Would an instrument that tuned itself harmonically on the fly sound in tune?

Asked by: Javier Ellis

What instruments can’t be tuned?

The instruments which cannot (without effort) play out of tune are non-fingered string instruments (harp, dulcimer, lyre), percussion instruments (drums, keyboards, auxiliary), and those instruments which are somehow both (piano, harpsichord, celeste).
Apr 11, 2018

How can you tell if a note is in tune?

1) Check your note with open strings
If you are playing a G, D, A or E on the violin or a C, G, D or A on the viola, you can check if the note is in tune by comparing it with an open string. For example when you play the 3rd finger on the A string, which is a D, you can check it with the open D string.
Sep 17, 2015

How do instruments become out of tune?

Some instruments get ‘out of tune’ with damage or age (warping) when they will no longer play true and have to be repaired. Also changes in temperature and humidity can affect some sensitive instruments. As temperatures fluctuate, instruments may expand or contract.
Jul 1, 2019

In which tuning system do musical intervals sound the same in every key?

It is a compromise tuning scheme. The equal tempered system uses a constant frequency multiple between the notes of the chromatic scale. Hence, playing in any key sounds equally good (or bad, depending on your point of view).

Can wind instruments be tuned?

Alto/Bass Clarinets-These depend somewhat on the make and model of the instrument. Basically the tuning is done by adjusting the way the neck fits into the receiver. Out if it is sharp or in if flat. On pro models the neck is usually in two pieces with a slide attachment to do the same.
Sep 5, 2017

Why is a piano never in tune?

The temperament is taking an octave and making all the half steps equal. This means that when you play any interval other than an octave on the piano, they are all equally out of tune. So if you play a perfect 4th, 3rd, or any other pair of notes, they will all be perfectly out of tune with each other.

How much out of tune is noticeable?

Research had shown that when we hear one pitch, and then another is played, but only 1 or 2 cents away, the difference is not noticeable. The Just Noticeable Difference begins at about 3 or 4 cents. That’s not a matter of “perfect pitch” or not; it’s a function of the limits of our ears’ sensitivity.
Jan 24, 2007

What does in tune sound like?

Sounding “Flat” or “Sharp”
As you raise it or lower it to bring it closer to A440 or whatever pitch you’re trying to match, when you eventually match it exactly, you’ll be in tune.
Sep 19, 2015

What happens if you don’t tune a piano?

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”.

Are guitars equal tempered?

Guitars are tuned to ‘equal temperament’. The basic way to understand this is that the 12 musical notes are evenly split up, which allows us to use straight frets on a guitar. The problem is that equal temperament isn’t perfect and depending on how you have trained your ears, you may notice it when you play guitar.
Sep 10, 2019

Why don’t we use Pythagorean tuning?

For example, a C-based Pythagorean tuning would produce a stack of fifths running from D♭ to F♯, making F♯-D♭ the wolf interval. However, there will always be one wolf fifth in Pythagorean tuning, making it impossible to play in all keys in tune.

How many tuning systems are there?


“Temperament refers to the various tuning systems for the subdivision of the octave,” the four principal tuning systems being Pythagorean tuning, just intonation, mean-tone temperament, and equal temperament.

How did musicians tune before tuners?

The answer is that they used their ears! They tuned notes in relation to each other, and they tuned instruments in relation to each other. They knew pitches (=frequencies, even if they didn’t have that scientific knowledge) and which ones sounded good together to them, and they used that combination of notes.
Apr 4, 2019

What tuning did Beethoven use?

Tests have shown that Beethoven’s tuning fork resonates at 455.4 Hertz, over half a semitone higher than today’s standard ‘A’ pitch of 440 Hertz. Click on the image to hear what it sounds like when it is struck.

What tuning did Bach use?

The main tuning system in Bach’s time was called meantone temperament. This system sounds great in C major and nearby keys, but the further away you move on the circle of fifths, the worse everything sounds.
Jun 27, 2020

What tuning system did Mozart use?

Mozart used the same process as given above, but extended it to a cycle of 21 meantone “5ths”, an elegantly symmetrical system from implied 310 = Ebb to implied 310 = A#. He then destroyed the symmetry of the scale by limiting himself to 20 notes and eliminating the implied 37 = Cb.
May 31, 2001

What is medieval tuning?

Of the two ancient Greek systems that were used chiefly in the Middle Ages, one, Pythagorean tuning, makes all the fifths perfectly consonant. As a result, all the major thirds and major sixths are sharp (too wide) by 22 cents (a cent is 1/1200 of an octave) or by the ratio of 81:80.