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    Zen-Mouse
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    I remember that you said it is common for the violin to come out of tune. Being a beginner I have no idea what it is supposed to sound like in tune and what it sounds like out of tune. Any advice on knowing how to tell and how to tune?

    #2955 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Do you have an electronic tuner?

    I do not have an ear for tuning (although it is getting easier to tell when it is not in tune) … I use the electronic tuner to let me know it is in tune.

    I use these two tuners to tune my violin

    Snark SN-5 Tuner for Guitar, Bass and Violin

    D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner

    You can also download free ones to your smart phone.

    #3849 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    So I’m trying to tune the violin I have here…it only has a fine tuner for the E string….I’m used to tuning all my strings with a fine tuner! HELP! 🙂 I can’t seem to get it in tune…I always push too far sharp, then too far flat – what’s the secret! 🙂

    #3965 Reply

    Yinmui
    Participant

    I am just starting to tune my violin by ears. And I must say some day I have a good ears (I can tune correctly), and some day I don’t.

    #4052 Reply

    Belinda
    Participant

    First off I tune the strings to my tuner and then I play a scale or twinkle twinkle little star on the G and D strings..then the A and E strings… if it doesn’t sound like twinkle twinkle then I check the strings again. That’s helped me in the past…

    #4054 Reply

    Meg
    Participant

    Here’s a trick I learned for tuning. First get a good A. Then, if you put your 3rd finger on the E string which is the note A, and play the open A string, they will be an octave apart and should sound the same. You can tune each string this way: 3rd finger on A string is D and play with open D. 3rd finger on D string is G and play with open G.

    #4055 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    Thanks for the answers – I guess my question is more how to control the peg while tuning…it seems to go too far one way or the other…maybe I need to get more fine tuners installed..that seems to work best for me! 🙂

    #4063 Reply

    Yinmui
    Participant

    Maybe you just need a smoother turning pegs. I learned to tune when my teacher tuned for me. She would turn the peg slightly sharper, then turn it back to flatter. If it makes sense to you. Try some peg compound, it will make turning the pegs up and down easier.

    #4064 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    Thank you Yinmui – I never heard of peg compound…I’ll look for it!

    #15968 Reply

    Priscilla Gaskins
    Participant

    Margeretellen- my luthier put some professionel pegs on my last violin-cost $100 but was worth it- I had told him I had a hard time turning pegs because of some arthritis in my hand-the professional pegs are so easy to turn!

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