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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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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How do you call this tuning?

I've retranscribed a piece of music whose original transcription was made around 1800 during Napoleon's Egypt expedition. The original transcriber describes the following tuning, for the Arabic Rast ...
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Truss rod adjustments after changing strings from 9-48 to 12-60

I bought a used guitar ESP LTD viper-400. This guitar has always been set up to Standard E-tuning with 9-48 strings. But I want to change strings to 10-60 and tune guitar to Drop A or Drop B. The ...
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How to tune a ukulele to compensate for intonation issues

I'm just starting out on the ukulele coming from a guitar background. Compared to the guitar, the intonation isn't great, and from everything I've read, the shorter neck means that's the nature of the ...
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Guitar - Do you have to intonate based on your tuning?

Do I have to re-intonate the guitar when I change the tuning?
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do older ears with diminished hearing have a problem distinguishing intonation on guitar strings

I have changed strings, corrected neck relief etc, on my Les Paul and tuned and checked intonation using a Peterson strobe tuner, but when I play I'm hearing strings out of tune and intonation ...
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High End Guitars - Open string in tune - Fretted string not

I have 3 high end guitars. 2 Gibson's, SG and 335 1 Taylor 528-e Each of these guitars cost thousands. The SG and the Taylor - I have had for a few years - and have been professionally set up ...
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Drum tuning/timbre?

How integral to the harmony of the music is the tuning/timbre of the drum-set? It must be more aesthetically pleasing, even on a subconscious level, to have the drums tuned somewhere in the vicinity ...
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How to remember high E on Guitar for tuning

I've always had trouble tuning my guitar without a tuner, I try to sing a high E but end up on either C or D. Though when i hear the note E i can repeat it.
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Control Humidity

I play violin in my school's orchestra and that requires me to bring my violin back and forth between my house and school, which exposes it to harsh temperatures and drastic differences in humidity as ...
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What are some of the alternate tunings of a modern piano?

Modern Pianos are tuned to equal temperament at A440. Are there other prominent alternate tunings used in art music or popular music? I'm accepting that historical reproductions will tune the A to 430 ...
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Guitar tuning with digital tuner

I am trying to tune my Washburn acoustic using a Stagg T-UC digital tuner, could use some help please Manual for my tuner can be found here: http://www.globalcube.net/clients/staggmusicv2/content/...
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Bring an old piano up to pitch?

I have an old Hardman upright piano that's approaching 135 years of age. It's in decent shape considering, but is about 3 semitones flat. Is it even possible to get this old girl back to concert ...
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New Tuners Needed for LP Deluxe?

I have a 1978 LP Deluxe with old Grover enclosed, non-locking, non-original tuners. The G string goes out of tune quickly and the tuner does not feel right to the touch. You do 1/4 to 1/2 a turn and ...
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When tuning piano, is it important to tune the notes that are not played?

Take a hypothetical example. If I only use the middle two octaves in the piano for some piece, would the piano sound badly if some of the keys in the other octaves are out of tune. Or would the ...
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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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On Tuning: What's in a Temperament? (Well-Temperament vs. Equal Temperament)

I just had my whole world shattered this morning when I was unwise enough to do a "quick" Google search on what exactly "equal temperament" means before I had started my work. Of course, the loudest ...
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How can I determine the diameter of my piano's tuning pins?

I have an upright Baldwin 88-key piano ("Style No. 2056A") that was made in 1991. How can I determine the diameter of the tuning pins (so I can use the corresponding tuning tip)? I took photos of ...
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Naming notes in non 12-TET tunings?

Note nomenclature is well-defined for 12-tone equal tempered tunings, e.g. English notation vs German notation, etc. My question is: how is it possible to reliably name notes when using different ...
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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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Piano lost its brightness after a tuning + repair

I got my piano tuned today, and a couple of the keys fixed as well (one key wouldn't play if hit softly). Before the tuning, it had a very bright sound. After, it is mellower. I don't think he ...
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How to develop a proper trumpet embochure: Tuning and range

I recently started playing the trumpet, and I am struggling with the upper range, but what concerns me even more than that is that my notes in the range I mostly control are out of tune. In general ...
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Can I just tune my guitar how ever I like?

I wrote a song, and have a guitar I never got to using, and I decided to write a guitar part to the song. The thing is, I know what intervals and harmonies sound good so I just got my guitar out, and ...
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Guitar Tuning in Tux Guitar - For Dummies (Drummers)

Can anyone help me out with Tuning in Tux Guitar? I'm a drummer and can write a rythme for guitar parts but cannot for the life of me figure out the correct way to tune to Drop C straight from ...
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Truss rod adjustments and tuning

I'm setting up my guitar and I am about to adjust my truss rod. I heard to tune the guitar first but what tuning? I typically play tuned down a step and a half. Should I tune my guitar to that setting ...
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What kind of logarithmic function will translate Play Speed to Octave Change?

