An Online Reference Tone Generator Tool
The following online violin tuner will enable you to hear
4 open strings of the violin: G ( lowest sounding and thickest
string), D, A and E (highest sounding and thinnest string).
There is also a piano keyboard below that you can simulate
violin tuning with - the piano being the most popular instrument
to sound reference tones for the violin.
An open string is a string that is played without
any fingers touching the strings. A. Reference note
is a single note that is sounded either by another tuned
instrument or a tuning device. It is the note that you hear
and want to tune a string to.
The first string that is tuned is typically the A string.
In fact, if you've ever heard an orchestra, all the instruments
tune to the A note coming from an oboe before a performance.
I have also labelled the pegs for beginners to learn identifying
which string belongs to which peg. Click on the yellow circles
below to hear the name of the reference note. Further below,
you'll also see where on the musical staff and piano keyboard
each of these open strings are.
(A Small Bit of Music Theory Trivia)
What do the note names G, D, A and E really mean?
Communicating music with music sheets and note names
on paper is essentially the written form of music language,
in much the same way that letters, numbers and words are
written forms of our spoken language. Western music essentially
uses 7 note names: A, B, C, D, E, F and G to communicate
The best way to understand note names and how they work
is by looking at a piano keyboard as shown below. There
are 88 keys in a full piano keyboard, but I've shown only
67 keys (including black keys). Keys further to the right
are higher in pitch than to the left. Notice that once
you get to note G when going up, you start using note
name A again. When you reach note A going down, you start
using note name G again.
The G string on the violin corresponds to the 21st white
piano key from left of a full 88 key piano keyboard. If
we label G the first key and go to the 5th white key to
the right, you'll come to the D key. The 5th white key
to the right of the D will brings you to A, and finally
the 5th white key will bring you to E. That's what it
means when violinists say they have to "tune in 5ths
Another important concept is the term "Octave".
Essentially, everytime we play a round of A,B,C,D,E,F
and G, one octave is covered. The next note up would have
been an A which would sound higher in pitch than the first
A that was played. We say that A is one octave higher
than the previous A. We could have just as easily started
on D and end on D one octave higher.
Finally, there are five black keys belonging to each
octave. For example, to play the black key to the right
of C would sound the C# or C-sharp note. This same black
key is also to the left of D and would be called Db
or D-flat. So C-sharp and D-flat are the same black
key and sound. If we played all the white and black keys
in one octave, we would have played a 12-key chromatic
Now try clicking the yellow circles on the violin above
and on the piano below with the same notes names.. Do
you hear that they should both have the same pitch? For
example, can you hear that note A on the violin should
be the same as note A on the piano? Also try playing them
both together by clicking first the violin note quickly
followed by the the piano note.
The next step after getting your violin sounds close enough
to the reference notes is to fine tune it, bringing them
to a match. Click below for proper instructions on how to
install and use them.
COMPLETE VIOLIN TUNING GUIDE
This is page 4
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 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
Other Ways to Generate
Conventional and new ways that reference tones can be generated...
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