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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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 anyway, could this be achieved with the standard set of unwounded ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Saxophone upper register adjustment

As is common for a lot of instruments from the saxophone family, the upper register (notes played with the octave key pressed) on mine is a bit high (by about 10-15 cents). I practise a lot with a ...
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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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Should you play baroque pieces a semitone lower?

I haven't really been able to find an answer to this question. I've only noticed that most instruments during the baroque period were tuned a semitone lower (A=415 Hz I believe). So shouldn't it make ...
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Tuning G3 string to A3 guitar

I have been playing along with a couple of Pavement songs which are in DADABE tuning, so that the G string has to be tuned one tone higher to an A. It has happened to me in the past to do something ...
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Is it "safe" to use a capo on every string but the E?

I've tried playing in drop D to play a song with a lower D chord that the one you can do with standard tuning, and it has pros and cons. One of the cons is that the E string take some time to stay in ...
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How did John Lennon tune his guitar

From the Wikipedia page on the quarrymen: The Quarrymen. Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, taught her son to play the banjo and then showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars in a ...
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A system to tune sympathetic strings for Western music

I've just got an EHX Ravish pedal and so I'm exploring the sympathetic string function. For standard Western, meantone temperament: diatonic or modal, major or minor melodies what are good rules for ...
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De-tuning on a new floyd rose setup

I just bought my first guitar with a Floyd Rose system and I absolutely love it. Now when I tuned it all up, and do some dives with the bar, and let it come back, my strings are all de-tuned a small ...
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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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Marching Band Piccolo Tuning

As many piccolo players know, tuning can be a wreck on piccolos. I play piccolo just for my high school’s marching band and I’ve always have had tuning problems even when I got a new one. I thought it ...
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How can I develop highly accurate intonation/tuning without perfect pitch? [duplicate]

I've been reading a bunch of things violinists write and a good portion of them seem to contradict themselves. At this point I'm starting to get really frustrated, so I could really, really use some ...
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Scaling an object to change its key

I used a 3D Printer to make a kid's Recorder for my son. It plays surprisingly well. However, it's not tuned to match the common recorder used in schools. Using a phone-app tuner, the base mouth-piece ...
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Does just intonation work for any given key, or is it impractical even for a work in a single key?

According to my understanding any non-chorded instrument, like a string instrument or horn, can use a just intonation, so the problem only arises with chorded instruments like pianos. So, for example, ...
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Do pegs for stringed instruments require holes?

We bought some new pegs for a cello but they came without holes. As a result, it seems impossible to tighten the strings as they keep slipping. But there must be some use for pegs without holes, ...

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