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How to Tune the Violin Strings

Learn how to tune strings from musician Julie Artzt Becker in this Howcast video.


Okay. So, now I'm gonna teach you how to tune your strings. You always start with the A string first. And then, you can either take your tuning fork or your metronome, which should probably have a tuner on it to tune your violin as well. And you find the A. And you match that A with your violin. Now, in order to tune the strings properly, the A string, you always tune with your peg and you tune it with your thumb and usually your index finger and sometimes, also your middle finger. So, if you want the string higher, you tune it up and if you want the string lower, you tune the string down. And to go back up again, you tune it up. Okay. Now, I'm gonna tune it again, but first, I need to hear the A on the metronome. I think that matches pretty well.
And now, in order to tune the other strings, now that you have a perfect A string, you tune the other strings related to what the A string sounds like. So, I'm gonna tune the D string next with the A string together. So it sounds like this. Now, to me, my D string sounds a little bit flat, a little bit low, that means, so I'm gonna tune it higher. That sounds better to me. Now, I'm gonna tune the G string to the D string, so that I have something to relate it to. Now that the D string is tuned, I can relate the G string to the D string. And then, last, but not least, you tune the E string with the A string. Now, the E string, I tuned with the fine tuner because usually that's enough. You don't need, the E string's much thinner and you don't need, you know, the big peg to tune that. Just the fine tuner is good enough. So, you just tune it clockwise to go higher and counter clockwise to go lower. And now, your violin is perfectly in tune and ready to be played.

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