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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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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Is my piano likely worth tuning? [closed]

I have an E Belling upright piano that is about 180 years old - dating from around 1840 - that has been in my family since its first owner, my great-great-grandmother, who was given it for her 16th ...
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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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Why the inconsistency in the standard guitar tuning for strings? [duplicate]

So I noticed the fourth note of most strings is a semi-tone below the next string. For example, G♯ (4th note) on the low E string is a semi-tone below the next string, which is A; the C♯ ...
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E high string keeps snapping

I bought new nylon strings. I haven't had any problem with my old ones when I tune them, but my high e nylon string keeps snapping out of the pin. It doesn't break, it's fine, but it snaps out of the ...
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Alto Saxophone Stuck Playing F Sharp

Yesterday I took a break during practice and when I returned I noticed my F key will only reliably play an F#, so when going through the chromatic scale my F and F# fingerings are now playing the same ...
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Strings go out of tune (flat) when I bend them, then back to normal when I use the vibrato bar [duplicate]

I have an American Standard strat, and I last changed all the strings 3 months ago. As of the last 2 weeks, I've noticed that my G string gets out of tune when I bend it: it goes roughly a quarter ...
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Bell kit (xylophone) out of tune?

My kid just got a new used bell kit (glockenspiel) for school (we were renting hers, but we just decided to buy a second-hand one from a kid who quit). The new bells have a tuning problem- every ...
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Digital piano/keyboard under $1000 tuned to 432 hz with weighted keys? [closed]

I am relatively new to piano and looking to invest in a digital piano or keyboard with weighted keys that I can tune to 432 hz. One more thing I have noticed that I sing better in lower octaves. So ...
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Will changing electric guitar tuning effect the truss rod adjustment?

If I change my electric guitar tuning to Drop C (CGCFAD) from standard tuning (EADGBe), should I adjust the truss rod? Same question for other non-standard tunings.
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Electric guitar intonation flat above 12th fret, no luck with usual methods

My Floyd Rose equipped electric guitar has mostly spot-on intonation across the fretboard minus the high e string above the 12th fret, where it is pretty consistently flat (1-2 red LEDs from the ...
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Two tunings included with Scala: “Tau-On-Side Opposite” and “Upside Down Wedding Cake”

Scala comes with a very large collection of tunings. Many of these are mysterious to me. Specifically, I'm seeking information about these two: pyramid_down.scl 12 Upside-Down Wedding ...
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Is it possible to state whether someone is singing in tune?

I have a recording of a vocalist accompanied by guitar. The vocalist claims not to have a good voice but swears he is "singing in tune". Is there anyway to determine if this is true and, if in this ...
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Guitar tuning BG#EF#BE

Just bought the tab (Peter Ciluzzi - Soliloquy) and it is said inside that the tuning is BG#EF#BE. I've been fighting with my simple nylon 6-string guitar trying to set this tuning but the song doesn'...
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Why does the open A minor chord in 1st position sound better with the B string slightly flat?

I have been trying to understand why my A minor shape barre chords and specifically A minor in 1st position sounds better with the B string tuned slightly flat. In equal temperament the minor and ...
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How to best avoiding capo introduced sharpening?

In answer to a capo tuning question, one user suggested the use of a 'shim' (for lack of a better term, he actually suggested a .022" cut feeler gauge) between the fret board and strings under the ...
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Strings keep going out of tune right after tuning up

I changed my guitar strings yesterday and the new ones just don’t hold in tune. After less than a minute they go out of tune and I’ve noticed that my bridge is getting higher and higher as I try to ...
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How do I tell If my strings can be tuned this high?

first of all I’m very new here so please excuse me if I’m doing anything wrong. Next of all I’m self learning guitar as a hobby and I’m quite new to that too. I recently bought a distortion pedal and ...
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3rd string - G, never the correct chord/note

I recently purchased a beginner guitar. My first tuning I busted the 3rd string like an idiot. Replaced it with 3rd string that was provided and tuner was showing D. Ordered new strings and replaced ...
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Finding more information on an unknown upright piano

I recently chatted with a friend about their family's very out-of-tune upright piano and jokingly said that I could take the retuning into my own hands and that I would just need the right tuning ...
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Do Pianos become untunable when they have not been tuned for long enough?

I've been hearing a hearsay all the time that if you didn't tune a piano for a long enough period, and it goes out of tune too much, it couldn't be tuned any more at all. When I asked why, I was told ...
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Low E-string sounds out of tune [duplicate]

I have an issue with the low E string on my Acoustic Seagull S6 Original. Ever since I changed the strings, the E string seems to be out of tune in a weird way. When the open E is right on the spot (...
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Will tuning old Bongos break the drum heads?

I have a set of old LP Aspire Bongos that I got from my father. They are probably 15 years old or so, and it's unlikely that they have ever been tuned, definitely not for last 12 years. I'd like to ...
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Is it accurate to tune with harmonics higher than the third harmonic on the double bass?

I typically play an A4 with my tuner when I am tuning because that is the note that the violin would be playing. On the bass, I would be playing the A harmonic on the D-string in fourth position. If ...
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What are the best weather conditions and/or season to tune a piano?

Under what weather conditions should one tune a piano if one is only going to tune it once a year? I'm thinking about both humidity and temperature. Is it best to tune when the humidity is typical (...
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Is it better to choose 440 Hz or 432 Hz to tune an acoustic piano?

My acoustic upright piano is 110 years old, made in 1910. Last time I had it tuned, the tuner used a 440 Hz tuning fork and tuned it by ear, but he broke my B♭7 string. If a piano is not used in ...
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Malmart handchimes

Am new to handchimes and I seem to have two chimes that seem to stick at times How or what do I need to do to adjust them so they play without sticking?
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6 vs 7 string guitar for a student for multiple tunings

I'm currently studying in an overseas University, without my guitar(s). I generally play in Standard/Eb/Drop D tunings on my 6 string, but I've been wanting to play songs that are in Drop B/Drop A. ...
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Why did equal temperament become the standard tuning system for keyboard instruments?

Some people seem to make the case that having some keys beat more than others (as is in the case in the older well-tempered tuning systems) is a feature not a bug. But on the other hand, the equal ...
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Cyclical vibration frequency on some of the strings?

I have a yamaha 311h, I was playing around in Amplitube ultra tuner and noticed something weird with the tuning of the 4th, 2nd and 1st strings. All of these strings are cycling in vibration compared ...
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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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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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