Tuning Your Instrument

Tuning your own instruments:

Stringed instruments often go out of tune due to weather, especially when exposed to changes in heat, cold and humidity.  Tuning your instrument can be a real challenge, but the effort to learn will pay high dividends.  It’s a great skill to know, and you can always get your instruments in tune, and you will save your teachers time when starting each class.

Facts:   It takes a good musical ear, and quite a bit of delicate strength to tune using the pegs on violin, viola, and cello.   Bass tuning (due to the gears) and tuning using the fine tuners (on violin, viola and cello) is easier, start there.

If you're ready please email Mr. Lyons and he can help!

Your teachers will be happy to help you and your parents learn this great skill.

Please enjoy the below pdf files with a lot of helpful information ~ good luck!

March 2020:   I'm also adding this list of tuning resources (via the fine folks that have made YouTube videos)

Here are links to tuning notes and videos for tuning your instrument.  (Compiled March 2020 from YouTube)

(The mechanics for tuning violin/viola/cello are similar, bass is different, and a bit physically easier because of the geared pegs).    No matter what, go slowly, and if in doubt, go lower, and then try again.   


E string (highest) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBI9Vl6CzrA

A string https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJQ_nmv4AAg

D string https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wqx0jEEvIc

G string https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5neh0CKtVU

All Strings pitches (one video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWUxmSEiLpI

Violin tuning instruction video: (a bit advanced


Violin tuning instruction video, fine tuners explained:



A string (highest) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unMKjsFy8i8

D string https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OskyN8EpBhE

G string https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKB6uq_Avuo

C string https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=viola+C+string

All Strings pitches (one video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFRGZlDVZhk

Viola (and violin) tuning instruction video:



All Strings pitches (one video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6Lf2xYyW8A

All Strings pitches (another version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80kRU3sX9FQ

Cello tuning instruction video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VxUruBnM5g&t=225s


All Strings pitches (one video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP3UiMPi4z4

Bass tuning instruction video, including harmonics        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO2sMXdWbwc

Quick reminder video on bass tuning:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Mr41BZ11I