Part II of The History Of Guitar Tuners

I hope you enjoy part two of the history of the guitar tuners which will hopefully give you insight into the world of guitar tuners and how they can benefit guitarists.

Also, this post should help give some context and background when it comes to choosing the best guitar tuners for both your electric and acoustic guitars.

The lute was the main instrument in his day and there were belief systems that were  peculiar and peculiar  to this instrument at that time. Later it was Galileo and finally Newton who would continue this discourse on the principles of acoustics and sound. Regardless ,throughout the ages and cultures it has been expressed that where more than one is gathered to play instruments there has been a need for a uniformity of pitch.

Since the tuning fork was created in 1711 many people have advanced on the concept and the standard pitch at which groups would play has evolved and changed over time. This means that what Bach played and what we play today of his material is going to sound different. It was in 1925 that this country adopted the use of the A440 as standard pitch and this would be in the jazz circles that this first occurred. Therefore it can be said  that we are not ‘in tune’ with our ancestors historically but we are ‘in tune’ with our contemporaries through, initially, the tuning fork.

As the sound of the  monochord was used by Pythagorus ( 580 b.c – 500 b.c. ) for mathematical problems, the aims of the guitar tuners has been used in other arts. The tuning fork has been used in certain clocks and is used as a diagnosis for deafness. It was in 1550  in Italy a G Cardono that discovered that sound could be transmitted through the skull as well as the air. The tuning fork has been used then as a diagnostic tool for neurological deafness therefore and is still used today. Others have used conductive type acoustics to create patterns of sand formed through the emission of sound via the tuning fork. Some believe it to be a technique for healing. Personally I believe it is a great tool to have in the endeavors of keeping your instrument in tune. I have had the same one for over twenty years and it works as well today as it did when I first bought it. I use it to tune the high “A” as well as the lower “A” s on the guitar.  On the mandolin or violin this A440 matches the open “A” and on the guitar this same note would be the “A” on the fifth fret 1st string. In all cases and in whatever instrument you use it is a good technique for developing the ear to gain sensitivity to pitch.

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