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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How high can I tune my G string without it breaking?

I've been learning this bass solo by Jean Baudin. And he has an 11 string bass. I have a 4 string. Only at a few parts in the song, he plays notes higher than my highest F on the G string. So my ...
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Fretted notes consistantly ~10cents sharp across the fretboard compared to open

I have a baritone ukulele, which is basically a classical nylon-string guitar except missing the 2 bass strings. I've noticed when I tune I can either have fretted notes in tune or open notes in tune ...
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Why are some/most B♭-clarinets tuned to A=442 Hz?

I want to buy a B♭-clarinet, but I don't know a lot about clarinets. I noticed that most clarinets are tuned to A=442Hz, while more expensive clarinets sometimes can be found with A=440Hz. I don't ...
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Pop-like creak while tuning strings

I have a Behringer iAxe 393 strat clone. I recently adjusted the truss rod to fix some frett buzzing. Ever since, when tightening or loosening the strings while tuning, I sometimes get a creaking pop ...
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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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Difficulty tuning in Drop D

I went to a guitar shop yesterday to buy a new set of strings and had them replace my old ones. The guitar sounds fine like the usual eadgbe sound but when I tried tuning it to drop D using a guitar ...
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Reference tuning pitch

I was having problems with my bass guitars, fender JB and P bass and an epiphone viola. After several trips to my local music store, the instruments were checked and I was told they were in tune. ...
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When would you want to play with guitars out of the same tuning?

I've been a drummer for 30 years, and have played with countless other musicians, most of them string players. I will notice when playing with multiple guitarists, or a guitarist and a bassist, that ...
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B-string on guitar more easily out of tune?

I'm very sensitive to out-of-tune notes which make my skin crawl and may ruin my enjoyment of otherwise perfectly fine gigs. At first I thought something was wrong with my ears, since other people ...
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Adjusting a string saddle back, making the string longer, reduce sharpness or increase it?

When adjusting a string saddle and moving it back, making the string effectively longer, does that decrease the sharpness or increase it??
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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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How can I tune a saxophone or other transposing instrument using a piano? [duplicate]

I am new to sax, but was a B♭ clarinet player in high-school band (years ago); now I play some guitar and piano. I just got an inexpensive soprano sax (Mendini). Since it is a B♭ instrument, help me ...
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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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Do I need to be concerned with drum tuning when using drum samples?

I'm starting to get into writing and recording some music and am using synthesized drums for the time being. Do I need to be selecting samples based off drum tuning at all? For example, if I'm writing ...
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Why are we told to hold keys down while tuning?

While I tune my Tuba, on multiple occasions my sectional coach has called my section out becuase we do not hold down the keys aligned to the tunning slides of the key we are tuning. Is there a reason ...
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How does the tuning differ between a concert and soprano ukulele?

I am getting a new concert ukulele and I was wondering whether the tuning is different for a concert? is it still GCEA? or is there a better sounding tuning than soprano standard?
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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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G string not staying in tune

I have an Epiphone ES-339. When I tune it, the strings sound fine, then when begin to play a song, the G string sounds out of tune. I only have an issue with that one string and all of them are brand ...
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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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How can I prevent loss of tuning when changing strings set from 0.11 to 0.12?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and it's tuned in standard C and my playing style is mostly Desert Rock. I'm using a set of 0.12 strings and considering changing to a 0.11 set to have less tension ...
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Is this music (flow my tears) here being played in 31 TET or a form of renaissance unequal temperament such as quarter comma meantone?

While looking for 31TET music I stumbled across this recording of "flow my tears" my John Dowland The video description and the album artwork indicate that it's ...
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Why is A=442 the common tuning for percussion instruments?

When looking at percussion instruments, I noticed that the default tuning for most companies is A=442 for tuned percussion (vibes, marimba, tubular bells, etc…). I wonder if there is a reason for ...
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The details behind proper string slack for new strings

So this question covers string instruments with tuning pegs (eg. guitars, bass guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, etc). When you are installing a new string and you pull it tight for the first time, you ...
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How should I tune my Norwegian-styled hardanger fiddle to play the tune called 'Fanitullen'['The Devil's Tune']?

I recently bought a 9 string, Norwegian-styled Hardanger fiddle. I want to learn to play the traditioinal Norwegian tune called 'Fanitullen ['The Devil's Tune']. Can someone tell how to tune this ...
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Harmonic series in the orchestra settings

In an orchestra scenario, under what circumstances, when the piano and violins are tuned to 440Hz (as shown on the tuner) together, will the harmonic series between the two differs and make the sound ...
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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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Banjolele tuning and string tension

I just got a banjolele as a gift. I've played uke for years, so I assumed tuning it would be a breeze, but it has not been! It's concert sized, and I've been tuning it to GCEA. If I tune it to the ...
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String gauge, scale, and tuning relationship? (Guitar in particular)

Does anyone have general guidance or a good resource on this, specifically considering scale length, string tension, string gauge, and tuning? I've found loads of anecdotal research and a even few ...
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Acoustic guitar's bridge had come off while tuning

I was trying to tune(standard tuning) my acoustic guitar with a digital tuner that captures the playing through a microphone and shows the note/frequency played on its LED screen. I was completely ...
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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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What does a capo really do to chords?

Practically, a capo will shift each string by a half tone per position, but what does it do to the intervals they produce with each other? My shot is that e.g. * without capo if we fret the simplest ...
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Why do we need tempered tuning?

It's known that on a piano, no note is perfectly in-tune because of equal temperament tuning. However, I'm confused why we need this special tuning. Can't we just tighten each string on the piano so ...
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What's the best way to tune a guitar to play with an out of tune piano?

The local village church has a playable, but not especially in-tune, piano. I'm going to be playing guitar alongside this and wondered what the best approach is for my tuning?
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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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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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Piano - Why Tune Remaining Strings By Ear?

This website http://piano.detwiler.us/ says to tune one string using the chromatic tuner, then tune the remaining one or two strings by ear, and tune octaves by ear. Why should this be done? If my ...
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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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What would the guitar sound like if I used only strings of the same weight?

The thickness of the strings on a guitar are different. If I had the thickness of one type only, could I tune the guitar appropriately still? And how would it sound? Would it sound just bland? (...
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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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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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Should I fix the bridge on this guitar?

This is a guitar from 1950's or 60's that I recently got refurbished, but now I still have the problem of it going relatively quickly out of tune. It has a movable bridge, and I think this is the ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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Practicing pitch on trumpet

TLDR: Is there any way to practice hitting notes on correct pitch on the trumpet ? I got back into playing the trumpet two months ago after a nine-year break. I'm playing in a concert band (2 in ...
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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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Piano tuning- tuning pin is far too small for tuning lever

I wanted to learn to tune a piano by myself, and bought a relatively cheap size #2 star tuning lever (~$40) for the job. The tuning pins are far too small for my lever. I am looking for either a ...
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Guitar setup for which tuning?

I play songs by breaking benjamin and other rock and metal bands which are in low tunings like drop C but i also play in standard when i play for church. I want to get a new acoustic but im unsure ...
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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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Tuning a Strat a whole step down

I'd like to tune a Strat a whole step down, and I was wondering what gauge of strings I should use to get the same tension that I get in normal tuning with .010 strings. Cheers
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When do I know when to tune my piano?

I haven't tuned my piano in a while, even though the seller said it would have to be tuned once a year. It is at least 5 years old. How do I know when the piano needs tuning? I use it very often (...
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Piano Tuning: How accurate is ±0.5 cents?

A tuner accuracy is ±0.5 cent. Does that mean that it is highly sensitive or just decently sensitive for pitch accuracy?