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. When relevant, please also include the tag of your instruments, e.g. [guitar] or [violin].

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I broke my G string and my other 3 strings are out of tune too

It’s Thanksgiving break right now and I have a Christmas concert next Saturday December 4th, so I brought it over to my Abuela’s house to practice. However, my grandparents keep the house hot, so my ...
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How does string age affect intonation?

I had a recent issue with my high e string where the saddle was adjusted as short as possible but the twelfth fret was still very flat. I read online that a new set of strings may fix this, and that ...
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How do the pegs on Sitar neck work?

I just saw a picture of a sitar (an Indian stringed instrument) with pegs throughout its neck. I searched a few websites, but I couldn't understand them well. Can you please explain to me about these ...
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Squier Stratocaster's Bridge Lift After Restringing with Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkies

Squier Strat, my high E string snapped yesterday, so I replaced all strings. I used Ernie Ball's Beefy Slinky (2627) with following gauge numbers: E (11) B (15) G (22p) D (30) A (42) E (54) When ...
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E-bass tuned correctly but E string too loose

I'm self-taught and new to bass, and I tuned my bass today (E-A-D-G, E being the lowest), but the E String seems a bit loose (It hits the neck sometimes, and I can bend it much further than the other ...
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Does bottleneck guitar use different tuning?

A naive question from a non-musician, so be kind please. I'm curious whether playing with a bottleneck slide requires different tuning than 'ordinary' playing. I've seen great players picking and ...
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Inharmonicity between upper partials

Does anyone know whether the inharmonicity in an interval between upper partials is expected to be greater or lesser than the inharmonicity in same interval between a fundamental and a partial? Here's ...
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What is the difference between the terms "tuning system" and "temperament"?

Are both the terms synonyms, or do they have different meanings?
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pitch choice for steel drums

When a steel drum is being tuned up are the pitches determined chromatically or are they tuned diatonically to a specific key? I'm asking about Jamaican style steel drums, just to be clear.
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Upright piano's keys feel heavier than they did when tested in the showroom

I bought a refurbished upright piano (Yamaha U1D). The keys feel a bit stiff, and sometimes if I hit a key softly it doesn't make any sound at all. It didn't have this problem when I tested it in ...
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How do you play a low Eb on a double bass?

The opera Das Rheingold starts with four of the double basses playing a low E-flat, one half step below the lowest E on a bass with standard tuning. In the sheet music, there is the instruction that ...
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Equal Temperament as a Stack of Just Intervals

Recently I came up with interesting discovery how to get equally tempered tones by using a stack of just intervals 3/2 and 5/4. Since they are a part of most harmonic cord, major triad, should be ...
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How to find which tuning the guitar strings are tuned in? [duplicate]

I am a beginner fingerstyle guitarist. I watch songs on youtube and try to play them. Sometimes the player has played the song in a different tuning than standard(sometimes even one string is tuned to ...
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How to find the right tuning for arranging songs? [duplicate]

I want to know how to find the right tuning to be comfortable and able to combine many different voicings on a single guitar, I also wanted to spice up my arrangement. I saw kent nishimura on YouTube, ...
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Newbie Question Open D Tuning

I'm beginner in guitar and music theory, here is my open D tuning question. Open D is tuned (DADF#AD) on a 6 string guitar. I understand you can barre cords along the frets using the low D string ...
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Why Tune Down to Pitch on Guitar with Locking Tuners?

Reading through Fender’s online instructions for property setting up a Stratocaster I found the following: Remember—with most tuning keys, it's preferable to tune up to pitch. However, with locking ...
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Which string gauge for electric guitar DADGAD tuning [closed]

There's another question on here regarding the string sizes for an acoustic guitar, but no questions regarding an electric guitar. Any ideas? I'd also prefer if people stated the exact size of every ...
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My midi is not in tune. Why ? How do I tune it?

My midi Double Bass Section Legato is out of tune by - 22 ct. Why is this happening and how do I fix this ? The instrument is the 'Double bass Section Legato' in the Orchestral Strings which can be ...
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How to calculate the extra semitone in one circle of fifths

This is an extension to my previous question when I tried to do the math to prove the following statement: going up 12 perfect fifths takes one up 7 octaves plus one-fourth of a semitone extra Going ...
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Why are the frequency ratios of notes in the Pythagorean scales 9/8 and 256/243?

In Pythagorean tuning, for every 7th semitones the frequency would increase by a factor of 3/2 (to get that harmonious perfect fifth). If the frequency of C4 is set to 256Hz, the frequency of G4 can ...
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What is best practice for tuning a mandolin?

I've been playing mandolin for years, and I tune it with no particular problem (insert mandolin tuning joke here). But, while in theory I believe it is impossible to tune a mandolin or other stringed ...
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What just intonation intervals are appropriate for the double-harmonic scale?

In musical traditions where something like the double-harmonic scale (e.g. C D♭ E F G A♭ B C) is used, and tuned with some kind of just intonation, what just intervals are preferred for the scale ...
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How does temperature affect tuning?

Off the back of comments on one of the answers to this question: How do room layouts affect tuning? So, I know the short answer is "It depends on the instrument", but ideally I'd like to ...
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Equivalence of intervals with octaves between them

Say we play C4 and G4 on the piano at the same time, stop the notes, then play D4 and A4 simultaneously, then the quality of this sound is the same as the quality of the first. To understand why that ...
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Is my guitar's neck too soft? How do I keep open string notes from wobbling when playing chords on lower frets?

