I am a novice to western classical music and I have chosen Violin to learn this, a potentially dangerous combination :) . I am just a week in to my preparations, which included dusting my old violin where I had learned another style of music (Indian Classical for those who are interested to know), learning to prop it between by collar bone and chin with minimal or no left hand support (by far the most difficult exercise so far and thanks are due to Sue Donim for her advise), and tuning the violin. I am yet to find a teacher in Bombay (India) who can actually teach me. This question has to do with tuning
Conventionally the violin strings are tuned by tuning the A string to 440 Hz and tuning other strings to create a perfect fifth.
My question is why is 440Hz sacrosanct? If the objective is to have 2:3 ratio (which I believe produces the perfect fifth), then can't I just tune A to an arbitrary frequency and tune the rest of the strings in relation to this frequency?
The reason I want to do this is, tuning A to 440 increases the tension on a tuned E string so much that very often it breaks. This is probably because of the low quality strings, but getting good strings in Bombay (India) is a problem.The best I get here are elctrometal(don't ask me what electrometal is!) strings that costs around $8 per set of 4
By tuning A to an arbitrary lower frequency and the other strings in relation to that, I am still able to get consonance on G-D and A-E strings when played together. And I am able to play the C Major scale (very slowly, of course!) with this tuning which sounds alright to me
Is this OK or do I have to stick to 440 and get better strings somehow.
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