Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

1
vote
1answer
110 views

Low E string on guitar shows cannot be tuned to E2, why?

I just bought a used guitar and when I tune it all strings are good except for the low E string, which I seem to be unable to tune to E2, which it is supposed to be. What could be wrong?
0
votes
2answers
73 views

Properties of a very low pitched natural horn?

I would linke to aquire a natural horn to play a very low pitched tone. I am not educated in music, so I don't even know how to describe the tone in a correct way (is it "low pitched"?), but I found a ...
9
votes
7answers
3k views

What are 'alternative tunings' of a guitar and why would you use them? Doesn't it make it more difficult to play?

In the wikipedia article for the song Iris it says there is an: unusual guitar tuning in which most of the strings are tuned to D, lending the guitar a chorus-like effect. In a follow up article ...
1
vote
3answers
134 views

Violin constantly going out of tune

I bought a new violin about a month ago, and its always going out of tune. On average, it goes out of tune in about 2 days. Is this normal? Is there a good method to keep my violin tuned for long ...
1
vote
3answers
81 views

Can you tune one string on a Floyd Rose bridge without having to retune them all?

Like if you want to go from EADGBE to DADGBE, can you just tune the 6th string down and be done with it, or will that offset the bridge and throw the other strings out of whack?
4
votes
3answers
96 views

G string not staying in tune

I have an Epiphone ES-339. When I tune it, the strings sound fine, then when begin to play a song, the G string sounds out of tune. I only have an issue with that one string and all of them are brand ...
11
votes
1answer
517 views

Why does C# sound extremely flat when saxophone is tuned to G?

Note: when I mention the name of a note in this question, I'm referring to the saxophone pitch, not the concert pitch. I play the alto saxophone, and lately I've been practicing mostly with a tuner. ...
1
vote
2answers
198 views

Guitar is impossible to tune

My daughter's friend sold her an acoustic guitar. We could not tune it. A neighbor brought over a tuning meter. He said the strings looked fairly new but we could see each string caused the meter's ...
1
vote
3answers
110 views

Is there a way of measuring the distance between notes indepedently of tuning? [closed]

I am trying to understand how much of music theory can be done independently of a specific tuning system. In equal temperament, all semitones have the same size, but that is not the case in other ...
2
votes
5answers
116 views

Is an instrument out of tune really a drawback to having perfect pitch?

I myself have perfect pitch and I don't feel cursed because my upright piano has been slowly getting out of tune over the years. I have genetic perfect pitch. In other words, it is my DNA and not my ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Can you move the strings on 3/4 size electric guitar to get better tuning?

I’m currently working with a ¾ size electric guitar for my daughter. The problem I have is putting the right strings on it to get a stable standard E tuning (EADGBE). The person I bought it off said ...
1
vote
3answers
87 views

Are apps for piano tuning reliable?

Just for fun I downloaded an app for piano tuning (Pano Tuner), since I do not have a good ear I used it with a piano. It looked like the piano was out of tune, all keys where a half tone away. This ...
5
votes
4answers
171 views

Tritone or Minor 2nd as the most dissonant interval?

I'm trying to establish which interval is more dissonant, the tritone or the minor 2nd. Both are obviously very dissonant intervals. Math seems to prove that a minor 2nd should sound more consonant ...
1
vote
1answer
74 views

Are the intervals do-re and re-mi equal in size if we are tuning re-fa to be a minor third and re-sol to be a perfect fourth? [closed]

On a modern piano (in well-tempered tuning) the interval between do-re and re-mi are equal in size. Can they be equal in size if we use the harmonic series to make re-fa a minor third and re-sol a ...
3
votes
1answer
55 views

How can it be explained that the natural fifth of an euphonium is not in the “natural fifth pitch?

I practice with 3 different Euphoniums, a brass-instrument like a small tuba. One of them - a Yamaha training instrument with 4 valves in a row - has a bad intonation at the natural fifth (upper G) ...
1
vote
3answers
126 views

Strat tuned to C standard with 13-56 strings - intonation problems

I play a hardtail stratocaster with the following set of strings: 13, 17, W26, W36, W44, W56 (W means wound) and tuned to C standard: C F Bb Eb G C. Since all the time now I have intonation issues. ...
1
vote
2answers
376 views

Should I increase the number of wraps around tuning peg if tuning down

I used this method for stringing my guitar: https://www.taylorguitars.com/support/strings/changing-steel-strings Which states: "Two to three wraps is perfect for the bass strings." If I were to ...
2
votes
3answers
133 views

In meantone temperaments, do A sharp and B flat have different frequencies?

In Pythagorean and Just tuning, according to Wikipedia, there are different frequencies for flat and sharp notes. Most notably, there is a tritone of which there seem to be 2 quite different versions. ...
1
vote
3answers
260 views

Why were timpani tuned most often in tonic-dominant?

