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. When relevant, please also include the tag of your instruments, e.g. [guitar] or [violin].

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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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Why won’t two guitar strings tune?

New to guitar. Recently I took my electric model to Guitar Center for a tune up. They said it was restrung and intonated. But when I got it back, I found that my E strong does not tune “continuously”,...
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Question about intonation of enharmonic notes on the trumpet [duplicate]

I've been told that, ideally, a note like an e sharp or a b sharp should be slightly different in pitch from an f natural or a c natural. (especially when it is written as a leading pitch in a minor ...
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Understanding a digital tuner

I've the exact same tuner from this video only the brand name changes. I am new to guitars, I am trying to tune(standard tuning) an ESP M-50 with it(can I?). I plug the guitar cable to the tuner input ...
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Having trouble tuning my Ukulele...

I have a Soprano Ukulele, in standard GCEA tuning, and I've signed up for a 'Ukulele Summer School' (a special deal for 5 weeks of lessons with a little bit of money off) to try to get started on the ...
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12 String guitar going out of tune around the 8th fret on the high e, b and g

I just bought my 12 string guitar and the g,b and high e string go out of tune when i play it around the 8th fret i'm really getting worried. I'm wondering if its a problem with the type of strings it ...
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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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Mini electric guitar tuning

To make it short, I am in the military and I try to take a guitar every time I am deployed. The thing is I can't take much with me so I need a very (very very) small guitar. I have a LAG guitalele (...
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Tenor Banjo Tuning

Have aquired a tenor banjo and do not know how I should tune it up. The nut to bridge is 23 inches in length so is completely different from my current soprano ukulele. I seek advice as to how to tune ...
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What does [2 whole steps down & b flat down] mean for the guitar?

I know two steps down is C tuning, but what does the "b flat down" mean?
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Floyd Rose Question: Should it sit flat with the body of the guitar?

I have a EVH Fender Striped Series guitar with a non-floating floyd rose Bridge. I've had it for about a year now. Recently I looked at it and saw that it was like the bridge was being pulled forwards ...
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Why is the last string on a guitar called the first string and the first string called the sixth string?

I learned early in my guitar playing journey that what I would naturally assume would be the first string (the fattest string) is actually known in proper guitar anatomy parlance as the sixth string. ...
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What would make 1 key buzz or ring?

I have an old Kimball Consolette .The middle e makes an annoying buzz/ring sound.I can’t see anything mechanically different about it.Could the strings be unevenly stretched?The e flat sounds slightly ...
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Why frequency difference between notes is not constant? [closed]

I found that the difference is sometimes ~3, sometimes ~2 or ~4 Hz. Why isn't it constant? Would it be better if it was constant?
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Does leaving on nut locks hurt strings?

I just got a guitar with a Floyd-Rose bridge, complete with a nut built for nut locks. Should I leave the nut locks on until I need to change strings, or possibly need to retune with the knobs? Or ...
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Should tabla drum produce any buzzing?

Earlier today I was trying out two tabla drum sets in a music shop and I noticed that both sets they had were producing a buzzing sound while being played. I am no tabla player but I have been playing ...
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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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New Guitar strings going out of tune

I just got a new guitar from eBay, it is a classical acoustic guitar. I am trying to tune it, but strings are going out every time I tune them. I could not even play it yet, because every time I ...
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How do people measure which tuning freqency were used during Baroque period?

In a website decribing the story of A=415Hz, it points out that In the Baroque Era, pitch levels as high as A-465 (17th century Venice) and as low as A-392 (18th century France) are known to ...
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Acoustic Guitar tuning key

My acoustic guitar's one of tuning keys gear teeth got broken while tuning (G string).Here's a image. What can I do t fix it?
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Changing the guitar tuning frequently

I own a very high end Ernie Ball electric guitar. Usually I have it tuned in standard tuning but there are many songs I want to play that require lower tuning such as drop Eb or even drop D. I wonder ...
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Why do old russian guitar songs sound out of tune?

I'm not actually 100% sure these are out of tune, but they sound out of tune to me. Here are some examples on YouTube: Example 1 (1943) Example 2 New example 2 (1970) Example 3 It's a bit harder to ...
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How do musicians perceive differences in tuning systems?

