What are some of the alternate tunings of a modern piano?

Asked by: Leah Campbell

Ideas for guitar-like alternate piano tunings?

  • reverse the whole keyboard.
  • reverse each octave.
  • make C through F# play the diatonic C notes, and G through B the sharps.
  • swap the sharps/naturals after F in each octave (white notes play a whole tone)
  • split keyboard, both playing same octaves (“teacher/student mode”)

Are there different piano tunings?

Fine piano tuning requires an assessment of the vibration interaction among notes, which is different for every piano, thus in practice requiring slightly different pitches from any theoretical standard. Pianos are usually tuned to a modified version of the system called equal temperament.

Why Tuning a piano is impossible?

If you tried harmonically tuning a piano using major thirds instead you'd multiply the frequency. By five fourths three times or one point nine five three one two five.

Why are pianos tuned with equal tempered tuning?

The equal tempered scale used forms the basis for modern western music and will be described in more depth. A further peculiarity in piano tuning is the practice of stretching the upper and lower octaves. This refers to progressively sharpening the notes of the upper octaves from a perfect equal tempered scale.

What is normal piano tuning?


The common tuning for most pianos is A440, meaning that the A4 is tuned so that sound waves vibrate at 440Hz. This is standard concert pitch in most of the Western world, although European tuning often is slightly higher at 442Hz. A mid-treble note, such as middle A, typically has 3 strings per note.

Do new pianos need tuning?

New pianos need more regularly piano tuning because the steel strings in a new piano have never had any tension put on them before and therefore initially stretch faster than older strings, this causes a new piano to lose its tune faster than an older one.

Are pianos tuned to equal temperament?

Pianos today are tuned in “equal temperament,” which means that each note is the same distance in pitch from its neighbours.

Can I use a wrench to tune a piano?

Something like will do the job for most pianos, although different Pianos have different sized tuning pins (especially older ones) so you may struggle to get a good fit without spending a lot on a more professional kit. DO NOT try and use a socket wrench, it will permanently damage the tuning pins.

What is cents in piano tuning?

Re: What are “cents”? There are 1200 cents in an octave (regardless of the type of temperament a piano is tuned to). If equal temperament is used (the most common among modern pianos), each semitone is equal to 100 cents. 20 cents mean the note is 1/5 of a semitone off.

Can I tune a piano by myself?

It’s impossible to tune a piano without a few basic, specialized tools. At minimum, you will need to purchase three things: Tuning lever. Electronic chromatic tuner.

Can a piano be tuned after 10 years?

If a piano has gone five or ten years without being tuned, then tuning it once won’t be enough. Pianos get set in their ways as they age. A piano that hasn’t been tuned in a long time will go out of tune again very quickly.

What happens if you don’t tune a piano for years?

If your piano has gone without tuning for an extended period of time, its pitch may have dropped well below standard pitch at which it was designed to perform. It may require a procedure called a “pitch raise”or “pitch correction”.

How often does a piano need tuning?

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Why does a piano have 3 strings per note?

Why is There More Than One String for One Note? The three strings for middle pitch and high pitch notes are not only intended to increase the volume during play, but also enrich the quality of the sound.

Are all three piano strings tuned the same?

In addition, most notes on a piano are sounded by sets of two or three strings each, called unisons; to sound in tune, every string in a unison must be tuned at precisely the same pitch — that is, they must be beatless relative to each other.

What does an out of tune piano sound like?

When out of tune, there will be a wavering sound. This wavering will distort the note creating an uncomfortable sound. The competing strings may even cancel out the sound.

Do pianos get better with age?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.

Can you tune a 100 year old piano?

Tuning obviously falls under basic maintenance and is something that any piano owner should keep up on. Unfortunately, we have often found that an old piano that has not been properly maintained over the years may not be tunable without a serious amount of repair/restoration work.

Can a digital piano get out of tune?

Digital pianos and keyboards can be out of tune relative to 440 Hz. This can be rectified in two ways: transposing in small increments back to 440 Hz, or if that fails, performing a factory reset.

Do electric pianos sound like real pianos?

A digital piano, on the other hand, can only mimic the sound of the acoustic piano. Its sound is a digital file and thus doesn’t allow for the same acoustic nuances. Nonetheless, a high-end digital piano could sound better than a low-end acoustic piano.

Can you tune a Yamaha keyboard?

So here we go this is a Yamaha keyboard in this example it's a YPG model 235 but similar keyboards may have similar functions as long as your keyboard is newer. It probably will have a tuning.