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Tuning Your Cello

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Tuning the Cello

Cellos are tuned by turning the pegs the strings are wrapped around. Tightening the string raises the pitch; loosening the string lowers the pitch.

Many cellos also have fine tuners mounted on each string near the tailpiece.  With these the tension of the string can be adjusted more gradually by turning the small screw.   Cello digital tuner

 Cellos are tuned C-G-D-A, with C being the lowest string.

 The easiest way to tune a cello is with an inexpensive  digital tuner.  Many not only create a note to tune to but also have a display that indicates which direction the string needs to be tuned and when it's tuned correctly.

 Pitch pipe for tuning a cello

 An alternative method is to use a pitch pipe, piano, or other instrument to create the pitches to tune to.

  Tuning fork

Experienced players sometimes use a tuning fork.  An A-440 tuning fork creates the pitch for the A string.  From that reference point a cellist tunes each of the other strings, recognizing the correct intervals between them.