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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What notes on the piano do the Ukulele strings equate to?

If you highlighted the 4 strings of the Ukulele (default tuning) to notes on the piano, where would they come in relation to middle C?
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Exercises to go beyond basic relative pitch, and notice if any given interval is out of tune, by how much, and in which direction

Some people set a lot of store by "perfect pitch" but I feel that really good relative pitch is more important. What exercises can you suggest to improve this ability? EDIT : perhaps I am not clear ...
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How can I tune a bagpipe practice chanter?

I find that the high G is sometimes as much as a semitone sharp. One solution would be to try to use less air pressure when playing the note, but that's tricky. Currently I am using electrical tape to ...
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Retuning violin numerous times daily

I am very new to violin, like newborn baby new. My eldest son just bought me my first violin and I am having serious tuning issues. Firstly, the violin is a SV-75 Cremona premiere Novice 4/4. Secondly,...
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What is Concert Pitch [duplicate]

Could someone provide a simple (for beginners) answer to the question, "What is concert pitch?" I understand that different brass and reed instruments play at different pitches and that a C played on ...
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Is there a public domain collection of common musical tunings? [closed]

I'm creating a software synthesizer and I want to add musical tunings, mostly those like you can find in keyboards from Roland etc. Now I don't have them in my mind, and I wish to add at least 5 to ...
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Does guitar fret spacing solely depend on the length of the string?

On a typical guitar, the fret board has certain spacing between each fret. Does the spacing of frets on a guitar solely depend on the length of the string? Meaning if I have multiple guitars of ...
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Why do pianos not need to be tuned every time you play?

I usually tune my guitar and violin whenever I play them. I assume most people do too. But what makes piano strings different? I know it is a lot of work to tune a piano, but I'm under the assumption ...
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Playing in E♭ 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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Tuning Guitar with Capo

I use GuitarTuna app for tuning the guitar,I am able to get standard E tuning with the app, For other drop Tuning like Standard C or D, putting capo on 2nd for D standard or capo on 4th fret C ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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When was “Nashville Tuning” invented?

Answering a question about alternate tuning today got me thinking about Nashville Tuning and that this is basically the exact same concept used by Stanley Clarke (and apparently Ron Carter) to "invent"...
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Why do I hear characters to keys in equal temperament? [closed]

I know, I'm not the only one who hears key characters. But I have heard time and time again that equal temperament means that all keys are equal and thus there aren't any characters to it beyond Major ...
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Should I listen to bowed note or released note when tuning?

When I am tuning my double bass using harmonics, the note sounds like it changes intonation when I release the note compared to when I am bowing. I think this has something to do with the bow action ...
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GuitarPro: Change to Eb, but keep notation in E

I just downloaded GuitarPro 7.5. I used to use GuitarPro quite a bit, but it's been a while. I like to tune down and play in Eb. I want to change a song to sound 1/2 step lower, but want to keep ...
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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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Have traditional tunings for sitar been lost? Did the even-tempered scale have something to do with it?

Several decades ago I attended a citar concert, after which there was a question and answer session by the performer - sorry but I don't remember who it was now. The performer described the variety of ...
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Guitar : My sixth sting E cannot be tightened up

My six string E cannot be tightened. Mystring tightens to an extent which is very loose after reaching that extend, the peg keeps rotating but the string does not tighten. I am talking about the the ...
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My guitar goes out of tune at a higher pitch rather than lower, is that normal?

It is my understanding that strings, over time, stretch and are unable to maintain their tension, so they go out of tune at a lower pitch. When I pick up my guitar and I tune it with my electronic ...
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guitar tuning - note shifts after striking it [duplicate]

If I tune a guitar typically I see that I strike the string and the tuner records a certain value, e.g. dead on E. However often (maybe not always - but I can't say for sure) a few moments later the ...
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Classical examples of a 'fifth voice' or 'ghost soprano'

There is an interesting phenomenon in choral (and perhaps also instrumental?) singing in which typically four voices are arranges in such a way that a 'fifth voice' or 'ghost voice' can be heard. It ...
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How to Choose the Best Alternate Tuning

This is essentially a generalized version of this question for fingerstyle guitar, and I'm surprised I can't find it on this website: how do I find the most optimal alternate tuning for a guitar/bass(/...
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Tuning a keyboard

Is there any software in which I can connect my casio keyboard (mk-210) to use as input and select the tuning in cents or frequency for each note manually to listen to as an output so I can try ...
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Why is my guitar's saddle at an angle?

