Learn how to tune your cello with our free cello 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 cello 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 cello. 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 cellists find it helpful to use a digital tuner to tune their cello, 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 cello fingerboard? Click here for fingering assistance: Cello Finger Placement or Cello Fingering Chart.
- If you need help changing your cello strings, visit our Changing Cello Strings section.
- Visit our Cello & Bow page to learn the parts of the cello, or Cello Basics section for a review of how to play the cello.
- After you have tuned your cello, visit our visit our exercise section to warm-up, strengthen and improve your cello playing with free cello scales and free cello exercises.
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