Learn how to tune your viola with our free viola tuning directions
(click on the letter to hear the note)
- An "A" tuning fork, digital tuner, pitch pipe or a piano may be used to assist with tuning.
- The viola is tuned to the following notated pitches (click on the note to hear the pitch):
- Fine tuners or pegs may be used to tune the viola. 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 violists find it helpful to use a digital tuner to tune their viola, and some models detect and display when the note being tuned matches the desired pitch. Visit our Music Store - Rosin & Accessories page for a sampling of tuners.
- Need help knowing where to place your fingers on the viola fingerboard? Click here for fingering assistance: Viola Finger Placement or Viola Fingering Chart.
- If you need help changing your viola strings, visit our Changing Viola Strings section.
- Visit our Viola & Bow page to learn the parts of the viola or Viola Basics section for a review of how to play the viola.
- After you have tuned your viola, visit our visit our exercise section to warm-up, strengthen and improve your viola playing with free viola scales and free viola exercises.
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