and because I don't have a capo, I usually tune my guitar up one or two semitones. What is the highest number of semitones I can safely tune ...
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Diatonic vs chromatic harmonica

The hohner super chromonica has the pattern Do re mi fa sol la ti do ^ | ^ | ^ | | ^ | v | v | v v | ____ ____ ____ ___ ...
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How to ask question about instrument ‘glass harp’ giving example of guitar string tied between 2 points & get answer from guitarists

I am not interested to learn guitar.If you give me a guitar free of cost in winter I may break it and put it to fire and enjoy the heat .But I want to create in my house a simple glass harp using ...
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Piano tuning hammer gets stuck

I have a 100 year old German baby grand and I need to tweak some of the tuning on a few things. I bought a square entry tuning hammer but once I bring the tuning up (it’s on 430 because not holding ...
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Tuning fork v Tablet

I have a tuning fork and a tuning app on my tablet. I am interested to know which to trust. The tuning fork is old. It was my father's (for his violin) and hence is probably from the 1930s at the ...
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What do you call a scale with 19 notes per octave? Howabout 17 notes per octave?

I know that a 12-note scale (as in the currently ubiquitous 12 equal temperament) is called "chromatic". In a chromatic system, there are sharps and/or flats, but no neighboring sharps and flats. ...
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Tuning a piccolo snare drum with a Tunebot

What should be the Tunebot frequency settings for tuning a 12' piccolo snare?
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Virtual synthesizer or piano roll with controllable number of keys per octave?

I am interested in performing and composing in non-twelve tone scales, such as 19-EDO (aka 19-TET) or 31-EDO (aka 31-TET). While there are virtual synthesizers that allow you to play microtonal ...
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Historically informed performance - Tuning

I recently attended a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Marin Alsop. At the end, Nicola played an encore: a version of ...
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How did Pythagoras and Ptolemy measure the relative pitch of musical notes?

Both Pythagoras and Ptolemy believed that the intervals between notes in music should be ratios of small integer numbers. This is known as Just Intonation. Pythagoras liked them to derived from ...
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Second hand piano

I've just bought a second hand piano and one of the Ds of the left part sounds totally disaccorded. It hasn't been tuned yet but I feel very worried. Is it okay for one of the keys to sound like that ...
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Tuning Mesh drumheads

I fitted my drumset with Remo Silent Stroke heads for home practice convenience. However I cannot seem to be able to 'tune' the heads appropriately. I can't get enough sound out of them when tuning ...
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Why are no two pianos tuning the same?

I've had this question awhile now and it seems that everywhere I go the pianos are not to the exact same matching tune. On one piano the middle C could be 261.63 Hz and than on the other it would be ...
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Why are ukuleles tuned like they are? [duplicate]

Why is ukulele tuned as it is? I play violin and have started the tenor uke to play chords and such. But I am so used to the order of the violin tuning that the uke seems like chaos.
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How to fix out of tune octave on Casio PX-A100?

I just sold my Casio PX-A100 and the buyer found out that the on the last octave keys are out of tune, tried going to default settings. Out of tune keys - A,B,C - the last keys of the keyboard + weird ...
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Floyd Rose Bridge Fine tuner knobs pitch goes up and then down

So i recently got a new guitar which has Floyd Rose tuning system. I had tuned it low when i got it and then went back up to E Standard tuning. Since then i noticed that when i adjust the fine tune ...
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Why is a 440 Hz frequency considered the “standard” pitch for musical instruments?

I was reading the Idiot's Guides: Music Theory (3rd edition), and I read: The "standard" pitch today that most musicians tune to is the A above middle C, which equals 440 Hz; all the other ...
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How to know singing is in a particular key

At Deering's web site, they have a blog entry Learning Banjo by Ear for Beginners. The third step says, "Sing that melody aloud in the key of G. (keep strumming that chord if you need a reference ...