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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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Diatonic vs chromatic harmonica

The hohner super chromonica has the pattern Do re mi fa sol la ti do ^ | ^ | ^ | | ^ | v | v | v v | ____ ____ ____ ___ ...
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What is the length of water and the length of air in a glass needed to produce different pitches in a glass harp?

I want to create in my house a simple glass harp using household glasses. (It will not be used for performance on stage in front of people, it will be used for my own entertainment). I want to know ...
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Piano tuning hammer gets stuck

I have a 100 year old German baby grand and I need to tweak some of the tuning on a few things. I bought a square entry tuning hammer but once I bring the tuning up (it’s on 430 because not holding ...
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Tuning fork v Tablet

I have a tuning fork and a tuning app on my tablet. I am interested to know which to trust. The tuning fork is old. It was my father's (for his violin) and hence is probably from the 1930s at the ...
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What do you call a scale with 19 notes per octave? Howabout 17 notes per octave?

I know that a 12-note scale (as in the currently ubiquitous 12 equal temperament) is called "chromatic". In a chromatic system, there are sharps and/or flats, but no neighboring sharps and flats. ...
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Virtual synthesizer or piano roll with controllable number of keys per octave?

I am interested in performing and composing in non-twelve tone scales, such as 19-EDO (aka 19-TET) or 31-EDO (aka 31-TET). While there are virtual synthesizers that allow you to play microtonal ...
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Historically informed performance - Tuning

I recently attended a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Marin Alsop. At the end, Nicola played an encore: a version of ...
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How did Pythagoras and Ptolemy measure the relative pitch of musical notes?

Both Pythagoras and Ptolemy believed that the intervals between notes in music should be ratios of small integer numbers. This is known as Just Intonation. Pythagoras liked them to derived from ...
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Second hand piano

I've just bought a second hand piano and one of the Ds of the left part sounds totally disaccorded. It hasn't been tuned yet but I feel very worried. Is it okay for one of the keys to sound like that ...
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Tuning Mesh drumheads

I fitted my drumset with Remo Silent Stroke heads for home practice convenience. However I cannot seem to be able to 'tune' the heads appropriately. I can't get enough sound out of them when tuning ...
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Why are no two pianos tuning the same?

I've had this question awhile now and it seems that everywhere I go the pianos are not to the exact same matching tune. On one piano the middle C could be 261.63 Hz and than on the other it would be ...
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Why are ukuleles tuned like they are? [duplicate]

Why is ukulele tuned as it is? I play violin and have started the tenor uke to play chords and such. But I am so used to the order of the violin tuning that the uke seems like chaos.
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How to fix out of tune octave on Casio PX-A100?

I just sold my Casio PX-A100 and the buyer found out that the on the last octave keys are out of tune, tried going to default settings. Out of tune keys - A,B,C - the last keys of the keyboard + weird ...
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Floyd Rose Bridge Fine tuner knobs pitch goes up and then down

So i recently got a new guitar which has Floyd Rose tuning system. I had tuned it low when i got it and then went back up to E Standard tuning. Since then i noticed that when i adjust the fine tune ...
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Why is a 440 Hz frequency considered the “standard” pitch for musical instruments?

I was reading the Idiot's Guides: Music Theory (3rd edition), and I read: The "standard" pitch today that most musicians tune to is the A above middle C, which equals 440 Hz; all the other ...
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How to know singing is in a particular key

At Deering's web site, they have a blog entry Learning Banjo by Ear for Beginners. The third step says, "Sing that melody aloud in the key of G. (keep strumming that chord if you need a reference ...
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Fretted notes consistantly ~10cents sharp across the fretboard compared to open

I have a baritone ukulele, which is basically a classical nylon-string guitar except missing the 2 bass strings. I've noticed when I tune I can either have fretted notes in tune or open notes in tune ...
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Guitar high e string breaking when tuning up new string

I've recently encountered a problem with my 2016 Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute. A few weeks ago I replaced my set of Ernie Ball 11's with a set of 10's. All was going well until I went to tune the high ...
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Perfect fourth over perfect fifth?

