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Thread: Mind Control: The A=440Hz conspiracy

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    Default Mind Control: The A=440Hz conspiracy

    Okay, cue up the theme song from Twilight Zone......

    HERE is the A=440 tuning conspiracy.

    Now cue up "When You Wish Upon a Star".........

    HERE is the oh-so-scientific debunking of the conspiracy. The moral, here, is: to properly tune your uke, you MUST get at least a 3.5 in differential calculus (NOT integral -- differential!)

    So... the next time you tune your ukulele: WHO you gonna call?
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    But seriously, folks, do you tune A440 or A432? Why? Why not?

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    I used to tune my ukes to whatever sounded best, 440, 432, 444 etc but once I started taking lessons I just used 440 so that I'd be in tune with my teacher as well as iReal Pro. My sitar sounds best with the tonic tuned to C# with A=447. If you are playing by yourself you can pick whatever sounds best. Or, I suppose if you are good enough you can just make people tune to you

    John

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    I since I play with 35 to 60 others, we all tune to 440 with clip-on tuners. But I always tune to 440 even when I play alone cause ya never when someone will come along to play.


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    That first link is hilarious!

    I assume that if I set my tuner to 432 Hz, I will still get a well tempered tuning of my instrument, and that the frets will not acommodate the just tuning?

    Anyway, I use the standard 440 Hz. Unless I accidentially set my tuner otherwise. It happened a few years ago.
    My ears are not that refined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    That first link is hilarious!... ...
    Yeth it is! Even so, be sure to scroll down far enough to view the video titled: "Amazing Resonance Experiment." It's actually very interesting, even though not truly part of the res gestae.

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    You can tune a ukulele but you can't tune a fish
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    This has taken a sinister turn. I can hear mothers across America saying, “Little Johnny you’re going to have to pick a different instrument than the ukulele for your birthday”.

    “O gee Ma, why?

    “The ukulele has taken a sinister turn!”.

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    On each of my ukuleles only two of the tuning pegs are sinister, the other two are, of course, dexter - though which pair is which is a moot point.

    John Colter.

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    Whenever anything comes up that deals with tuning, I find it so interesting how difficult some people can make the simple act of tuning up a ukulele so the they can play it.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    Why do we not hear from the folk who have perfect pitch? If there is such a thing, then I would expect them all to agree on what "A" sounds like. I suspect they would all end up arguing.

    John Colter

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