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How to Tune Your Violin Without Breaking a String

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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 15 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Antoinette Ady

What you'll learn in this violin class:

Hi. I'm Antoinette Ady, and I'm going to teach you how to tune your strings, and change your strings, while eliminating all risk of breaking them. 

Below I will reveal the 3 main factors holding you back from success in tuning your violin, and how you can conquer them.

You've probably tried tuning in the past, and perhaps it didn't go as well as you had hoped. Then you may have even looked for answers online, only to be swamped by thousands of articles and videos telling you to simply "turn the peg" while skipping TONS of information that you actually need in order to make sure you don't break your string.

YouTube videos are notorious for is overwhelming you with loads of advanced terms and techniques, while speaking to you as if you were 5 years old and should already know this. Let me tell you that as a teacher, I recognize that this is outrageous. Their $30,000 instrument tunes very easily, while your $100 has it's own peculiarities that everyone seems to skip over.

Imagine what your life will be like when you finally feel comfortable tuning, taking a quick 15 seconds to tune, before going on to do your daily practice of all the things you love playing.

YOU CAN LEARN TO TUNE

If you have already started learning violin and you are taking lessons, you may be wondering why you haven't be taught how to tune yet. You may be thinking, "Is my teacher avoiding teaching me this?" And honestly, you're probably right.

Having avoided teaching it as much as possible for 10 straight years, I can tell you that yes, this is true. Tuning is complicated, and without a methodical way to teach it, it can be a bit much for the student and the teacher.

However, after teaching it online to completely new students, I realized not only was it possible, it is absolutely necessary. And in realizing this, I knew I had to develop a method for teaching tuning to students at EVERY level (even before the very first violin lesson).

My goal is to help two types of students learn to tune with confidence:

1. Those who have been playing for a while, but still don't feel confident tuning.

2. Those who have never touched a violin before in their life, but are finally ready to start.

You Can Learn This

When I first started playing violin, I didn't tune my own violin for years. My orchestra conductor would just bang, bang, bang, tune 50 string instruments in seconds flat each. I would stand there, awed, as she would reach over and adjust each fine tuner after only hearing it for a split second. Back then it took me at least 5 minutes to tune my own instrument, gruelingly comparing each one of my strings to an old school pitch pipe, all by ear, since electric tuners didn't exist back then.

It took me years of practice to start tuning like the pro's do, but I discovered how to teach tuning so that it DOESN'T take YOU years to figure out.

Secret #1: This may seem a little bland, but I am telling you, it is the key to solving 80% of your heartache. If you tune your violin every single day, it will practice stay it tune on it's own. You have to be consistent about it.

If you do, it generally stays in tune, and then the next day when you go to tune, you only have to make a slight adjustments to keep it there. If you go weeks without tuning your violin, you guaranteeing yourself a lot more trouble in tuning.

You can learn exactly how to tune in my class, How to Tune Without Breaking a String. The class details are below.

It's Not True That You Need a Magic Touch

It takes the right information, and specialized drills to save you YEARS of trial, error and broken strings.

I’ll never forget the morning of the Spring Concert when my student Olivia texted me frantically about her E string. Of all my students, she was the most scared of tuning her instrument. She had had a few strings pop on her, and they seemed to break every time she tried to tune the instrument herself. I felt bad. She was a good player and had been playing since she was a kid, but she was scared to death of tuning her own instrument! The day I taught her to use her fine tuners in class was a good one, but it didn’t solve the problem of the pegs. Those blasted pegs.

She had busted her E string and was extremely upset as the concert was in a matter of hours, and we were all supposed to meet there and tune up before the show. I asked her to FaceTime me so I could walk her to through adjusting her E string. I had a good camera angle so I could see everything. I watched as she grabbed the peg and pushed forward like a key in an ignition.

POP!!! The E string burst right before my eyes. Sadly, yes, it was the death of that E string, but I FINALLY SAW WHAT THE ISSUE WAS, and how to prevent it from ever happening again! From that moment forward, I knew how to prevent ANYONE from EVER breaking a string again while tuning.

Secret #2: You have to practice using the pegs before an emergency like this happens. I have formulated special drills so you will never have to worry about this again. I will take you through these drills, as well as all the information you need, in our special class, described below.

No, you're not crazy. Student Violins really ARE more difficult to tune.

What do WD-40, sandpaper and pliers have in common? These are all household items I have had to use when adjusting student violins that just wouldn’t budge. I have put in 11 years of hard work learning all the tricks of the trade, and I want to share them all with you. What do you do when the pegs stick? What do you do when the pegs DON’T stick? What do you do when you hear a buzzing sound? I have answers to ALL of these questions and more.

Secret #3: If your peg is sticking and won't budge, or your peg will NOT stick and keep slipping, the peg is the problem and you need to address the peg itself. You need to make the peg fit better into the peg hole, physically. 

We are going to go over every possible way to do this is our live class How to Tune Without Breaking a String. Read on for details!

Let Me Ask You a Question.

If you followed what I showed you in Secret #1 and tuned your violin every day, and then you did what I showed you in Secret #2 and actually did guided drills on using the pegs and fine tuners to a point of utter competence and certainty, and then you used Secret #3 and adjusted your inexpensive beginner instrument with everyday, at-home items so it would be set up to tune properly every time, do you think you could be successful?

Are you feeling excited about the idea that you can actually do this? Or are you feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of having to tune every day?

It's impossible fo me to show you everything you need to get results in a single article, but I tried to cover as much as possible. 

I created a special workshop for those who are ready to learn how to tune confidently once and for all and want to take advantage of this new opportunity. I'd like to go over that with you now, if you're ok with that.

By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to:

TUNE WAY FASTER

  • Save time tuning with pro tuning hacks you won't find anywhere else.

USE YOUR EAR TO TUNE

  • Tune by ear, one string at a time.
  • Yes, we will actually show you how, and drill you on it to total confidence.

UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS

  • Know and understand all the parts of a violin related to tuning so you can be understood by others, including a luthier (someone who repairs violins).
  • Learn how to test if your violin is in tune, even if you've never played the violin yet.

PREVENT COSTLY BREAKAGE

  • Use an electric tuner with confidence and avoid common pitfalls that can lead to breaking a string.
  • Check that your violin is set up properly before you start tuning to prevent costly repairs and time waiting in the shop.

TROUBLESHOOT PROBLEMS

  • Fix slippery, sticky and stuck pegs and fine tuners.
  • Fix every common peg and fine tuner problem at home, on your own, and know which repairs must be taken in to a pro.

LEARN ADVANCED TUNING

  • Cut your tuning time in half with advanced tuning techniques for those playing 3 months or more already.


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