Violinist or people playing the violin, have many ways of tuning their own violin. Some by piano, others by phone, and some may even buy a digital tuner to help them. Tuning, for beginners, was thought of as a haunting task. In the past, tuning the violin was hard and possibly more complicated to learn how to tune the strings into correct frequency. Today there are many ways to tune a violin, making it easier for an individual or beginner to learn.
When tuning a violin, you should always tune using the fine tuners when possible (if it comes with it- most beginner and intermediate violins should have fine tuners). Using the fine tuners helps with loosening a string in a way that doesn’t snap it off the instrument. When the tuner has been wound right down to the end of the screw, loosen the tuner all the way before tightening with the tuning peg, this prevents the string from being over-tightened.
Start with your bow and continuously play the note and listen carefully to the string as it is tightened towards the desired pitch. If the violin has brand new strings it is best to slowey tune the violin, this will help with loosening the string and preventing a possible snap. It is advisable to start by tuning the A string first, followed by the D, G then E strings.
The Oldest Method of Tuning- The Piano
Using the Piano to tune the violin is one of the oldest known methods. The picture above shows the corresponding keys of a piano with the violin. A good reference point to start with is the “Middle C” so that you don’t tune your violin on an octave too low or high. Play the note that match the correct string, remember to use the fine tuners.
Tuning the violin using Apps
There are many apps now days that help with tuning. An app that I use, is the Soundcorest. It is a free App that easy to install. It is both a tuner and a metronome, and is used by many professional violinist. The review is a 4.4 out of 5 Stars. All you do is install the free app on you phone or tablet, play any string with the bow, and the App will tell you if you need to tune higher or lower.
Digital Violin Tuner
There many styles and types of violin tuners out there. A Tuner that I use (besides the Soundcorest) is the “D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner.” I mainly use this digital tuner to tune my own violin. It has a non-arring, lever-lock clamp that holds the tuner securely to the instrument. It’s Tri-color reversible backlit LCD screen makes it easy to tune in dark environments. Besides violins, it tunes violas. It has a cheap price of $14.99 with a review rating of 4.7 out 5 stars. I honestly will give it a 5 star.
All you do is: attach it to the end of the violin, near the fingerboard, face the screen towards you, play a string with your bow, tuner shows color and type of string played. There are three colors: red, yellow or orange, and green. Red means it is way out to tune, yellow or orange means it is almost in tune, and green means it is tuned. When you play the violin string, the color and the type of string (on the tuner) shows a green with one bar on each side of the letter, your violin is properly tuned. The image above shows a proper A string tune, and the picture below show how its attached to the violin.
Best Tuning Leads to Success
Knowing and learning how to tune an instrument is one of the first real achievements to knowing how to properly play any instrument. With proper sound, you can produce many kinds of music that could be soothing or even heart racing to many individuals. This will help you on your own journey to success, for with a proper tuned violin leads to success.