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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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Should I tune my piano?

I bought a new piano today and now have it at my home. Obviously it's out of tune. Should I attempt to tune it myself? I have watched a video on how to tune pianos and it seems pretty easy, but atill ...
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Difficulties tuning an instrumental combo

There are three instruments involved: A piano. 2 guitars. One guitar is tuned to standard E A D G B E. The other guitar is tuned to an open D. The piano is standard tuning. Why don't all 3 ...
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Tuning my ukulele strings

I just got my first ukulele and as I was tuning the strings I noticed it didn't sound right. On my tuner it says e when I play the c string and c when I play the e string. Someone please tell me how ...
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what is the point in different guitar tuning?

I don't get it quite yet, since it seems to me like you can play mostly everything in standard tuning with a bit of practice. Or can you ? If so, what are some parameters you should look for in a ...
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Mandolin Tuning Trouble

I'm new to mandolins and I just got a mandolin that I'm trying to learn how to play. I was tuning it but the inside G string is too low, I tried turning the knob to make it higher to get to the right ...
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Is my trumpet sound shifted?

I am new to trumpet, bought one recently and here's what I found: The trumpet looks like Bb kind: I googled Bb trumpet fingerings (e.g. this) and they all say that all open valves (and lowest note) ...
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tuning a recorded sample to another

I can't figure out how to tune a sample so it matches another, previously recorded sample. I understand there are combinations of samples that won't ever match, but that can't be the case as often as ...
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Tuning a string instrument with well temperament

When I practice the cello, sometimes it is noticeable that, when playing big chords, they tend to be out of tune - the C string sounds a bit too flat. This is the issue of tuning by 5ths for any ...
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Guitar Low E string can't be tuned properly

I'm a newbie to playing the guitar. It was a hand-me-down from a relative and I have recently changed the strings. Every string works fine except the low E string. It's somewhat loose. When I tighten ...
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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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Why does my new guitar become untuned every day?

I am learning guitar as a beginner and a few days back I bought an f-hole acoustic guitar (steel strings). And every day when I sit down to play it, the guitar tuner says that it is out of tune, ...
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Is even-interval tuning a sensible idea for lead guitar?

I'm primarily a rhythm guitarist who has recently taken up bass. I've been struck how easy the equal 4th intervals between strings is for scale patterns, which surely have as much relevance for lead ...
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Why do people with perfect pitch perceive tunes not in 440 Hz out of tune?

I do not have perfect pitch, but I heard that people who have it might have difficulty when a piece of music is not tuned to the usual 440 Hz pitch standard; it sounds out of tune for them. But this ...
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Banjolele tuning and string tension

I just got a banjolele as a gift. I've played uke for years, so I assumed tuning it would be a breeze, but it has not been! It's concert sized, and I've been tuning it to GCEA. If I tune it to the ...
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Sustained note out of tune with short note

I have a Schecter C1 Classic with D'dario XL EJ22 strings, down tuned to dropped A# (A#, F, A#, D#, G, C). The strings are relatively new, but broken in (a couple of weeks old, and I don't play every ...
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Tuning machines are too sensitive and change the pitch too much. What should I do?

I have just bought a steel guitar (actually a 10-string brazilian viola) and the tuning is too sensitive, because only a small movement on the peg changes the pitch too much. It's not an exaggeration ...
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Guitar Frequency

I'm using an app to calculate frequency of the guitar strings as far as I know the fundamental frequency of the guitar are listed as :- String Frequency 1 (E) 329.63 Hz 2 (B) 246....
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Tips for tuning floating bridge guitars?

I have a Snark that I use to tune a Mexican Fender Stratocaster. When I tune to drop D, all the other notes get out of tune as well, and it takes me 2 or 3 minutes longer to tune because the strings ...
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Would an instrument that tuned itself harmonically on the fly sound in tune?

Pianos can't be tuned perfectly using harmonic tuning, because they have a string for every note. See this MinutePhysics video for a good explanation of why. But with current technology, we could ...
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Do I risk ruining my guitar by switching the tuning often?

I'm currently learning a song which needs drop-d tuning. Since I found myself switching back and forth from drop-d to standard tuning a couple of times a day, I wonder if I'm risking damage to the ...
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Playing in Eb tuning with capo on the first fret

I started teaching myself how to play acoustic guitar approximately one month ago, and I can already play some basic chords and do some strumming and solos. However, my repertoire consists of some ...
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How do you call this tuning?

I've retranscribed a piece of music whose original transcription was made around 1800 during Napoleon's Egypt expedition. The original transcriber describes the following tuning, for the Arabic Rast ...
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Truss rod adjustments after changing strings from 9-48 to 12-60

I bought a used guitar ESP LTD viper-400. This guitar has always been set up to Standard E-tuning with 9-48 strings. But I want to change strings to 10-60 and tune guitar to Drop A or Drop B. The ...
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How to tune a ukulele to compensate for intonation issues

I'm just starting out on the ukulele coming from a guitar background. Compared to the guitar, the intonation isn't great, and from everything I've read, the shorter neck means that's the nature of the ...
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Guitar - Do you have to intonate based on your tuning?

