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Reference Tones Sources for Violin Tuning

Economical Ways to Generate Reference Tones

These days it is a simple matter to carry reference tones or any sound references with you while travelling on the road. You can even record all the sounds you want on your blackberry, cellphone, MP3 player or any other mobile recording device thanks to todays technological advances. If you have access to the internet from any of these devices visit our online violin tuner.

Below are a couple of mechanical and older, conventional reference tone generators that have been used for years by musicians. The advantage of these is that you'll never have to worry about the battery power running out. They are also very small, compact and can easily be stored away in your violin case.


The Tuning Fork (by Wittner)

A very low cost way of generating 440Hz sound for the violin open A string. It is great if you have good hearing and are able to tune the other open strings G, D and E relative to it.

Simply knock the prongs of the fork on your knee or any relatively hard surface like the floor, and then stand the fork's ball end handle upon any hard surface like a wooden table.

There are different sizes. Generally the larger the size, the longer and louder it vibrates.

Super-Sensitive Pitch Pipe

Another low cost solution that will generate all four reference tones for violin open G, D, A and E. Simply blow into any of the four pipes the hear the reference.

Pitch pipes are available for violin/viola and cello.



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Other Sources

Essentially sources for reference tones are either non-electronic or electronic. Other non-electronic sources are not worth the money (at least the ones I am familiar with).

Electronic devices for generating reference tones (called pitch generators) are great if you would like other built-in features such as metronome and pitch detection (some devices only). The metronome helps you to play your music in time and in regular beat. The pitch detection feature trains your intonation. For a couple examples of these worthwile devices click here. Just make sure you keep an extra set of batteries around.

A Complete Violin Tuning Guide

Page 1: Introduction to Violin Tuning
A snapshot view on tuning violins, the process, it's problems and solutions...Read more

Page 2: Tuning a Violin - Avoiding the Bridge Snap - IMPORTANT
The most important thing to check before you tune a violin. Prevent damage to your violin and optimize the sound...Read more

Page 3: Tune a VIolin - Problems with Violin Pegs - IMPORTANT
Important notes on peg problems and setting them up for optimal tuning....Read more

Page 4: Online Violin Tuner - Understanding Reference Tones
A neat online violin tuner and experiments you can try with an online piano tuner...Read more

Page 5: Installing and Using Violin Fine Tuners
Once you have brought the pitch of your violin strings most of the way towards the reference tones by using pegs, there are a number of low-cost fine tuner parts you can add to your instrument...Read more

Page 6: Fine Tuning Violins with Digital Tuners
Although there are many digital tuners on the market, there is one quite amazing digital tuner in particular, that will help you with your intonation while playing...Read more


Fine Tuning a Violin Without Fine Tuners
These fine tuning techniques are used by advanced violinists which you can use if you do not have any problems discerning pitch differences...Read more

How to Tune a Violin Using Only Pegs
Photos illustrating how advanced violinists may use only their left hand and fingers to tune violins...Read more

Installing and Using Fine Tuning Pegs Coming Soon
No more wrestling back and forth with your pegs! These neat set of pegs will help you fine tune your violin EASILY!.

A Review of Pusch Tailpieces with built-in Fine Tuners Coming Soon
Have a good look at the built-in fine tuners that come with these tailpieces. The two advantages of these tailpieces

Installing and Using the Light-Weight Carbon Fiber Tuners by Bogaro and Clemente Coming Soon
Don't want to add weight to the tailpiece or change the string length, and don't want to spend so much for fine tuning pegs, then these specially made carbon fiber tailpiece fine tuners


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