I am learning about the perfect 5th and perfect 4th. When tuning a drumset, why would you choose one over the other?
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Piano tuning- tuning pin is far too small for tuning lever

I wanted to learn to tune a piano by myself, and bought a relatively cheap size #2 star tuning lever (~$40) for the job. The tuning pins are far too small for my lever. I am looking for either a ...
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Ibanez S7420 ZR2-bridge not flush with body anymore, I can't fix it

I have a Ibanez S7420 7-string with the ZR2 bridge and I think I just majorly screwed it up. The guitar was set up for standard 7-string tuning (BEADGBE) and I set it to A# F A# D# G C D# (tuning up ...
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Guitar strings on bass

Would it be possible to put standard guitar strings DGBE on a bass guitar? So it can be played as a tenor guitar?
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Proof of the sentence regarding Hz to cents formula

On this amazing page I have learnt that you can calculate the cents between two notes with the following formula: c = 1200 × log2(f1/f0) I simply wonder if there is an accessible proof of this, I can'...
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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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Why is a banjo on a lesson book's tracks tuned to 438hz?

I have a Hal Leonard banjo lesson book that includes a series of tracks for downloading, including 5 tracks with tuning notes. I tuned a banjo using an electronic tuner set to 440hz, and noticed the ...
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Using a Boss tu-12h tuner

How do I tell which octave the displayed note is in on the Boss tu-12h tuner? I want to avoid breaking guitar strings.
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Should I tune string to pitch on attack, or on to the pitch on its sustain phase? [duplicate]

When I hit the string with a pick, it's tune becomes higher by a few cents. Should I tune the string the way that string sounds in pitch when I hit it with the pick, or I should I tune it the way the ...
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Five Fret Higher Guitar Tuning for Voicing

In order from bottom up, I'm considering moving my A, B, G, and E strings to the left one string, while tuning the B up to C. Then I discard the low E and replace the high e with another G string ...
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G string out of tune but only when played open

So I figured out I can tune my G string just a little flat so all the frets sound in tune, except that, of course, leaves open G sounding like F#. What should I do?
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Is this music (flow my tears) here being played in 31 TET or a form of renaissance unequal temperament such as quarter comma meantone?

While looking for 31TET music I stumbled across this recording of "flow my tears" my John Dowland The video description and the album artwork indicate that it's ...
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B-string on guitar more easily out of tune?

I'm very sensitive to out-of-tune notes which make my skin crawl and may ruin my enjoyment of otherwise perfectly fine gigs. At first I thought something was wrong with my ears, since other people ...
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Basic tuning - note problem with C

I'm starting guitar 2 weeks from now :) I am fine tuning my guitar. All the notes are fine except when I hold down the B string to make C it is coming out as C sharp. D and all the other notes are ...
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Four strings sounding the same

I haven't played my guitar in about a few years, I've kept it in the same place for a long time in room temperature. I cant really tell if the strings are rusted or not. But four out of six strings ...
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Piano - Why Tune Remaining Strings By Ear?

This website http://piano.detwiler.us/ says to tune one string using the chromatic tuner, then tune the remaining one or two strings by ear, and tune octaves by ear. Why should this be done? If my ...
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If an ensemble plays using just intonation, is it true the ensemble will always go sharp?

I was once told that an ensemble that plays in just intonation will always go sharp, and I'm wondering if that's actually true. The easiest way to disprove this claim is to find an instance where the ...
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Why are C♯ and D♭ different frequencies?

I am a music enthusiast, and I was recently reading What is the difference between equivalent Flat and Sharp keys as far as musical notation? Are there any reasons to prefer one over the other? This ...
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What Increments Are The Tuning Settings On My Keyboard

I have a keyboard, a Roland RS-50, and I have been playing around in D Double Harmonic major a lot recently. That Wikipedia article says that you can play the scale with quarter tones, and I'd like ...
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What's the best way to tune a guitar to play with an out of tune piano?

The local village church has a playable, but not especially in-tune, piano. I'm going to be playing guitar alongside this and wondered what the best approach is for my tuning?
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Why do we need tempered tuning?

It's known that on a piano, no note is perfectly in-tune because of equal temperament tuning. However, I'm confused why we need this special tuning. Can't we just tighten each string on the piano so ...
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Should I fix the bridge on this guitar?

This is a guitar from 1950's or 60's that I recently got refurbished, but now I still have the problem of it going relatively quickly out of tune. It has a movable bridge, and I think this is the ...
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Tuning My Violin High

Usually violinists tune it to G3-D4-A4-E5. I play on a Gba violin, very basic. Can I tune it to D4-G4-D5-G5? I know it sounds crazy but I play Carnatic violin and this is how all instruments are tuned....
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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 ...