INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: to what frequency(hertz) does everyone here set the instrument too?

 

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kedar
to what frequency(hertz) does everyone here set the instrument too? Jul 14, 2003 03:15 p.m.


hi.....
i am reallly curiuos as to what hertz is the sitar c# set to....
we here in india would set it on 440........c#
do people there is usa or eas of the world set it to 442?
take care
kedar
india/pune
Stephen
Re:to what frequency(hertz) does everyone here set the instrument too? Jul 14, 2003 04:35 p.m.


Kedar,
You might have made a typo error when you said 440hz = C#.
440hz actually = A. (Western) C = 523.3hz. I have read that an Indian C# does = a Western C, however.
Just out of curiosity, I am wondering why all the fuss about tuners and hertz. I have always been under the impression that these numbers are arbitrary when tuning an instrument that has moveable frets and the string length varies from instrument to instrument. I tune my instruments roughly with a tuning fork then find the sweetest tuning within about a half step +/-, then tune the rest of the strings from that. I really don't think I would need the tuning fork, but it does make it easier to check the next day to see that I'm close to where I was and not over-tighten a string.
Billy
Re:to what frequency(hertz) does everyone here set the instrument too? Jul 15, 2003 08:55 a.m.



Stephen (Jul 14, 2003 04:35 p.m.):
I tune my instruments roughly with a tuning fork then find the sweetest tuning within about a half step +/-, then tune the rest of the strings from that. I really don't think I would need the tuning fork, but it does make it easier to check the next day to see that I'm close to where I was and not over-tighten a string.

I agree that the is an optimal tonic for different instruments, but I think the use of a chromatic tumer is very similar to your using a tuning fork. Granted, some may use the tuner on all strings, but it gives a reference for day-to-day tuning. I'm guessing that it is especially helpful when playing with others, to ensure everyone is on the same sheet of music, so to speak.

We've been talking about chromatic tuners in another topic here; one thing to remember, is that most of these tuners do not restrict one to A=440 tuning; they can generally be calibrated to different frequencies.


Namaste',
Billy Enigmar Godfrey
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