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KarenJ
Is it possible for a tuner to be out of tune?  when I play along with videos, the pitch is a lot higher than what my tuner says my violin should be. I would think it was the computer but it would have to be 3 computers and an MP4 player.  How do i verify this or fix it?
KarenJ
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Posted: August 15, 2011
Last Comment: August 16, 2011
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KarenJ
Posted: August 16, 2011
i bookmarked that and i'll see if my tuner matches this one.  thanks. 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 16, 2011
I would suspect that. I'm guessing your tuner has the needle that shows whether the pitch is correct or not? Here's a link to an online tuner I use when my metronome is down stairs and I'm too lazy to go get it. http://www.get-tuned.com/online_violin_tuner.php. However, this only plays the pitch, so you'll have to tell by listening.

Also remember, the tuners are set for equal temperament, so when we tune our open strings in perfect fifths, they will register incorrect with tuners.



KarenJ
Posted: August 16, 2011

it's really all of them.  and not just yours.  some youtube videos.  that's why i think its the tuner.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 16, 2011
Karen, can you tell me which video exactly, and at what point in the video? I can check to whether, I'm in tune, my tuner was in tune, and that nothing happened to the pitch during compression.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: August 16, 2011
Here in Europe, a 443 Hz A is quite common. If you are tuned to a 440 Hz A and play along to music that is tuned to 443 Hz that can feel quite low although it is not really a half-tone.

It is tricky to "measure" the tuning of music from a player with your tuner but you can try it with notes that are held for a bit longer. My tuner (the standard Korg model) catches always the lowest voice. I am afraid this is a bit vague but I am at a loss for words right now. Hope you can make something out of it, or someone else can clarify.

KarenJ
Posted: August 16, 2011

i think Beth uses 440 and my tuner is at 440. its almost half a step higher but not quite.

tomi
Posted: August 16, 2011
Electronics can break, I've heard stories of tuners gone bad.

I'm sure you can find A 440 generated sound with google. Try and check what your tuner says with that.

Other explanations could be that you've tuned to lower A than in the videos you mentioned. ( 440 vs 442 for example )

What do you mean by "a lot higher". I don't know is it even possible to tune strings one octave lower than they should be...that would explain "a lot" and still tuner would display "A" when you play "A" :)