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katie m
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Hi,

Does anybody have any suggestions to stop this happening or is it normal to have to tune the violin every time you play? I’ve tried chalk and peg soap.

Thanks

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I am not sure, so I starred your post, hoping to get you some attention. 😁

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depends on humidity, where you store your violin,  if you take it from a cold to warm room it will go oit of tune, how old or new your strings are.

If you recently changed your strings did you wind them onto the pegs correctly. When you tune up, loosen the peg slightly before tightening it and when you do tighten push it in as you turn it, but dont push it too hard just enough so that it sticks. I changed my strings recently and it constantly is a couple of cents out, good practice for tuning by ear;)

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@katie m -

If you have to tune your violin every time you play, does that mean more than once a day? 

More than minor adjustments everyday would have me concerned, too.  

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I jam my pegs in, so they can't slip, but I'm beginning to think that I really must learn the judicious use of graphite and French chalk for when I get my first fine-tunerless violin.

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Thank you for the replies 😀 no it’s just minor adjustments but I make them every time I pick my violin up 3-4 times per day sometimes it’s slightly out sometimes spot on. I’m finding it  tough in the heat !!

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A professional violinist tunes frequently. Even after every single piece, or every few minutes. When you play, the tension of the bow pulling the strings actually detunes the instrument. The pressure goes from one side of the bridge to the other and vice versa. When we perform we don't usually tune until after the piece but we learn to adjust on the go.
This doesn't mean that your instrument will be way out of tune, just micro adjustments for the most part. Constant fine adjustments. The only thing you need to worry about as a performer are the open strings which can't be adjusted as easily when they are out of tune. We frequently avoid open strings unless there is a good reason to use them such as chords, double stops, or that the sound is deemed musically appealing in a particular situation.

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Thanks Fiddlerman for clearing that up it up !! 

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Fiddlerman said
A professional violinist tunes frequently. Even after every single piece, or every few minutes. When you play, the tension of the bow pulling the strings actually detunes the instrument. The pressure goes from one side of the bridge to the other and vice versa. When we perform we don't usually tune until after the piece but we learn to adjust on the go.... 

Pierre, this raises the question, do professional violinists not miss having four fine tuners?lumpy-2134

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Not really Gordon. I never gave it any thought. The violin doesn't have to be 100% in tune to play in tune unless you use the open strings.
That being said, we can adjust quickly and quietly. The intonation changes that dome soon after you tune are subtle most of the time.

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