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Violin Tuner - Using the Piano

Need a violin tuner? If you have a piano at home, and the piano is in tune, this can be a very convenient and easy method of tuning.

Tuning with a piano, takes me back to my own childhood and our antique cherry-stained piano. I sat at our family's piano bench tuning my violin and practicing many, many hours.

How to use the piano as a tuner.

Use the D, A, and E piano keys that are above middle C; Use the G key that is below middle C.

Play each piano key starting with the A, D, G and E; in that order.

After playing each piano key, play the matching string on the violin. Listen carefully as you tune your violin to match the piano correctly.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER.....

To make the string's pitch go higher, turn the pegs and fine tuners clockwise.

To make the string's pitch lower, turn the pegs and fine tuners counterclockwise.

The benefits of using the piano as a tuner

  • Using the piano as a violin tuner allows you to practice or perform with that piano perfectly in tune.
  • If you already own a piano then it is very cost efficient...free.
  • Using the piano as a tuner strengthens your 'musical ear'. Electronic tuners often have a gauge that tells you if you are in tune or not. There is no gauge on the piano, so YOU have to listen and decide whether or not you are in tune.
  • Drawbacks to using a piano as a tuner

  • If you do not own a piano then you cannot use this method at home.
  • Pianos are not portable.
  • Pianos are not always in tune. If your piano has not been tuned in a long time, it is not a very reliable tuner.
  • Checkout the other methods of tuning the violin by going back to the main tuning page.

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