Can i tune my bass with..........

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by FleaRHCP, Apr 19, 2001.

  1. FleaRHCP


    Mar 26, 2001
    Rockford, MI
    Can i tune my bass to a piano?:eek:
  2. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    I don`t exactly know what you mean.

    If you want to ask if you can tune the pitch of the strings while listening to the same notes on a piano... yes you can.
    But I play for about a year know, and I´m still not perfectly able to hear the right tuning...

  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    As long as the piano's in tune, yes.
  4. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    You can tune a bass but you can't tuna fish.
  5. Ïn±ë®nål¦P®ÏMå±Ë

    Ïn±ë®nål¦P®ÏMå±Ë Guest

    Feb 14, 2001
    That was just horrible! lol!

    I wonder why it made me laugh though??? lol!
  6. dytakeda


    Jul 18, 2000
    A bass IS a fish!
  7. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    Well... You can tune a piano to standard and tune a bass to standard, so I'm assuming they'd both be in tune then, wouldn't they?

    You could even play along with a piano while in drop d or 1/4 step down or whatever. It's all a matter of how you want to sound.
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member


    Find the appropriate keys on the keyboard and have someone play and hold them one at a time as you tune your strings to them.
  9. Aww man that's so REO Speedwagon.:D
  10. I want it on record that I disagree with the above statement. You can tune your bass to a piano, even if the piano is out of tune. And I'll take that one step farther and state that, if you tune your bass to an out of tune piano, your bass will be in tune - relative to the out of tune piano. You can trust me on that - I have one of those 'official columnist'-looking pics for an avatar.

    Oh, and you CAN tuna fish! (get it?) Can... tuna....
  11. Now I disagree - you CAN TUNA DOLPHIN but that's a mammal - not a fish......

    (Ok - it's 2-34 on Friday afternoon - I'm so looking forward to the weekend :))


  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Of course! Virtually every music class or workshop I've ever attended has started with the tutor saying that we should tune up and everyone tuning to an 'A' from the Piano. I've always tuned to my keyboard at home, which is digital and can't be out of tune - I prefer this and although I have a tuner, I feel I get a better overall sound in terms of intonation when I tune to the keyboard as opposed to the tuner.
  13. BassistJ


    Mar 20, 2001
    Hemet, CA USA
    No! Absolutely not! What are you thinking?! Tuning to...oh, a piano. Nevermind. I thought we were talking about tuning a bass to a tuna fish.
  14. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    :rolleyes: :) Yes, and that's all well and good if it's a bass/piano duet. If you tune EVERYONE (guitars, sitar, banjos, etc.) to the piano, then you'll all be in tune to each other. But if the piano is off, and some schmoe pulls out a tuner, it's all out of whack.

    And just you wait... someday I'll have an official looking avatar... you'll be sorry then... :)
  15. i have found that if you are playing a wedding or party with a big tent over the dance floor if properly installed the strap holding the tent poles will play a C, kind of harder than using an open string but it can be done.