Using a tuner

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Using a tuner

Postby PawPaw34655 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:57 pm

Although I am in the process of building a Cedar Creek kit, I decided to visit evil bay and picked up a Black Mountain 51 hourglass for comparison. Tag says it was built in 2010 by Johnston (I think). I also ordered an Artisan AT83W tuner. My aim is DAA tuning and I think I got the two A's, but not having any luck getting the D. There are several modes available on it, guitar, violin, bass, cello, ukulele (c and d) and banjo. Ukulele D gives me A, D, F# and B. Does that sound like the mode I should use? My past musical experience is in brass instruments, euphonium, tuba and sousaphone. Tuning was accomplished by embrasure, valves and ears. Ears are 60 years older so don't work like they used to.

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Re: Using a tuner

Postby Skip » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:02 pm

You need to use the chromatic setting. The bass string D3 is the D below middle C ,[C4]. The A is A3.
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Re: Using a tuner

Postby PawPaw34655 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:10 pm

To confirm, I need to tune to D3 on bass, A3 middle and A4 for the melodies?

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Re: Using a tuner

Postby Skip » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:48 pm

D3A3A3A3
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Re: Using a tuner

Postby PawPaw34655 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:26 pm

Got it. Thanks forthe help.

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