Our free viola tuner is the easy way to tune your viola on the go. Simply click “Play” on the note that you’re trying to tune your viola to and “Stop” once you’re done. It’s that simple.
How Do You Tune a Viola?
The viola tuner above will help you get your viola in perfect tune! But how do you use it? Follow these steps to get your viola in tune.
- Beginning with the A string. Press “Play” next to A above to begin playing the tone.
- If you have fine tuners, start by turning them to try to match the pitch being played. If the sound your viola makes gets more dissimilar to the pitch, try turning the other way.
- If your viola is really out of tune (or you don’t have fine tuners), you may need to use the pegs to make large adjustments. First loosen the string by rotating it towards you (if you’re holding it on your shoulder). To raise the pitch, tighten the string by rotating the peg away from you. Continue playing the string to see if the pitch gets closer. Caution: Don’t overtighten! Turning the pegs too tight can lead to the string breaking. Instead, rotate it a few millimeters at a time.
- Repeat for the remainder of the strings.
For a visual of how to tune, you can watch the video below.
Best Physical Viola Tuner
If you’re looking for something that you can take with you to your next rehearsal or practice that’s not online, we highly recommend the Korg TM50. You can read more about our favorite tuners in our guide to the best tuners for viola.
Best Tuner Apps
If you’re looking for a standalone tuner app that you can download to your phone, then we’ve also got you covered. We previously wrote about the best tuner apps that you can get from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Read about our favorite tuner apps here.