Sarasota Violin Academy

Tuning Your Violin

Tuning Your Violin

  1. First, make sure your bridge is properly placed between the two small notches in the F-Holes. The bridge should lean back (towards the tailpiece) slightly, NOT forward - that is, not towards the fingerboard.

  2. Once the bridge is in place, you can begin to tune your violin starting with the pegs. You will need a tuning device to establish the correct pitch of each string.

    Tuning Devices

    1. Electronic Tuner (recommended)
    2. Pitch Pipe: for Violin

    Tuning order: A string, then D, then G, and finally E. Then re-check in the same order.

    ALWAYS begin tuning with the A string (3rd from left). To raise the pitch of the "A" string, put your thumb and first finger on the "A" peg (top right peg). Now, while pressing in towards the violin, turn the peg away from your face. To lower the pitch, turn the peg towards your face while pressing in. If you do not press in while turning up or down, the peg will not hold the tension and will release the string.

    Make small and slow adjustments. A large adjustment (turn) could break the string, especially the E string.

    If you have a problem with the wood pegs slipping, you'll need to either apply peg drops (available at most music stores) on each peg where it inserts into the pegbox.

  3. After using the pegs to get close to the pitch, you will use the fine tuners to make the final adjustments (Note: some violins only have one fine tuner on the E string). First look between the tuner and the top of the violin and make sure the fine tuner is not close or already touching your violin. If it is, turn the fine tuner counterclockwise (left) and re-adjust the pegs. Then continue with the fine tuner tuning.

    Find the correlating fine tuner for the "A" string. To raise the pitch, turn the tuner clockwise (right). To lower the pitch, turn counterclockwise (left).

    Then continue with the D string, the G and E string.

    New strings will require some stretching before they settle in and hold pitch. Try pulling the strings slightly upwards after tuning to pitch...then re-tune. This can take some of the slack out of the strings and help accelerate the settling in process for new strings. Do not attempt to stretch the E string in this way. It is too thin and will break.

  4. If you are having difficulty or would like help tuning your violin, please feel free to call or email.