Tune your violin like a PRO violinist | Violin Lounge TV #519
Learn how a professional violinist tunes her violin, why first the A string and how to use a tuning fork
Tune your Violin like Professional Violinists do
Tuning the violin in fifths
Tune the A string first. After that bow on two strings at the same time to tune the other strings
Tuning in fifths is the most common way that professionals tune their instruments
This is arguably the most accurate method of violin tuning because the violin uses just intonation but also does require a bit of practice (like anything else when it comes to learning violin!)
- Tune your A string. This could be with an electronic tuner or with a tuning fork.
- Once your A string is tuned, play your A and D string together as a double stop (the strings should sound simultaneously).
- Since violin strings are tuned in perfect fifths, the strings should sound almost as one note when played together.
- Identify if the D string is too high or too low and adjust accordingly. If you’re not sure, don’t worry! Take your best guess and start adjusting. If it sounds as if it’s getting worse rather than better, turn back the other way.
- Once the D string is in tune, play the D and G strings together, and adjust the G string as just described above.
- Go back and play the A and E strings together and adjust the E string as necessary.
- Check your strings with an electronic tuner to see how you did! (This is optional for more advanced players).
This method isn’t ideal for a beginner as it requires you to play on two strings at the same time, listen for the perfect fifths and tune your violin all at the same time. If you’re a beginner, watch this video on how to tune your violin as a beginner violinist.
How to tune with a tuning fork
Why would you tune with a tuning fork over an electronic tuner? It is great ear training!
Unlike electronic tuners, a tuning fork only plays an A, so your ear must be able to tune the rest of the strings to that A (as described above).
Here’s how to tune your violin with a tuning fork
- Hit the tuning fork on a stable surface and place it next to your ear. You should be able to hear an A.
- Play your A and see if it sounds the same as the tuning fork.
- If it does sound the same, your A string is in tune and you can continue to tune the rest of your strings. If it does not sound the same as the tuning fork, identify whether it is too high or too low and adjust accordingly with either the fine tuners or pegs.
- Once your A is in tune, tune the rest of the strings to it as described above.