When did you first learn to tune your violin?
The process involves two separate issues: the aural and the physical. You must learn how to match pitches and to hear the fifths you violin; and you must learn how to turn the pegs and fine tuner(s) on your violin in the right direction and just the right amount. When you get good at it, you should be able to turn those pegs without taking the fiddle down from your shoulder
I still remember one of my very earliest solo tuning sessions: getting completely lost aurally and making a complete mess of it! But one has to be able to experiment and make some mistakes in order to learn. Also, as a teacher, I have to fight the fact that it's just easier to tune a student's instrument than it is to take 15 or 20 minutes of the lesson to help them learn to tune. But those are well-spent minutes, if a student can learn to tune for themselves!
When did you learn to tune, and what were your experiences with learning to tune? Did anything help you a great deal with the process of learning this skill?
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