Reference Tones Sources for Violin Tuning
Economical Ways to Generate
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.
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.
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
Pitch pipes are available for violin/viola and cello.
You may purchase these items by clicking here.
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
here. Just make sure you keep an extra set of batteries
A Complete Violin Tuning
Page 1: Introduction
to Violin Tuning
A snapshot view on tuning violins, the process, it's problems
2: Tuning a Violin - Avoiding the Bridge Snap -
The most important thing to check before you tune a violin.
Prevent damage to your violin and optimize the sound...Read
Page 3: Tune
a VIolin - Problems with Violin Pegs -
Important notes on peg problems and setting them up for
Page 4: Online Violin
Tuner - Understanding Reference Tones
A neat online violin tuner and experiments you can try with
an online piano tuner...Read
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
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
OTHER HELPFUL VIOLIN TUNING INFORMATION
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
to Tune a Violin Using Only Pegs
Photos illustrating how advanced violinists may use only
their left hand and fingers to tune violins...Read
Installing and Using Fine Tuning Pegs Coming
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
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
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