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 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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What are the base notes that different tuning system used?

I’m trying to understand how the different tuning systems and temperaments were used from the past. Would people tune their instruments based on the key of the piece they were going to play? Is there ...
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LinnDrum (LM-2): tuning ranges for snare, toms, and congas

This question is about the classic 1980s drum machine known as the LinnDrum (LM-2) by Linn Electronics. Some drum sounds on the LinnDrum are tunable. I'm looking for detailed information about the ...
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Determining the name of a certain alternate tuning?

For example if the tuning is C A D G B E What is that called? Not Drop C is it?
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What tuning would I use if the song is in E but I want to use G shapes?

Original chords are: E C#m B A But they have it tabbed as: G Em D C What do I tune my guitar to instead of standard? Capo 9 is a bit difficult...
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How do people recognise the frequency of a played note?

How can people be sure that the A4 note of a Piano is 440Hz? I'm asking in a more practical/physical way. As far as I know, any notes on the keyboard are made of different frequencies, so A4 isn't ...
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When is just intonation more appropriate than 12-tone equal temperament?

I have recently learnt about different tuning methods, and 12-tone equal temperament is a very well-designed compromise. However, are there usage scenarios where it's better to use just intonation ...
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Classical guitar intonation: B string madness [duplicate]

I'm a lapsed violist/pianist and have always also played guitar, first folk/rock and then for 20 yrs or so classical and Brasilian. I have, for decades, noticed that it is almost impossible to tune ...
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Loose out of tune bottom E string

Just got brand new bullet mustang.After I tuned the string with fender tuner app,all strings are great except the 6th string(low E,thickest string).Though the app says it's tuned it’s loose and you ...
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Tuning the lowest bass string a hair flat

I was listening to Abbey Road but it's just Bass and it sounds like the low E string is a hair flat in a lot of the songs. How did they get away with that? When I was in the pep band many years ago ...
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On the guitar, why the treble strings should be wound clockwise while the bass strings should be wound counterclockwise?

There are a lot of tutorials on changing the strings of a guitar, and they mostly suggest that, after you put each string through the hole in the tuning peg, you turn the peg clockwise for the g, b, ...
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Was the term “octave” coined after the development of early music theory?

I have some confusion as to the use and history of the word octave in the context of music and tuning systems. The (western) tuning system comes from the Pythagorean division of the octave, based on ...
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Why is violin tuning order the way it is?

I get that A is how we define concert pitch, so we tune that first, but then we always tune D-A, G-D, then A-E. Why is that? Is it just convention? My best conjecture/hypothesis is that it makes it ...
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Square Head Tuning Hammer size [duplicate]

I have a Year 1928 made Clayton upright piano. May I know what size of tuning hammer should I buy. I bought one square head tuning hammer but it is too big for the pin. Also, any idea where I can find ...
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Tuning peg tight on a guitar (possibly slipping, too)

So my guitar's G-string peg is feeling tight. I'm a newbie, but I think that the peg is slipping, since I can hear a click sound when I try tuning it up. The G string is now around 2 whole steps ...
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What tuning system is the song Stand by me written in? [closed]

it always feels weird to me when I play the notes on my violin.... unless the music i have is wrong, is it possible the song is either written in a different tonality, or is it just the singer adds to ...
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Why does a guitar strum sound better when the G,B & E strings are flat?

When I tune a guitar, electric (luthier intonated) or acoustic to a Spark (black) tuner it doesn't sound right when strummed (always below 12th fret). (All good guitars including Epiphone Texan ...
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Difference between Akebono and the diatonic scale?

It is written in this Wikipedia page that The Akebono scale is a musical scale commonly used in traditional Japanese music. Akebono and the Diatonic scale use the same intervals, but Akebono has no ...
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How was instruments tuned in the medieval times when there was no global frequency standards? [duplicate]

How did they tune instruments back in past? Did they know that A4 is 440Hz back in 1700s? Without pitch measuring instruments, won't the pianos made by two different manufacturers sound different? How ...
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Microphone suggestion for piano tuning using mobile app

I want to tune my piano using an android app. I am not a professional pianist, I just play as a hobby. The problem is that it seems the mobile builtin microphone cannot detect very high or very low ...
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reference pitch before the invention of the tuning fork [duplicate]

What was the reference pitch before the invention of the tuning fork in 1711? Was it somewhat a task to try and get within the ballpark of referenced pitch? Like for instance, maybe they knew what ...
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How do you tune a piano?

Ok so I am visiting my grandparents and I am going to practice piano at their house for about a month. But, when I started playing it, I noticed that the piano was out of tune buy a full QUARTER tone. ...
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What is the tuning used on this song “Nightingale” by Ivory Tusk? [closed]

I have a great difficulty to decipher the tuning used by a YouTuber BalconyTV in a song Nightingale by Ivory Tusk: What I got is E A C F# A E, which I don't think is ...
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How to tune a rawap?

I recently picked up a rawap listed on a local classified website as a mandolin. It's relatively short, about 60cm, and has 4 strings, which makes me wonder how do I tune it? 5 string rawap is tuned а-...
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What kinds of vibrato arms do what’s described in this video?

I have no luck searching for the kind of vibrato arm, or tremolo arm or whammy bar Steve Vai seems to describe in this video at 3:20 He seems to describe a vibrato arm ...
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Install new strings on guitar with whammy bar

So I have an Ibanez GRG250DX and I want to replace its strings. But I havent played it in a long time. What I tried so far: I clipped the old strings, kind of cleaned the guitar and pulled in the ...
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Has anyone required nonstandard fingerings for “normal” pipe instruments?

By "normal," I mean pipe instruments that are tuned to 12-equal temperament. They have "standard" fingering for each notes in 12edo, but I recall that, when I was young, I found it ...
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Do any prominent string players tune the top and bottom string to be a just minor 10th or major 13th?

I'm thinking of bass, viola, violin, and cello, though my question could apply to any instrument tuned in stacked fourths/fifths. Typically the strings are tuned using the 3rd and 4th harmonics so ...
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Violin peg is stuck, won't move at all

My problem isn't that the pegs are slipping or loose, but that they're stuck. I am afraid I'll break it if I pull too hard. Please help.
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Why can't notes be tuned according to a defined frequency?

Why is it that everyone says a piano can never be in tune? Why can't we just assign a particular frequency to every note (A, A#, B, C, C#, etc) and then tune each piano string to the frequency of each ...
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Tuning: beats easier to hear on guitar than on cello

I find it easier to hear beats on a guitar (when two strings do not form a P4/P5) than on a cello when bowing. Is there a reason for this, or is it just me?
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If the resolution of human hearing is approximately five cents, how can musicians play works with intonation changes of less than five cents?

Sources1 suggest that the frequency resolution of humans—our ability to discriminate differences in pitch—is limited to around five cents. If this is the case, how can musicians play an excerpt like ...

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