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Violin tuning help (4A?)?

I seriously doubt that your e could be tuned to e1 and your a to a2 and your tuner be able to hear those low pitches on those strings, they would hardly have any sound. And the proper tuning is

Violin Tuning - G3(196 Hz), D4 (293.8), A4,(440 Hz), E5(659.3 Hz).

Assuming you have the correct strings on the correct pegs, you are doing something wrong. I have no idea what you mean by "normal notes", the violin has the same normal notes as the guitar, and more normal tuning as they are all 5ths apart.

If you get one correct, you can always use the fifths to compare to and adjust accordingly, just like when you tune a guitar, albeit different intervals.

It sounds like it is time for a teacher.

Tuning A Violin, Help?

I would really like to start lessons with little kids.
But the problem is.. I cant tune!!
Im scared to death the string will break :l
And i have no piano to tune to
But i do have a tuner, but its really weird. = /
Its tunes wrong/weird.
Ive been playing violin since 4th grade (7 years; 16 years old)
Any tips on how to move on from my fear?

Need help tuning violin?

violins tune to a 440 A. They make tuning forks for that Pitch. Other than that it's difficult unless you can hum an A. But each string is a Perfect Fifth apart (hum the beginning of Twinkle Twinkle and that is a P5 interval). The strings are from left to right when in playing position G,D,A,E. Hope that helps!

Violin tuning Problems?

I just got my violin this afternoon and I started playing on it. I rosined it really good before I started playing, but when I played it sounded like a drill. I turned the tuning thing at the top of the violin by the scroll and it would work for a while and then go back to being the drill again. In the end, I ended up playing by making my brother hold the tuning thingy. I was wondering if there was anyway I could keep it from not doing that anymore. (Also, I broke my E string if that matters.)

My tuning peg on my violin won't turn?

DON'T force it whatever you do. Here are some reasons that pegs stick.

A. The dryness or high humidity in the air has caused the wood to dry out or someone has applied something like rosin or chalk and the pegs have seized in the holes. The pegs need lubrication. Use Lava soap or Peg Dope, do not use liquids of any kind. Take it to a violin shop for repair.
B. Something has gotten on the pegs. Like a liquid which has swelled the wood and seized the two woods together. Again do not force. Clean off the peg and apply lubrication as above.
C. The string could be wrapped over itself too much or the bottom of the peg box is too close to the peg and the string is caught between the peg and the pegbox. Re-wrap the string so that it doesn't catch or have the violin shop open up the bottom of the peg box.

If you take a stuck peg into the violin shop, to fix it they will do the following. If you don't think that you can do this without damaging the instrument, take it to the violin shop for professional help. They will take a short dowel that is smaller in diameter then the small end of the peg. While holding the end of the dowel against the small end of the peg and supporting the scroll/neck in the hand, they will tap the dowel with a lightweight hammer to free the stuck peg.

After the peg is free, clean it off with a clean cloth or better yet very fine steel wool. Then lubricate the peg with peg dope or Lava soap so that after you turn the peg in the peg hole, there is a shiny ring all around the peg. If it slips then using a rag wipe some off. If the peg fits properly, then the lubrication will work.

Violin tuning help please?

What you wrote is correct, if it is too high, turn it left. If it is too low turn it right.

Right= raises the pitch
Left = lowers the pitch

Others have already wrote this, I am really writing to encourage you not to become frustrated, just keep trying until you get it. The more you practice tuning the easier it will become. And it is important for it to be tuned correctly so while you are practicing it will sound like it is supposed to, and your ears will develop and you will know how it is supposed to sound so you will know immediately if it is out of tune.

There are videos on youtube and other resources online that you can use to make sure you have the right pitch for the strings. I believe that tuning can be one of the frustrating things about learning how to play something, that is why I just wanted to encourage you not to become frustrated, but just keep trying.

sincerely, andrew

Can I get some tips or help with Viola and Violin tuning?

Since you’re in high school, you can learn this easily. Easiest way when you’re inexperienced is to sit down with the instrument standing on your lap, facing you. You’ll need the thumb of your free hand to pluck the strings while you’re tuning. If your fine tuners are maxed out from previous attempts, turn them back counterclockwise so they have some play and can help with the finishing touches later.First thing to know is that you turn pegs TOWARD the scroll to get the string higher, and AWAY from the scroll to make it lower.Second thing to know is that the peg is just a wooden dowel going through a hole and the string puts a lot of tension on it, so you must keep hold of it the entire time you are tuning.First, gently “crack” the peg (get it to move) by turning it toward yourself. Just a quarter turn should be sufficient - don’t overdo it.Once the peg is moving, start turning it upward toward the scroll while gently pressing it inward toward the peg box, until you reach the desired pitch. Constant plucking or bowing is required so you can tell when it has gotten there.With beautifully and properly fitted pegs this is quite simple, but with typical student instruments it can be a bit of a job.