The timpani tonic-dominant tunings appear like below for instances: The image above shows examples of the tonic-dominant timpani tunings of certain orchestral pieces in all 12 major / minor common ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

Electric guitar tuning changes in different holding positions

While trying to correctly intonate guitar(which was problematic, you can see my last question why), I noticed a strange thing and I don't really know if it is normal or not. I've searched about it ...
3
votes
2answers
84 views

Pacific State - Is this out of tune, or is it a sophisticated performance playing with temperament?

I heard the song "Pacific State" by the band "808 State" on the radio last night. It sounded to me like the sax was badly out of tune. But it then struck me that the performer might be playing that ...
3
votes
4answers
127 views

Why won’t two guitar strings tune?

New to guitar. Recently I took my electric model to Guitar Center for a tune up. They said it was restrung and intonated. But when I got it back, I found that my E strong does not tune “continuously”,...
2
votes
2answers
71 views

Question about intonation of enharmonic notes on the trumpet [duplicate]

I've been told that, ideally, a note like an e sharp or a b sharp should be slightly different in pitch from an f natural or a c natural. (especially when it is written as a leading pitch in a minor ...
2
votes
1answer
144 views

Mini electric guitar tuning

To make it short, I am in the military and I try to take a guitar every time I am deployed. The thing is I can't take much with me so I need a very (very very) small guitar. I have a LAG guitalele (...
4
votes
4answers
140 views

When would you want to play with guitars out of the same tuning?

I've been a drummer for 30 years, and have played with countless other musicians, most of them string players. I will notice when playing with multiple guitarists, or a guitarist and a bassist, that ...
4
votes
2answers
73 views

Harmonic series in the orchestra settings

In an orchestra scenario, under what circumstances, when the piano and violins are tuned to 440Hz (as shown on the tuner) together, will the harmonic series between the two differs and make the sound ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

What does [2 whole steps down & b flat down] mean for the guitar?

I know two steps down is C tuning, but what does the "b flat down" mean?
1
vote
1answer
102 views

Floyd Rose Question: Should it sit flat with the body of the guitar?

I have a EVH Fender Striped Series guitar with a non-floating floyd rose Bridge. I've had it for about a year now. Recently I looked at it and saw that it was like the bridge was being pulled forwards ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

Tenor Banjo Tuning

Have aquired a tenor banjo and do not know how I should tune it up. The nut to bridge is 23 inches in length so is completely different from my current soprano ukulele. I seek advice as to how to tune ...
0
votes
2answers
95 views

Why frequency difference between notes is not constant? [closed]

I found that the difference is sometimes ~3, sometimes ~2 or ~4 Hz. Why isn't it constant? Would it be better if it was constant?
1
vote
1answer
40 views

Does leaving on nut locks hurt strings?

I just got a guitar with a Floyd-Rose bridge, complete with a nut built for nut locks. Should I leave the nut locks on until I need to change strings, or possibly need to retune with the knobs? Or ...
11
votes
2answers
6k views

Why is my D string showing a C♯ on my tuner?

I was playing for a bit and didn't tune any string, but when I wanted to tune it in at the end of my session my tuner kept saying C♯ instead of D. How do I get my D string back to its original ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

New Guitar strings going out of tune

I just got a new guitar from eBay, it is a classical acoustic guitar. I am trying to tune it, but strings are going out every time I tune them. I could not even play it yet, because every time I ...
1
vote
2answers
85 views

What would make 1 key buzz or ring?

I have an old Kimball Consolette .The middle e makes an annoying buzz/ring sound.I can’t see anything mechanically different about it.Could the strings be unevenly stretched?The e flat sounds slightly ...
7
votes
1answer
157 views

How do people measure which tuning freqency were used during Baroque period?

In a website decribing the story of A=415Hz, it points out that In the Baroque Era, pitch levels as high as A-465 (17th century Venice) and as low as A-392 (18th century France) are known to ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Acoustic Guitar tuning key

My acoustic guitar's one of tuning keys gear teeth got broken while tuning (G string).Here's a image. What can I do t fix it?
1
vote
2answers
241 views

Changing the guitar tuning frequently

I own a very high end Ernie Ball electric guitar. Usually I have it tuned in standard tuning but there are many songs I want to play that require lower tuning such as drop Eb or even drop D. I wonder ...
3
votes
3answers
170 views

Way to lower key of song without changing sound of chord progression (like the opposite of a capo)?

Capos heighten the pitch of the guitar. Is there a thing that lowers the pitch of the guitar? I've been having problems playing a song on guitar and also singing it. For example, a song's chord ...
4
votes
5answers
535 views

How did musicians do “absolute” tuning in the Middle Ages?

There are essentially two ways to tune an instrument (that is tuneable): you can assume that one of the pitches it makes is in tune and then tune the rest of the instrument to the pitch that is in ...
6
votes
2answers
164 views

How do musicians perceive differences in tuning systems?

I understand generally interval tunings can be perceived through the "beating" phenomena. But that seems to be something that can only be heard in a testing context. Like playing two sine waves in a ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
966 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
326 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
306 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
133 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
216 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
140 views

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 (...
11
votes
2answers
131 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
86 views

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 ...