Tuning    12:28 on Saturday, January 30, 2010          

(5 points)
Posted by Tootsiepop21

Is there any trick to tuning by memory ? I try to memorize the pitches but it doesn't help. I keep on forgetting their exact sounds. Plz help

Re: Tuning    04:14 on Tuesday, February 02, 2010          

(32 points)
Posted by mr_violin

My violin teacher could get it right every time. She played the violin at lest 4 hours every day though.
Just work on the A string. Tune all the strings to that one.(You mint know that, but for others to know too.) It takes lots of time to get use to doing it that way.

I just use an electronic tuner now.

Re: Tuning    17:33 on Tuesday, February 02, 2010          

(5 points)
Posted by Tootsiepop21

i have an electronic tuner but it's always a little bit off. ( how do u tune the D string to the A string ?)

Re: Tuning    20:02 on Wednesday, February 03, 2010          

(32 points)
Posted by mr_violin

The 4th finger on the D string should be the same as the open A string. Then is you play the open D and open A together at the same time. That should made a smooth sound.

get used to how that sounds.

All the other strings can be tund the same way. The 4th finger on the G is the same D as the open D string. The 4th finger on the A string is the same E as the open E string.

If it is tuned right any 2 open strings played together should have that nice smooth sound.
You have to get used to hw that sound should be.

Re: Tuning    10:03 on Thursday, February 04, 2010          

(5 points)
Posted by Tootsiepop21

thank you that helps alot

Re: Tuning    00:47 on Sunday, February 21, 2010          

(91 points)
Posted by asc111

well what i do is i hum to the notes of the paino. so when i tune violin i just hum the notes.

Re: Tuning    14:31 on Tuesday, April 20, 2010          

(1 point)
Posted by kstyle281

Tune the A, then play a and d together, memorize that sound, then d and g together, then e by itself

Re: Tuning    16:33 on Tuesday, April 20, 2010          

(5 points)
Posted by Tootsiepop21

sometimes i thought i got the notes right, but then my teacher had to fix it

Re: Tuning    07:31 on Saturday, June 05, 2010          

(8 points)
Posted by fiddleboy96

dont worry, and don't rush it! as a musician your ears will fully develop after playing for two to four years. do you know if you have perfect pitch? because if not, tuning will be a little more challenging, but still fully possible. hang in there! best of music!

Re: Tuning    19:03 on Tuesday, June 08, 2010          

(8 points)
Posted by vinhviolinist

There's only one man that I know of that really does have perfect pitch.


Rainer Mehne, who I worked with from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Just use a tuner and be glad that you don't have perfect pitch. He says it's really annoying when he's listening to music and can tell that they're out of tune.

It's possible to achieve perfect pitch. You could always set aside time before or after practicing and really focus listening to your turner. Capture the pitch. Take a break and test your pitch again to see if it matches. Anything's possible. Rainer proved it. It's more about determination than "some people have it and some people don't".

Re: Tuning    01:51 on Tuesday, July 13, 2010          

(68 points)
Posted by dante9002001

To achieve a great ear for tuning takes practice, it's not really something that can be achieved over night as you may of concluded already.

This is my routine for tuning the instrument.

First off you don't want to use a tuner for all the strings, just your A. Use whatever means to get your A string in tune and then from there we tune the rest.

Play your A and D string together and listen for a wave, if you hear it then these strings aren't in sync with each other. Continue playing both strings together while tuning the D string until both strings are in sync and you can't hear the wave anymore. Then When that's done do the same with the D and G strings.

A and E are last and this should be the easiest to do.

Once that's done check your A string again as messing with the peg box tends to mess with the tuning of all the strings. It's a viscous circle. If you use fine tuners then it shouldn't be a problem.

If you use a tuner for all the strings they won't be in tune with each other, doing this chord exercise makes sure all your strings are in tune with each other. Otherwise your finger placements will be incorrect.


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