Violin Online: Violin Tuning

Tune your violin with our free violin tuning directions

The four strings on the violin are tuned in perfect fifths to the following notes:

G,  D,  A,  E

(click on the letter to hear the note)
G String

An "A" tuning fork, digital tuner, pitch pipe or a piano may be used to assist with tuning.

The violin is tuned to the following notated pitches (click on the note to hear the pitch):

TUNING INSTRUCTIONS
  • Fine tuners or pegs may be used to tune the violin. If the string sounds lower than the correct pitch, gently turn the fine tuner or peg to the right until it reaches the correct pitch. If the string sounds higher than the correct pitch, gently turn the peg or tuner to the left.
  • Many beginning violinists find it helpful to use a digital tuner to tune their violin, and some models detect and display when the note being tuned matches the desired pitch. Visit our Music Store for a sampling of tuners.
  • If you need help changing your violin strings, visit our Changing Violin Strings section.
  • Visit our Violin & Bow page to learn the parts of the violin, or Violin Basics section for a review of how to play the violin.
  • After you have tuned your violin, visit our visit our exercise section to warm-up, strengthen and improve your violin playing with free violin scales, free violin etudes, and free violin exercises.
  • Need help knowing where to place your fingers on the violin fingerboard? Click here for interactive violin fingering assistance: Violin Finger Placement.
  • Once you're ready to play, try our free violin music such as Pachelbel's Canon or Vivaldi's Four Seasons in our FREE VIOLIN SHEET MUSIC section, play Christmas carols in our FREE VIOLIN CHRISTMAS MUSIC section, or play beautiful violin music by composers throughout history in our VIOLIN STRING CLASS.
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Visit our Music Store for tuning accessories