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Balsa Dust
06-13-2009, 07:45 AM
So I have a Korg CA-30 tuner and through some searches I have found I should have my tuner set to 440 hz. My question is what determines the hertz to tune an instrument? Thanks :)

DaveVisi
06-13-2009, 08:01 AM
You're fine. 440 Hz is standard concert "A" pitch. All others will be referenced to this.

interp1
06-13-2009, 08:04 AM
440 Hz is the traditional frequency for A. I still tune to that. However, most modern orchestras tune at least to 442 Hz and others even higher. I often find that I'm not in tune if I try to play along to recorded music on a CD.

If you're playing solo, it doesn't matter what you tune to. If you're in a band, your band leader decide what A should tune to.

A friend in the orchestra told me that they tune to 442 Hz because the low G would sound flat otherwise. That's not an issue with ukuleles for two reasons, one very technical and the other trivial. A 442 Hz A is supposed to sound brighter than a 440 Hz A, but I can't tell the difference.

JT_Ukes
06-13-2009, 08:49 AM
I like to tune mine to 440 National, or Budget. Hertz is too expected and I like to keep my audience on their toes.

but yeah.

440 Hz is an A. Music is all Math ya know...

JT_Ukes
06-13-2009, 09:04 AM
Really interesting thread about 440A

http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=11273

check it out if.

JT

Balsa Dust
06-13-2009, 12:19 PM
Thanks for the replys. I also found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_(music)

More than you ever wanted to know :uhoh::nana:.



Yeah and it Hurtz :rolleyes:

Tanizaki
06-13-2009, 03:39 PM
Thanks for the replys. I also found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_(music)

More than you ever wanted to know :uhoh::nana:.



Yeah and it's Hurtz :rolleyes:

That would be a surprise to Heinrich.

DaveVisi
06-13-2009, 03:42 PM
It might Hurt to hear such an unusual pitch, but it is indeed spelled Hertz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hertz

HaileISela
06-14-2009, 11:13 AM
440 Hz is the traditional frequency for A. I still tune to that. However, most modern orchestras tune at least to 442 Hz and others even higher. I often find that I'm not in tune if I try to play along to recorded music on a CD.

If you're playing solo, it doesn't matter what you tune to. If you're in a band, your band leader decide what A should tune to.

A friend in the orchestra told me that they tune to 442 Hz because the low G would sound flat otherwise. That's not an issue with ukuleles for two reasons, one very technical and the other trivial. A 442 Hz A is supposed to sound brighter than a 440 Hz A, but I can't tell the difference.

And the further you go back in history, the lower the pitch is... One of my band mates says he prefers a historical pitch of 416 hz because that helps against headaches... I can imagine that^^