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I am away from home and my violin needs tuning. I have only done it myself a couple of times, first under the supervision and guidance of my teacher. Now I have tuned 3 of the strings, but the D string is way out of tune, and I don't know if I should tighten it or loosen it! I know that sounds like a dumb question, but I have this immense fear that I will snap the string. (All strings were new last December, but I only really started to play in February, so they aren't that old.) I loosened the fine tuner all the way, and now according to my electronic tuner it is at F. Help!

5 Responses
Posted: July 2, 2011
Last Comment: July 3, 2011

Posted: July 3, 2011
lolz i'm doing the same dun worry it takes practice no dumb question! lol it's fun!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 2, 2011
Thanks for the rescue, Ray. I'm glad you got tuned up, Susan. I know tuning is quite frustrating when the strings are so far gone. Sounds like you're back in business!

Posted: July 2, 2011
Very cool, glad it worked for you. I know your mom and all assembled will will be thrilled by your performance. :)

Posted: July 2, 2011
Ray; I totally agree about asking questions... I just feel so stupid saying that I don't know if I need to loosen the string or tighten it to go from F to D...really, it could be either way. But somehow you gave me the confidence to do it, and I did it! Thank you...now I can play Happy Birthday for my mother! By the way, I think the website you meant is violinonline.com...?

Posted: July 2, 2011
Hi Susan, From one newbie to another. I really believe that the only foolish question is the question not asked. I'm sure you will get more responses then just mine. If you have access to a computer try out violinbasic.com It has an interactive scale tuner and all you do is click on the note you want and a drone comes on and then tune to that note. You check your progress by playing D (third finger on the A string) and play your D string at the same time. The two 'notes' should sound like one note because really they are the same note. Hope this helps. Ray