Most acoustic guitars I've seen, including my own, have an angled saddle (the white strip holding up the strings): This makes the bass strings longer than the treble strings. Why is this? ...
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Intonation of string instruments in chamber music

Recently when playing in a piano trio as a cellist, my teacher told me that a note can have a small range of correct pitches depending on the chord. Shouldn’t everybody try to play exactly in tune ...
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How did musicians do “absolute” tuning in the Middle Ages?

There are essentially two ways to tune an instrument (that is tuneable): you can assume that one of the pitches it makes is in tune and then tune the rest of the instrument to the pitch that is in ...
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How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?

I understand the general idea of compensated nuts to produce more variance in the string lengths, and thus better intonation over a wider range of fretting positions, but the Buzz Feiten system I see ...
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Does piano tuning software actually work?

I would like to tune a piano that is in a remote place. Usually I would call a tuner but since there are none around it will just be too expensive. I found out recently that there is software that ...
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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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How to calculate the size of a xylophone bar according to its pitch

I am new to StackExchange, and I have a question about a school project I'm working on involving constructing an instrument. I am building a xylophone-glockenspiel-mash kind of thing, but I wanted to ...
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If equal temperament divides an octave into 12 equal parts, why are the hertz differences not the same but 12ths of two?

Let's take a 440Hz A pitch and the 880Hz A an octave higher. If we divide space between 440Hz and 880Hz into 12 equal parts, we would have: [440Hz, 476.6, 513.2 ... 880Hz.] And this looks ...
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Why are bagpipes tuned using just intonation?

To my knowledge, the Great Highland Bagpipes are tuned using just intonation rather than equal tempered tuning. Why is this? What is the advantage of just intonation?
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What does “vox humana” mean in Organ building?

Reading a thesis about temperature in Organ construction I encountered this term and I didn't know anything about it before. So I wonder what you can tell us about "vox humana".
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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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Changing Guitar Tuning

I learned some Guitar songs in default tuning. Now i discovered that there are many other tuning available in which people play awesome guitar, as it's easy to do tapping ,play percussive style ...
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Written pitch verse pitch played by tab

I have a Hal Leonard book of transcriptions of Robert Johnson songs. In the example in the image the tuning is open G but up a half step, so Open G sharp. The written notes circled show a B and a ...
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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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Tune high B and E strings one octave apart like the other strings?

Traditionally high B and E strings are tuned in unison. Why are they tuned like this? Unlike the rest of strings. If this can be done anyways. Could this be achieved with the standard set of ...
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Short scale guitar tuning to A

I recently picked up a short-scale electric guitar for my son. While I am in no way a guitarist I can tune a standard guitar to standard tuning, including using the fifth fret method when I know what ...
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Singing - effect of vowels on tuning and tonality

I am a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Singing for me has been a long road but recently I found out something very interesting. I have a certain song that I am very fond of but I have ...
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Does every piano need tuning every year?

Our upright piano has been last tuned about a year ago. (It was a major retuning, two sessions, including bringing it up from something 435-ish to 442 Hz.) I just tried to check whether it is still ...
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Should I tune whole step lower on guitar (E string to D, etc.) so singer can hit high notes?

In order for the singer to hit the high notes on the Hollies hit song 'Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress' I’m considering detuning my entire guitar down one whole step, in other words, bottom E string ...
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Standard and Drop C tunings difference

Is there a difference in sound between standard tuning and Drop C if I play the same notes on both? For example, C and D on 8 and 10 frets in standard tuning on the first string and the same notes on ...
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Guitar tuning “perfect” fourths?

Virtually all the sources I can find claim that the intervals between adjacent guitar strings in standard tuning (EADGBE) should be perfect fourths, except for one major third. However, since a ...
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Electric guitar doesn't keep tuning on the first frets. Anything I can do about it?

I can tune the open strings properly to any note I want and they keep the tuning for days, but as I press my fingers on the first 2 frets the tuner shows the notes slighly flat, as I go up the scale ...
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How long would it take to learn to tune a piano?

I have a piano that is out of tune, and I know tuning pianos properly is complicated enough to have it's own profession. But I think it would be interesting to have a go myself, for fun. But is this ...
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Why does the same classical piece sound like it's in a different key in different recordings?

I've noticed that sometimes a different recording of the same piece will sound like it's being played in a different key. For example, I listened to Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: III. ...
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Should guitar be de-tuned when not in use…?

I bought a GB&A guitar almost an year ago. I play guitar mostly on the weekends. Recently I noted that my guitar bridge has got lifted off the body a bit. So I took it to the Guitar Shop. The ...
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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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How could it be that the capo isn't changing the pitch?

I know the title sounds crazy, so hear me out. I'm beginning to look at how I would play The Wolves and the Ravens by Rogue Valley. Here are three key links: The album recording of the song. The ...