How do you tune a violin using a piano?

Garrick's method works, but it's not the generally advisable way to tune with a piano.The reason is because tuning each string independently can lead to them being out of tune relative to each other. What is more important is that there is a perfect fifth between each of the strings (i.e. between E and A, between A and D, and between D and G). Traditionally, violinists tune the A string [1], and then tune the other strings relative to that A. As an example of how to do this, you play the A and D string at the same time, and then adjust the D string while still playing the A until the two notes form a perfect fifth. To tune the G string, you do the same thing but using the D and G strings, after having tuned the D to the A. How do you know when it's a perfect fifth? You hear it, through having trained your ear.For beginners who may not have developed an ear for what a perfect fifth sounds like, tuning note-by-note on a piano like Garrick describes is a workable solution. The better way is to just tune the A string to the piano and do the rest of the strings as described above. [2]If you really want to tune note-by-note, I would recommend using an electronic tuner instead. Acoustic pianos go out of tune too, so they aren't reliable! Plus, an electronic tuner usually has two modes: it can play a tone, or it can be silent and display whether your sound is sharp or flat relative to the desired tone, so you know which way to turn your pegs (or fine tuners) to adjust. I think this second mode is a useful tool for helping you develop an ear for the correct pitches.[1] I'm unsure why the A is used. But nowadays this A is the standard for tuning in an orchestra, so this tradition is not going to change anytime soon.[2] Perhaps due to the difference in timbre, it can be hard to tune to a piano by just hitting the "A." Many people choose to tune to an entire chord instead. The D minor chord is popular (D <-- F <-- A going down in pitch). Whatever chord you play, just make sure the "A" is the highest note.

Why is the E string on a violin tuned last?

We pretend that our tuning system works, but it only almost works. An octave is based on a 2:1 Hz ratio. If open A is 440 cycles per second, then A on the G is 220. A perfect 5th is 3:2, so E on the D is 330. If you start with the lowest note on the piano and double the frequency until you get to the top A on the piano, you will get a certain number. Start with the same low note, and do 3:2 5ths until you get to the top of the piano, and the number will be about a half step sharp. (A half step is 15:16). When tuning in 5ths, to make your music match the rest of the orchestra and/or piano, you will have to “squeeze” the fifths to make things work. Tune to a perfect plain-sounding 5th and then make the fifth a little smaller. This can be more of an issue on the viola and cello. When tuning my viola, I like to tune the A and the C against the piano, and then tune the D and G so that each 5th sounds the same amount off. In a quartet, I check my C against the cello C to make sure we both squeezed the same amount.

How do you tune a violin by ear?

If you have absolute or perfect pitch, you just know what the correct sound of each open string is. It’s a fairly rare gift though. Most people have relative pitch, meaning they know the correct sound of notes in relation to each other. For that, you have to get one of the strings to the right pitch with an external aid like a tuning fork, a tuning pipe, an electronic tuning device, or a piano keyboard. Then you can tune the other strings in relation to that one.The string used for this is the open A string. At concert pitch, A above middle C sounds at 440 Hz. Before a performance, the whole orchestra tunes with reference to that note, usually sounded by the concertmaster or the principal oboist.Violin strings are tuned in fifths. That means the correct sound of each string is the fifth note of a scale starting from the previous one and five notes down from the one above. For example, the correct sound of the E string is produced by the fourth finger in the first position on the A string.With practice, your ear will learn the correct sound of a fifth when the two notes are played together. If you bow the open A and E strings at the same time and you know the A is in tune but the interval sounds wrong, then the E needs adjusting up or down. Same with the A and D strings, and when you’ve got the D right, the D and G strings.When you’re starting out with the instrument, I suggest that you use a four-note tuner or a piano to get each string exactly right at the start of each practice session, and then play the open strings in pairs to teach your ear the correct sound of the intervals G-D, D-A, and A-E. After a while it will remember, and will know when one of them is wrong.When you’re tuning with the pegs, they should turn smoothly but securely in their holes. Take the string down a bit below its correct pitch and tune it up rather than tuning it down from above.