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BBemus
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birthday-cakeYesterday was my birthday, and as a gift I got a violin, was very excited! I am mad because I just got it 2 hours ago and tried to tune it and I broke the G-string. So, I don't know how to tune it without braking the strings. I tried tuning it with the tuner tool from fiddlerman but didn't work. When I tighten the violin strings [felt pretty tight] and give it ago it does not make the same sound as the tuner tool from fiddlerman [which led to me too tight more and the string broke]. Please help! facepalm

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A belated Happy Birthday BBbirthday_balloon

Are you sure it was your G string?

Can you post a vid of what you were doing?

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Ok, Brandon..... Happy Birthday or maybe not quite so happy now that you've broken a string. The first thing you need to do, is to go buy another G string. Don't try to tune it until you have all four string's on the violin (which you probably have done already). Before you start to tune, make sure the bridge is set in it's proper location. It should be in line with the two little nitche's in the F holes and centered with your finger board, make sure it is straight up and down.

The way it sound's, you started tuning with the wrong string. Begin by tuning either the A or D string first, taking each string up in pitch a little at a time. Try to listen very carefully to the sound of the tuner. WARNING... do not over tune the strings, they will break, then you'll need to buy a whole new set.

Get each string as close as possible to the pitch then finish with the fine tuner's.

I wish you luck, and welcome to Fiddlerman.com.  crossedfingersdancing

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And as you tune keep checking the angle of the bridge.
As the strings tighten it could pull away from the vertical, (ie. the top leans towards the fingerboard) and could snap out or snap in two.

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The guys above gave great advice so I'll just say happy birthday and welcome! birthday-cakeand don't worry about your broken string it can happen to anyone new to tuning. Start with little tension and move up slowly. Know you can find a chromatic tuner for $10 or less on amazon.com, maybe that would help you more then hearing a drone with an online tuner?cow-fingerscrossed

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What NV meant to say is you can find a chromatic tuner at FiddlerShop.com ROFL
Anyway, Skype me if I am online and I'll guide you through it, free of charge. We can get the violin tuned together without a problem. The trouble is probably that it is so off that you can't locate the right pitch in relation to my online tuner. If it were close you would find it much easier. Also, you need to get used to tuning a violin. I am fairly certain that you where way too high with the G string, possibly an octave too high.
I can tell you over Skype which direction to go. Also make sure to check that the bridge is straight in between individual string tunings.

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Fiddlerman said
What NV meant to say is you can find a chromatic tuner at FiddlerShop.com ROFL

Eep! Sowwy I just went with the cheapest new tuner I could find. If BB's profile is correct he is 16 (yay sweet 16!) and we usually don't have much cash at that age (or spend it on cigarettes in secret).

But it's true that your http://fiddlershop.com/accesso.....mtm30.html is a super good value because you have a metronome included!

That said, did you tried your http://fiddlershop.com/accesso.....tm501.html Pierre? I'm interested in buying a clip-on to help with intonation

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Thank you all! My profile is wrong, I'm 17 now. I may Skype you Fiddlerman, or take it  some sort of music shop to maybe help me tune it. If you break one of string, do you have to replace all of them?

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Nah just the string that broke, you can buy string in set or single.

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