I'm using a music speed changer to slow down given music to determine the exact the notes used so I can play the same notes (by ear) on my instrument of choice. If this were a traditional tape or ...
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Moving a grand piano 2 meters

I currently have a grand piano on a stage and was wanting to move it 2 (or so) meters back to make more room on the stage for an upcoming concert where it will not be used. I was wondering if I will ...
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Tuning and the aria, Hell's Vengeance, was the triple F lower?

In the famous aria from The Magic Flute, Hell's Vengeance sung by the Queen of the Night, there is a notoriously high triple F (Fa5). I have heard that in Mozart's time the note was sung lower than ...
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Can my 4 year old guitar still be tuned?

4 years ago I wanted to play the guitar, so I tried to learn it. I gave up pretty soon and the guitar has been pretty much untouched ever since. Now I want to try again! So my question is: Can i still ...
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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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Fixing a note on my guitar

I'm tuning my guitar and the second string is playing a D, should I loosen it or tighten it in order to get it to the right note?
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How to quickly adapt to p4 tuning

I have been experimenting with the all fourth guitar tuning for a few days and I really like it. I am no advanced player but really like the fact that the same fingering always produces the same ...
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Tuning a 38 inch Guitar

Should I tune a 38 inch guitar same as a standard 41 inch guitar (i.e. E A D G B E) or some other way? Another thing, I have dots on frets 5, 7, and 9 only. Is it normal? Asking since standard guitars ...
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weird intonation problem on the highest string

i just changed my strings for the first time in about 8 months (really long time. i know) and the highest string is not intonating properly. at the 12th fret the string is flat but at the 24th the ...
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Is it normal for an Oud/Lute not keeping in tune?

I just bought a 12 string oud/lute from Egypt, and I'm having some problems with its tuning. Sometimes when I twist the tuning peg to get in tuning, it releases suddenly and drops the tuning all the ...
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open tunings for bass?

Long time bass [hack] player, also play a little bit of guitar, working on learning some music theory to expand my understanding of the mechanics of creating music. I'm curious about open tunings on ...
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Changing electric guitar tuning heads

I have a Cort Sunset 2 electric guitar. It's a Les Paul-ish style guitar. Specs here: www.cortguitars.com/uk/product/sunset-2 I'd like to change the tuning heads to better quality ones, preferably ...
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Score for orchestra tuning

I was talking this monring about Cage's 4:33 and I mentioned that I'd love to see a score for an orchestra tuning. It's one of the most recognisable sounds in concerts and has many distinctive musical ...
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Piano no damping after transport?

I recently received a 100 years old baby grand piano, which does not have any damping, that is, the dampers don't touch the strings even with no pedal being pressed and when I play a tone it just ...
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2nd and 3rd frets on G string are a bit higher

Just noticed that notes on 2nd and 3rd frets on G string are a bit higher, while starting from 4th frets are okay. It was ok sometime ago. What could be the reason? Frets themselves seem fine.
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While tuning guitar, 1st string coming as 2nd string on tuner ? What do I do?

While tuning guitar, 1st string coming as 2nd string on tuner ? What do I do ? Happening for the first time.
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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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Why is a tenor banjo typically tuned in fifths?

I have two tenor banjos both tuned in "Chicago tuning", DGBE, that is, like the four highest-pitched strings of the guitar. I am told, and I see from research on Teh Internetz that this is unusual. ...
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One string on banjo not tuning properly

My Banjo is fair to good quality and strings 1, 2, 3, and 5 all go up 1/2 step per fret as they are supposed to. The 4th string is tuned to D and I tune it quite flat and it doesn't go up 1/2 step, it ...
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My guitar gets out of tune after 1 minute

My new guitar strings sound nice, but they get out of tune after 1 minute !! Specifically, the 1st and 2nd (thinnest) strings get out of tune more than the other strings. And there was no problem of ...
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Second hand piano is out of tune by a whole tone

I just recently bought an acoustic piano. Sounded really good when we tested it out at seller's place. Now after playing a bit the keys sound off by one note (middle c would sound like d, d sounds ...
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Is it possible to tune guitar down an octave?(or to f#?)

As the time goes, I see new bands using lower and lower tuning. For example if my memory serves me right, Torsof*ck uses octave down, band called Batushka uses f# tuning. How are they doing this? Don'...
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Tuning of Accidentals & Scales

In his Book Basics, Simon Fischer wrote in a footnote that: The exact tuning of a sharp or a flat depends on the key, style and character of the music. For example, Bb as the tonic of Bb Major is ...
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Best guitar alternate tuning to start with when playing one's own music

Let's say (or at least pretend) I am learning guitar for the first time and only want to play my own music, the music I have in my head. What kind of tuning should I use to start with? Is there a ...
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Slide guitar tuning

What open tuning for slide guitar would cause the least tension on my old guitar? I got a really cool parlour guitar from the 1930's. I realize it is old and bridge is fragile. I am reinforcing some ...

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