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Help with tuning
Is it possible to tune an octave too low ?
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Claire
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February 19, 2015 - 7:18 am
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Hi there, 

I am 55 with no musical background (so not sure this is a good combination!) but having casually mentioned I rather fancied the idea of learning the violin to my partner I am now the proud owner of one!

My problem is the tuning.  Using a snark I tune each string individually but I am sure it must be an octave too low (if this is possible) as it sounds nothing like the clips on this site or YouTube and the 'G' string is particularly awful.  Although I can tighten the strings enough to go up an octave the pegs on the 'G' string will not hold, the other strings go rapidly out of tune and the bridge starts to bend so I can only assume this is not right either  - even though the sound is greatly improved and the strings have not snapped as yet!

I have lots of determination so any help or suggestions would be much appreciated .

Cheers

Claire

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LyleA
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February 19, 2015 - 9:31 am
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Hi Claire!  Have you watched Fiddlerman's video on tuning the instrument yet?  Might be a good place to start!

Never mind maneuvers, just go straight at them.

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And BTW, I have an iPhone and I use a free app I downloaded to help with my tuning.  There are several so that might be a good place to start to make sure you are getting the right note in the correct octave.

Eventually, with enough practice, you will be able to tune by ear, but I am about three years into my playing and I'm just beginning to be able to do that...

Good luck!

Never mind maneuvers, just go straight at them.

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March 10, 2015 - 3:25 pm
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Just to say many thanks to LyleA for responding to my plea for help. Sure I'll have plenty more questions in the future.

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Hello Claire:

I just wanted to say welcome to the forum.   :)

I am so tickled that you got your violin and are on your way to a wonderful violin Journey.

Cheers and Welcome!thumbs-upbananabananabananabanana

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