Can’t tune violin with GDAE?

Asked by: Grady Cain

Why is my violin so hard to tune?

Many factors can contribute to problems with tuning: ill-fitting pegs that slip or stick; fine tuners that don’t work; old strings that have gone false. One of my adult students this week had decided to get fine tuners on all his strings to make it easier to tune.

How do you tune a violin with big pegs?

Towards the top of the violin increases the pitch meaning the note gets higher turning anti-clockwise or towards the bottom of the violin decreases the pitch meaning that note gets lower.

Why are violins tuned GDAE?

GDAE follows the violin tuning and offers the most versatile approach to transposing and playing in all keys. Open tunings are for strumming frequent chords in one or two keys with a minimum of fingering.

How many Hertz do you need to tune a violin?


The range of the violin extends from G, the lowest open string, upward nearly four octaves. The strings are tuned a fifth apart at G3(196 Hz), D4(293.7 Hz), A4, E5(659.3 Hz) if tuned in equal temperament with the A4 = 440Hz standard.

Can you play an untuned violin?

A good violinist can play in tune on an untuned violin… Tune your violin every time your practice… but don’t be to rigid about playing on an untuned violin.

Should you loosen violin strings when not playing?

The strings should be fine providing there is no large change in temperature or humidity in the place the violin is going to be stored. If you know that the violin will be subject to changes in temperature and humidity, then it would be advised to loosen the strings.

How do you Repeg a violin?

And keep the tension on the string and unwind that peg a little bit so it's over wound around the peg maybe once or twice right. Then. What you want to do is push that string.

Why do violinists remove fine tuners?

Steel strings were cheap and used on student instruments. Therefore, steel strings and fine tuners became associated with the value of the instrument. And even when steel strings became more popular and well-made, the tradition of leaving only one fine tuner for the E-string on more expensive instruments stuck.

Can you tune violin without fine tuners?

Using the thumb, lift any string just a little. Then pull towards the right. Slide the thumb down and up the string just once. This technique is a great way to fine tune your violin provided you are able to get just one string accurately tuned (usually the A-string).

Can you tune a violin by plucking the strings?

In order to match the pitches when learning how to tune a violin, you will need to continue to pluck or play the string, all the while keeping the Concert A in your ear. (Ideally, you will actually still be able to hear the example pitch from the piano or other device, but if not simply play it again.)

What is the lowest frequency a violin can play?

196 Hz

Violin Frequency Range

The violin’s lowest note, G3, is 196 Hz while E7, the highest practical limit of the violin, is 2,637 Hz.

What should a tuner be set to for violin?

And use the right button to adjust the key if you are tuning any orchestral string instrument it should be set in the key of C at 4:40.

Should I Untune my violin after playing?

If you loosen your bow, should you also loosen the strings of your violin? Answer: Nope! Please don’t untune your violin. It is better for your instrument, for your strings and save you a lot of work!

How much does it cost to get a violin tuned?

Violin & Viola

Restring, including tuning $7.5 per string (strings not included)
Fit pegs $25 each/$80 set
Replace tailgut $40
Replace saddle $75
Install fine tuners (without restringing) $7.5 per tuner (tuner not included)

Why won’t my tuning pegs stay in place?

Sometimes pegs can’t keep your string in place because the peg itself has worn down and won’t grip properly in the hole. This type of problem can be eliminated by removing the peg and very gently using super fine grit sandpaper to rough up the surface.

Why does my violin peg keep slipping?

Violin pegs slip for two basic reasons: Unfavorable humidity conditions and improperly installed strings. Properly installed violin strings will compensate for most normal fluctuations in humidity and will enable your violin pegs to not slip.

How do you fix a slipping tuning peg?

Just simply push the peg in as you chew. So instead of just turning the peg. As so push the peg in as you're turning so you're almost sort of pushing diagonally. If you push.

How do you fix a loose tuning peg?

I'm just gonna tighten it with a little flathead screwdriver. Until it's just snug. It's really important not to get these buttons too tight or the little plastic washer. That sits right here.

How tight should tuning pegs be?

The button screws should be snug but not so tight that the gears are hard to turn. If your guitar has wood buttons, and one just spins without raising the pitch of the string, the metal insert in the button may have stripped.

Are tuning pegs universal?

Unless you are changing to a set of tuning pegs that have exactly the same specifications as the set that is currently on the guitar, some modifications will have to be done to the guitar to be able to install the new set of tuning pegs.