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Tuning a violin
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Gordon Shumway
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I still have difficulty tuning the open strings, and I find it more convenient to tune by harmonics - i.e. play the D harmonic on the G string and compare it with the first harmonic on the D string, and so on up to the E string. I realise this will only work at home and not in an orchestra, where I probably wouldn't be able to hear myself. Is this a stupid habit, or does it have support among better violinists? @AndrewH or @Fiddlerman . Apologies to other experienced violinists I have left out, but I don't know who you are, lol!

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I don't tune by harmonics per se, but in a noisy room I often find it easier to check my tuning by playing a second harmonic against an open string to produce an octave.

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Thanks, Andrew. I started this thread here because I didn't think the v.com discussion would go as well as it has done!

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It definitely has merit and I have done it, more in the past than now, but yes.
I like to tune to fifths and can hear them very well. It takes time but they become very recognizable and easy to adjust. Perhaps use your method then play fifths. Double check. ๐Ÿ˜
Sometimes I'll play octave harmonics together, which is also a fifth.

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