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Crazymotive, thanks for that but the biggest problem I have is the short duration of the vibrations. By the time I pick up the instrument and bow, the ringing has stopped
Ah, okay... I see what you mean. The tone dies down quick as the vibrations dampen. Over the years I've tuned to pitch pipes, piano keys, other instruments, electronic and computer tuners, my own strings, but I've never actually tuned via a tuning fork. I assume you're tuning fork is an A/440 ? Only thing I can think of is perhaps if you can manage to keep the violin in playing position with the bow close at hand, strike the fork and very quickly grab the bow and compare your note to the tuning forks. Or perhaps you can get a sense of intonation by plucking the string and comparing to the fork rather than bowing. I used to tune that way sometimes.
Beyond that I am not sure. Perhaps Fiddlerman or another experienced violinist can give some suggestions. I would be curious to learn more about using a tuning fork as well.
after you strike the fork, place it next to the violin it will resonate throught the violin get a tuning fork with a ball on the end and hold it against the violin with your left hand while drawing the bow across the A.
Thats what I use to do before i started using FM s tuner on line.
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I usually use the piano for the G then just open tune the other strings by ear. I pluck the string. This allows me to make a quick adjustment while the violin is in a position that will allow me to tume it. In my limited experience, this also gives me a more accurate tune. Using the bow pulls the string sharp and if i'm not perfect on my draw it can be a hair off.
Also, it will help you to sing the note you are tuning. Hit the tuning fork, humm or sing the note while you tune. it will help your ear and help you keep that refference for tuning.
Latebloomer, my left hand is already occupied with turning the pegs. I think it is reasonable to expect a continuous tone while tuning the 'A' because Ruggiero Ricci advocates the use of open string drones in the beginning phase of left hand development. eg. he advocates single finger glissando scales on one string along with a reference tone to measure against. I just don't know what professional players actually typically do without oboe, piano on the road?
If I had to use a tuning fork I would probaly quit because like Terry Im kind of tone hindered. I use an electronic tuner and am saved by it, and it came with my violin. Not that they are expensive. That is the only way I am able to tune my violin and I still have trouble ( like tuning an octave to high).
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