Need advice ref tuning violin
Hi guys, I am totally new to the violin world having played the piano for nearly 40 years.
I picked up an entry level electric violin and love it, however I am really struggling when it comes to tuning. Basically, I know how to tune the GDAE individually, but when I tune say G correctly, then move onto D, all the other strings go out of tune, I just can't get them all to tune at the same time. Each time I touch another string it puts the others out of tune.
I am sure I am doing something wrong, any advice?
Make sure the bridge isn't tilting toward the fingerboard, when you tighten other strings, if the bridge is tilted it will get pulled forward. also, make sure that when you tune the violin that you push inward slightly on the pegs. if you ONLY turn the pegs, and not apply inward pressure, they will likely slide back out of tune.
Hi there Christopher and thank you for your fast reply, very much appreciated!
Do the strings get higher or lower?
Hi there Marc,
There are videos on YouTube for how to tune your violin. Might make sense to watch a couple of them. It seems like something that should be trivial but there are definitely some dos-and-donts.
Hi there Paul, yes I've watched a few of them and managed to tune my non-electrical violin pretty quickly, so I agree, a trivial process. I have a good hearing for pitch, plus I am using an online violin tuner which is great because I can plug the electric violin into the PC and listen to both the violin and PC on the same headphones to get the pitch.
Rex, All new strings take a while to remain in tune.
Assuming it isn't the strings just stretching - which has been covered, something else that can cause pegs to slip (the other option after stretching and your bridge falling) is how the string is wound around the peg.
If your non-electric doesn't do this to the same degree, it may be that something in your electric is flexing more with changes in string load. This could either be a design or materials issue, or a problem like the neck coming loose.
Hi there, just wanted to say thanks to all those who contributed to my thread, I have taken on board all suggestions and can happily report back that my violin is now in tune. I think it needed a little time for the strings to stretch. Once again, many thanks!