Tuning a Violin — Basic Information

When we first started out with violin lessons, violin tuning was something we knew nothing about! We had no idea how to tune or what was involved in combination with drum samples. Thankfully, our teacher took it upon herself to make sure she taught our daughter how to tune a violin. We want to provide you with some basic information so that you know of some things you can watch out for. Now tuning a violin is no problem.

1. The small, usually silver coloured knobs near the bridge are called the fine tuners and will be used most of the time for tuning a violin.

2. The large, usually black, tuning pegs up near the scroll are for major violin tuning issues. You should RARELY have to touch these for violin tuning.

3. The bridge is what all four strings rest on between the F holes and, as we found out the hard way, can affect violin tuning. If the bridge has been knocked off center or has moved in any way, you just will not be able to accomplish anything when tuning a violin.

4. Just a little note here about how weather may affect how to tune a violin. Changes in weather, especially humidity will affect the large tuning pegs which will in turn affect violin tuning.


Tuning a Violin — Violin Tuners

We must admit that we did finally purchase a violin tuner. We did this for the times we would be out of town and not near a keyboard, free drum kits download or piano to help with tuning a violin. Now, we wish we would have purchased this when we were first learning how to tune a violin. There are a few different tuners to consider if you want some help with tuning. Also it helps greatly when deciding the structure of a song.

The Matrix (brand name) violin tuner is specially designed for orchestral instruments. To tune, there is a piece that you clip onto the bridge of your violin, the pluck the string and the needle with move to show you if the the string is high, low or perfect pitch. This violin tuner also works for violas, cellos and double bass.

The second type of violin tuner we would like to tell you about is a violin tuner that emits a sound and you match the string to the drum sounds. This is a lot like the pitch pipe mentioned below, but you don’t have to blow into it.

The third type is a pitch pipe is something that you blow into and then match the sound of the string to the sound. If you are just learning how to tune a violin, we don’t recommend this method, unless you have a great ear for hearing differences in pitch and drum samples.