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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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When tuning piano, is it important to tune the notes that are not played?

Take a hypothetical example. If I only use the middle two octaves in the piano for some piece, would the piano sound badly if some of the keys in the other octaves are out of tune. Or would the ...
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Why is the guitar tuned like it is?

Why is there that funny tuning kink between the G and B string on a guitar in standard tuning? I.E. the gap (interval) between the rest of the adjoining strings is 5 frets (or a perfect fourth), but ...
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What is the reason for pitch inflation?

There's this phenomenon among instrumentalists to constantly raise the pitch of the concert A. This generally occurs among string players, since the range of tunings for woodwinds, for example, is ...
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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?
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Why Is Just Intonation Impractical?

I've read about the debate of "just intonation" vs 12-tone equal temperament. And nowhere it was clearly stated why just intonation is impractical. Here are my assumptions. Please let me know if I am ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Trumpet low C♯ and D

Most trumpets' low C♯ and D are too high, and need correcting by pulling the 1st of 3rd valve. My first understanding was that the distance between tones in the lower register is larger than between ...
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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 ...
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Is there a sound theoretical reason why a capella choirs “drift off” of the starting pitches in a piece?

Is the "comma pump" an empirical problem, or merely theoretical? It's a standard music theory exercise to show that certain chord progressions don't actually quite work. For example, in the I-IV-ii-V-...
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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 ...
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What is concert pitch?

I was watching a song video lesson earlier today and it mentioned that the guitar should be tuned to concert pitch. What does that mean? Is it different from the normal EADGBE tuning?
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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 ...
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Second hand piano is out of tune by a whole tone

I just recently bought an acoustic piano. Sounded really good when we tested it out at seller's place. Now after playing a bit the keys sound off by one note (middle c would sound like d, d sounds ...
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Guitar tuning: Facing problems with High E string

This may seem like a stupid beginner question but I can't begin to understand what's the problem exactly. Usually when I tune my guitar i start from the top string (the thickest) and work down to the ...
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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 ...
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How to prevent snare rattle?

When I play my drum set, the toms make the snare rattle. Also, some pitches played by guitar or bass will make it rattle. I've tried tuning all the drums to certain pitches (somewhat effectively), but ...
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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?
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Why are pianos traditionally tuned “out of tune” at the extremes?

My understanding is that the vast majority of western music uses equal temperament, i.e. all semitones have a frequency ratio of the 12th root of 2. However I can hear in my piano that the notes at ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Do pianos really need to rest before tuning, after being moved?

I'm new to real pianos and just having bought an old 2nd-hand one, it's obviously gone out of tune being moved to my house. I've heard from a few people, including one tuner, that they need to 'rest' ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Guitar tuning with digital tuner

I am trying to tune my Washburn acoustic using a Stagg T-UC digital tuner, could use some help please Manual for my tuner can be found here: http://www.globalcube.net/clients/staggmusicv2/content/...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How did people tune their instruments in the past?

Today we are using electronic tuners and know everything about frequencies but in the past, like before the 16th century, how could people tune their instruments? Did they tune them to specific ...
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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) ...
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Is it possible to tune guitar down an octave?(or to f#?)

As the time goes, I see new bands using lower and lower tuning. For example if my memory serves me right, Torsof*ck uses octave down, band called Batushka uses f# tuning. How are they doing this? Don'...
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What frequencies should the violin and viola be tuned to?

I'm using this app to tune my violin, it supports many temperament options. What I want to do is tune the A string to 440Hz first, then comparing the other strings sympathetically to the adjacent ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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How to remember high E on Guitar for tuning

I've always had trouble tuning my guitar without a tuner, I try to sing a high E but end up on either C or D. Though when i hear the note E i can repeat it.
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One string sharp when fretted

I'm having trouble with my Epiphone SG G400 Pro. The 3rd string is sharp whenever I fret from the 1st - 12th frets. It's a tune-o-matic bridge and the saddle is as far from the nut as it can go. It's ...
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Do capable harmony singers sing in just intonation or tempered tuning?

I understand that the mathematical frequency ratios between certain intervals will correlate with the overtones that are present when a note sounds in a fundamental frequency. Certain predictable ...
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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 ...
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Is there any support for microtonality and temperaments in (or beyond) the MIDI specification?

The number of tones (or notes) per 8ve is just one of many potentially customisable aspects of any instrument. Standard midi, however, is pretty much clamped to western 12-tone equal temperament. ...
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Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar

I'm wondering if you can tune the second string of a double stringed guitar to something else than the regular octave. You would have to keep the open strings to C Major I guess, so that your barre ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Software for microtonal MIDI? [closed]

I'm looking to make some microtonal music (19/22 tone equal temperament). I want to produce it with midi. Timidity++ used to be able to produce a WAV file from a microtonal tuned .MID file, but it is ...
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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 ...
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High End Guitars - Open string in tune - Fretted string not

I have 3 high end guitars. 2 Gibson's, SG and 335 1 Taylor 528-e Each of these guitars cost thousands. The SG and the Taylor - I have had for a few years - and have been professionally set up ...