I understand generally interval tunings can be perceived through the "beating" phenomena. But that seems to be something that can only be heard in a testing context. Like playing two sine waves in a ...
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Safest Place For My Oud!

quick question, can i keep my Oud in the basement? i live in Chicago and it gets little cold here in the winter. i was told that the humid will ruin the wood of the Oud, which it makes sense to me, ...
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String Off Tune

I just got an Arabic Oud, I recently notice that my 5th string is off tune when I tune the string. That would be in the 3rd course. I decided to put some small piece of paper under by where it touches ...
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Exact pitch of blues scale notes

Wikipedia gives multiple candidate definitions for the blues scale. A musician showed me how to play blues e.g. in C by smudging say Eb and E. The actual note lies somewhere between. But where? ...
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Tuning the nyatiti

What is the standard tuning for an 8-string Nyatiti? I've tried searching in Google but haven't found anything. I wonder if there are different tunings in different regions.
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Tuning a Guitar 1/4 Step Sharp

I recently purchased a copy of Hal Leonard's book "The Beatles:Please Please Me" (Guitar Recorded Version). Several of the songs in the book have the note "Recording sounds 1/4 step sharp". I know ...
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Do all tuning systems involving dividing the octave?

Four commonly referenced Western tuning systems are Pythagorean tuning, just intonation, equal temperament, and meantone temperament. From Music, Language, and the Brain, I recently learned there ...
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Tuning Arabic (Syrian Oud)

I bought a new Oud (11 strings). It has been a week and still I can't get it tuned. Does anyone know how to tune it? I was told it should be tuned this way: (C F A d g c), but I don't know what big ...
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How far to de-tune an orchestra to match the BBC World Service pips (beeps)?

The BBC World Service Radio pips (or beeps) are an iconic aspect of the radio program broadcast around the planet by shortwave radio as well as the internet now. The 2 minute podcast A brand new sound ...
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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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Does using a capo put you out of tune?

i just want to ask if using a capo affects the tuning of the strings. I bought my first capo and I played my guitar with the capo on all day long. When I removed the capo, I played another song and it ...
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Why does this tonal scale from 1737 have both F and E♯?

I've recently encountered Jean Féry-Rebel's "Les Élémens". (Check out that wild opening; it's hard to believe it was written in 1737!) In the fifth measure of the third staff, why does this ...
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Difficulty tuning with strobe tuner

I recently started using Peterson’s iStroboSoft strobe tuner app to tune my guitars, and I'm running into a couple of common problems, especially when tuning my Fender Standard Precision Bass. I’ll ...
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Tuning a 12 string guitar [closed]

I recently acquired a 12 string guitar. What kind of strings should I get so the octave higher strings won't break? My electronic tuner is made for a 6 string guitar. Is there a special guitar ...
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How to tune the flute by ear

Please, I would like to ask you for an advice: I have big trouble to tune my flute by ear -e.g with the piano before playing the piece,my teacher always tells me whether am I flat or sharp. And I just ...
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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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Thinking about buying a grand piano

I am looking at a older Knabe concert grand which was "totally rebuilt" about 20 years ago. My concern is it has not been tuned in 15 years and the seller is reluctant to have a tuner come in. I ...
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What’s that U shaped metal thing needed for tuning called?

There is this metal thing shaped as a 'U'; you hit it against something and put it against your ear to hear this sound. I'm not sure what it's called but I need it to tune the A string on my violin.
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Guitar is not tuning right

I have a guitar and I love it, and then I broke a string. I fixed it and I am positive I used the right string, I triple checked! But now about a month and a half later, I was tuning my guitar, and ...
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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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Tuning hierarchy for orchestras

Several recent questions have been about tuning. Often an orchestra will tune to the oboe. One reason for this is that oboes are the only instruments that cannot be tuned. 1. What if the oboe was ...
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Tuning resonnator in open g

I have been playing guitar for a couple of years and recently acquire a metal Dobro for slide. I have put new strings on it and I'm a bit worry about the tuning. The strings are quite heavier gauge ...
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Can I use a thicker 6th string with other thinner strings

The sixth string on my electric guitar is very loose when I use drop D tuning, but I really like the feel of the thinner strings otherwise- and I play as much in standard tuning. Would it work to ...
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Should I replace rusty tuner pegs on guitar?

I am using my father's guitar, and it's pretty old, at least 25 years, or more. The tuner pegs are rusty. I sent my guitar to a music shop weeks ago, and he helped me to restring already. Later on, ...
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How can I effectively secure guitar strings to the tuning pegs?

One of the bigger problems I face when restringing my guitars is properly securing the strings to the pegs. How should I wind the strings around the pegs before tightening them to prevent the string ...
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are 2 enharmonic notes really the same note?

Because we use equal temperament tuning as opposed to pythagorean tuning or just tuning are two enharmonic notes aka G1 and G2 or C5 and C4 really the same note? or is one them off by a few ...
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Theory confusion [closed]

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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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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