Do I have to re-intonate the guitar when I change the tuning?
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do older ears with diminished hearing have a problem distinguishing intonation on guitar strings

I have changed strings, corrected neck relief etc, on my Les Paul and tuned and checked intonation using a Peterson strobe tuner, but when I play I'm hearing strings out of tune and intonation ...
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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 ...
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Drum tuning/timbre?

How integral to the harmony of the music is the tuning/timbre of the drum-set? It must be more aesthetically pleasing, even on a subconscious level, to have the drums tuned somewhere in the vicinity ...
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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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Control Humidity

I play violin in my school's orchestra and that requires me to bring my violin back and forth between my house and school, which exposes it to harsh temperatures and drastic differences in humidity as ...
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How to name a new tuning? (for example A=448 Hz) [closed]

How to choose the best name for it? Does anyone have a method or algorithm how to do that? Example 1: a 24-second song in this tuning: A=448 Hz
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What are some of the alternate tunings of a modern piano?

Modern Pianos are tuned to equal temperament at A440. Are there other prominent alternate tunings used in art music or popular music? I'm accepting that historical reproductions will tune the A to 430 ...
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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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Bring an old piano up to pitch?

I have an old Hardman upright piano that's approaching 135 years of age. It's in decent shape considering, but is about 3 semitones flat. Is it even possible to get this old girl back to concert ...
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New Tuners Needed for LP Deluxe?

I have a 1978 LP Deluxe with old Grover enclosed, non-locking, non-original tuners. The G string goes out of tune quickly and the tuner does not feel right to the touch. You do 1/4 to 1/2 a turn and ...
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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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When tuning an orchestra, why do some people play A followed by D and F together?

I've heard string players tune from a piano by playing A4, followed by D4 and F4 together. They said it makes it easier to tune. I've never gotten a good answer why this is. Is it just a strange ...
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On Tuning: What's in a Temperament? (Well-Temperament vs. Equal Temperament)

I just had my whole world shattered this morning when I was unwise enough to do a "quick" Google search on what exactly "equal temperament" means before I had started my work. Of course, the loudest ...
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How can I determine the diameter of my piano's tuning pins?

I have an upright Baldwin 88-key piano ("Style No. 2056A") that was made in 1991. How can I determine the diameter of the tuning pins (so I can use the corresponding tuning tip)? I took photos of ...
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Naming notes in non 12-TET tunings?

Note nomenclature is well-defined for 12-tone equal tempered tunings, e.g. English notation vs German notation, etc. My question is: how is it possible to reliably name notes when using different ...
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Theory confusion

In every book and website I look at it says for guitar that sharps and flats are on the same fret for example C sharp and D flat are both on the forth fret of the a string and I've seen that it is ...
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Piano lost its brightness after a tuning + repair

I got my piano tuned today, and a couple of the keys fixed as well (one key wouldn't play if hit softly). Before the tuning, it had a very bright sound. After, it is mellower. I don't think he ...
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How to develop a proper trumpet embochure: Tuning and range

I recently started playing the trumpet, and I am struggling with the upper range, but what concerns me even more than that is that my notes in the range I mostly control are out of tune. In general ...
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Can I just tune my guitar how ever I like?

I wrote a song, and have a guitar I never got to using, and I decided to write a guitar part to the song. The thing is, I know what intervals and harmonies sound good so I just got my guitar out, and ...
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Guitar Tuning in Tux Guitar - For Dummies (Drummers)

Can anyone help me out with Tuning in Tux Guitar? I'm a drummer and can write a rythme for guitar parts but cannot for the life of me figure out the correct way to tune to Drop C straight from ...
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Truss rod adjustments and tuning

I'm setting up my guitar and I am about to adjust my truss rod. I heard to tune the guitar first but what tuning? I typically play tuned down a step and a half. Should I tune my guitar to that setting ...
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What kind of logarithmic function will translate Play Speed to Octave Change?

I'm using a music speed changer to slow down given music to determine the exact the notes used so I can play the same notes (by ear) on my instrument of choice. If this were a traditional tape or ...
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Moving a grand piano 2 meters

I currently have a grand piano on a stage and was wanting to move it 2 (or so) meters back to make more room on the stage for an upcoming concert where it will not be used. I was wondering if I will ...
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Tuning and the aria, Hell's Vengeance, was the triple F lower?

In the famous aria from The Magic Flute, Hell's Vengeance sung by the Queen of the Night, there is a notoriously high triple F (Fa5). I have heard that in Mozart's time the note was sung lower than ...
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Can my 4 year old guitar still be tuned?

4 years ago I wanted to play the guitar, so I tried to learn it. I gave up pretty soon and the guitar has been pretty much untouched ever since. Now I want to try again! So my question is: Can i still ...