You know how some guitarists shake or bend the neck of their guitar when playing a chord or note in order to add vibrato in a subtle way? Well my guitar does that when I am not intending to do it, ...
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What causes a guitar's notes to decay/sound out of tune when played together? they sound fine individually, just not when strummed together [closed]

Recently bought this electric guitar, it's great, but I've noticed that when I play chords / strum them all together, the notes on the b and e strings don't resonate in sync with the rest of the ...
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Are these indentations on the frets of my Acoustic for intonation? Can I apply this to the frets of my Electric?

The questions are in the title, picture is below, but here are the (TL/DR) details. About 9 months ago, I bought an electric guitar "kit" and assembled it (fun, highly recommended). This ...
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How to fix the false beats of piano

I have tuned my old piano several times. Now the only problem I have is that there are few keys that have false beats. I looked for solutions from YouTube. The answer I got was using CA glue on the ...
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what are the sizes of the ocarinas

I have been trying to find the sizes for every ocarina (1C to 7C), width and height of the chamber .The only one I can find was because a youtube video. I am asking this because I want make my own ...
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Does tuning music to A = 432 Hz versus A = 440 Hz have a measurable effect on listeners?

A brief internet search for "432 vs 440" will bring up a large number of chat discussions and videos discussing whether the tuning makes a real difference. These often seem to boil down to ...
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Violin tuning, equal temperament or just intonation?

I'm tuning my violin now, by making the fifths on open strings sounds most harmonious. So they are just fifths, a little wider than the equal fifth. But then would the gap between the G and E string ...
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I need help in guitar tuning: tuner says I'm off by fourths

I'm having a bit of trouble in tuning. I've tried tuning apps and even bought a tuner. However, when I pick the E string, it says it's the B string; when I pick the G string it says it's the D string. ...
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How do I tune my guitar like a bajo sexto

I was just wondering how to tune my guitar to sound like a bajo sexto. I watched a video on YouTube, but it was confusing.
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Visualization of Tones being played together

Recently I found this video showing the "visual representation" of sound waves. I was trying to figure out how these shapes were being generated. I am interested in the parts where there is ...
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tuning of marimba in a jazz band

I started playing the marimba and although it seems a bit unusual I wish to be part of a jazz band with that instrument. Fortunately, before buying my own instrument I found out that marimbas have ...
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Why guitar has B string? [duplicate]

I really wonder why standard tuning of guitar is EADGBe. Let's take this example, every 5th fret on any string gives you the next note If you press 5th string on A string then you will get D. Similar ...
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Did the first piano use an equal-tempered or natural scale?

Both the piano and the equal-tempered scale were invented in the 1700s (according to Wikipedia, at least). But what I'm wondering is whether the first piano constructed used an equal-tempered scale, ...
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Is this an F below middle C? (check my relative pitch estimation plus my math)

I'm listening to a "tone" and estimating its frequency and need some help checking both my relative pitch estimation and my math. In this noisy part of this video the Mars helicopter ...
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Are there pieces that require retuning an instrument mid-performance?

Are there any musical pieces that call for the musician to detune/retune the instrument, not in advance like a scordatura, but mid-performance? I think it would be a neat avant-garde concept—for ...
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How can a snare's activation be made quieter?

I play the snare drum in an ensemble that plays a lot of classical music, and in order to avoid having the snare rattle during percussion rests, I make a habit of turning off the snare during long ...
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Snare drum sounds off pitch after drumhead change

I have TAMA Artwood snare that is sounding off-pitch (a bit tin-ny - like Lars' snare in St.Anger) after replacing the TAMA stock heads (i believe made by REMO?). I use EVANS drumheads in all my drums ...
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Why won't the top three strings change pitch

I ended up breaking the high E string because using an electronic tuner and my ear, it clearly wasn't changing at all. Kept tightening the string and eventually it broke behind the nut. To look into ...
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Guitar pitch changes with pressure applied to neck

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro I purchased in 2016. I think it has a glued in neck as opposed to a bolt-on but is not a guitar made from a single piece of wood. Whenever I'm tuning ...
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26 inch scale length good enough for Drop tuning guitar?

I've recently been trying to drop tune to Drop G. I've read that a 27 inch scale length would be good but I was wondering if 26 would be okay. Thanks!
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How does one tune down to 40 cents with a snark tuner?

I am trying to play along to and standard tuning isn't quite matching up... so it must be down tuned a bit, but how much? I have the Snark SN-8 Super Tight All ...
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What are the pitches in this donso ngoni tuning?

Please see the image below depicting the donso ngoni. I'm bad at identifying notes from clefs. But if I'm giving a try to guess the notes I think in the key of A: it is A - B - D - E - G - A. Is that ...
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Why are all the keys on my piano registering as one below what they actually are? [closed]

My acoustic Eavestaff Pianette, which has not been tuned in over 20 years, has gone out of tune precisely one whole-step low. For example, G4 is F4, A4 is G4, B4 is A4, and so on. I have used two ...
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How to tell if a song is tuned a half-step down?

This song, for example: I've tried the notes in the intro on both standard tuning and half-step down, and they both match pretty closely. (How) Can one determine by ...
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Song-specific temperament [duplicate]

So equal temperament is a compromise to allow songs to be played without without having to retune them on the fly, to match the more consonant sounding just intonation intervals. However, in a world ...
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How do brass instrument tune to non-fundamental notes?

Orchestras tune to A. But a trombone in 1st position can only play Bb or F. A trombone would need to be in 2nd position to play that A. How does the trombonist know whether to adjust the tuning ...

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