Tuning a Mandolin using a Piano

Tuning your mandolin with a Piano or Keyboard is a simple task. It is pretty easy and good for beginners because your only playing open strings on the mandolin, so you can have a free hand to turn the pegs while the piano and the mandolin are resonating. It's also better because you can tune each individual string, instead of getting one reference string and tuning the rest of the strings to it.

Open Strings - Down below I will talk about playing Open Strings. To play an Open String means to play a string without fretting anything. So that's why it's called Open.

Tuning your mandolin to a piano or keyboard

This picture shows you how to tune a mandolin in the standard GDAE tuning. The picture above shows you each string on the mandolin, it's same note on the Piano or Keyboard. Mandolin strings are in 4 pairs of 2 strings that are tuned to the same note. Just follow the picture for each individual string and tune the string until it matches the keyboard or piano. Just play each string open, you don't have to fret anything. Make sure you use the 'Middle C' on the picture as a reference point so you don't tune your mandolin an octave too low, or too high.

Congratulations on tuning your mandolin!

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re: "Tuning a Mandolin using a Piano"
Not a good idea - the weight of the piano was far too great - totally crushed my mandolin!
Would definitely advise use of hands in future.

by adam gaunt on

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by wily pilco on

Thank you, but is that G D A E all sharp
or sol-re -la mi sharp ?would you please explain that.

by John on

Mandolin tuning

Very educational love
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by Aldric farrell on

Mandolin tuning

Very educational love
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by Aldric farrell on

Nice and easy, just what I was looking for. :)

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