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Can you help us fine-tune Pinterest?

Mrs. Werkzeuger has a Pinterest account and it's driving her crazy. Specifically, how do you teach it to not bombard you with bible quotes and weight loss advice? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Sep 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Can I teach myself to tune a piano using only the internet as a teacher?

Some people say this is a skill one cannot teach oneself; an apprenticeship is necessary.
posted by Opengreen on Dec 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Thicker strings on a Tenor Guitar

Can I use higher gauge strings on a Tenor Guitar? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Apple Tuning House

WebSite Filter: Looking for a website of a company who beefs-up Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers and then leases them (with support) to studios. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Dec 23, 2012 - 2 answers

How does Db Major differ from D Major?

Do the keys of 'D major' and 'Db Major' sound different on a modern piano? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Oct 6, 2012 - 19 answers

It sounds awesome, unless it doesn't! How is the perceived pitch of my recording changing on different sound systems?

My recording sounds fine on some sound systems, but occasionally seems off-pitch on other setups. I have no idea what's going on. Help me understand this, and prevent it in future? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Aug 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Bluesy jailhouse band, Cool Hand Uke, needs instrument repairs

What's the deal with my new uke? What do I need to do to get it in tip top playable uke condition? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 answers

What causes strings to go false?

What causes strings to go false? [more inside]
posted by estherhaza on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 answers

How does Sheryl Crow play 'Chances Are' on guitar - non-standard tuning?

How does Sheryl Crow play 'Chances Are' on guitar - non-standard tuning? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Oct 24, 2011 - 3 answers


I'm putting a new string on my cello for the first time. How close should I be able to get with the pegs before switching to the fine tuners? In other words, how powerful are the finer tuners? (It might be cello-dependent, I don't know.)
posted by hoyland on May 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Where can I find the right tuning pegs for a Fender Starcaster Acoustic?

Fender Starcaster Acoustic: Can you help me find the right tuning pegs? (Picture links inside) [more inside]
posted by double block and bleed on Apr 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Do acapella choirs naturally gravitate to more consonant tunings?

Do acapella choirs naturally gravitate to more consonant tunings? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Jan 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I replace a broken tuning peg on my friend's guitar myself?

Is replacing the machine head something that has to be done by a professional? If so, what does it usually run to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Dec 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Tone deaf for B?

When I try to tune a stringed instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp), the B string always sounds off to me, no matter what I do. Why? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Bike Tune-up For Dummies?

Tuning (trueing) a bike's tires (spokes) for dummies? [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Jun 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Please suggest songs that use a guitar in D tuning

Please suggest some songs that I could play on a guitar in D tuning. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Pro Musician Tuning Tips?

Help a professional musician with tuning! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Strobe Tuners

I need help buying a strobe tuner for a gift. I know nothing about them. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Online guitar instruction?

Is there a great, free website where a child with no prior experience can learn to tune and play her new guitar? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 13, 2009 - 2 answers

Getting my guitar strings changed is stressing me out.

Two questions regarding getting my acoustic guitar strings replaced at the local music shop. [more inside]
posted by gtr on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Q:what does a timpanist do? A:hits a big-ass drum

I've unexpectedly found myself playing timpani for a local open orchestra. Any tips on tuning/technique? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Sep 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Do-do-do-do dooo, ouch goes my ears...

Can anyone recommend a good piano tuner near Toronto? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Aug 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Help me become an autoharpy

I recently purchased a used autoharp, and it's been languishing in a corner as I try to figure out how to get started with it. [more inside]
posted by quatsch on Aug 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Songs for Guitar in Open D?

What are some good songs to play on a guitar tuned to open D (or E)? [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards on May 30, 2008 - 14 answers

I prefer "the people's guitar."

Can I actually play my toy guitar? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Getting started with acoustic guitar.

So, this afternoon I am going to pick up my first guitar. What's the best way to get started? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Apr 10, 2008 - 31 answers

Dobro n00b seeks advice

I need advice on learning to play Dobro-style guitar. Is there a tuning that's easier to learn on than the others? How about steels--what's the best to start with? I have a "resophonic" guitar, an Epiphone with a radiused neck. I just ordered a squareneck nut extender & I want to start learning now.
posted by RussHy on Mar 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Strings for a cello tuned BEAD

Recommend strings for a cello tuned BEAD (low to high). [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Sep 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Why does almost sounding right kind of sound wrong?

Guitar tuning through harmonics: Could you fine fine folks explain the physical/mathematical principles behind the increased "distortion" as two guitar strings being tuned through harmonics approach being tuned? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on May 19, 2007 - 24 answers

Guitar goes out of tune

Is it normal for a guitar to go out of tune like this? [more inside]
posted by tabulem on May 3, 2007 - 15 answers

Identifying beats in notes

Does anyone have tips on training ones ear to identify small differences between notes? [more inside]
posted by rasputin98 on Nov 26, 2006 - 10 answers

bicycling restoration clues

My 20+ year old low end racing Trek bicycle is coming back to me. I need to restore it to working condition. I'm going to go to the bicycle kitchen to do the work but before I do that I'd like to read a bit. What books can a mechanically naive cyclist read to learn about tuning a bike?
posted by rdr on Sep 28, 2006 - 5 answers

Is there a site with a ukulele tuning guide?

Is there a site with a ukulele tuning guide? I have seen one for guitar were you press the button and it makes the sound the sting is supposed to make when strummed. I cant seem to find one like that for my ukulele though.
posted by Suparnova on Mar 20, 2005 - 8 answers

How do I tune a shortwave receiver?

Does anyone here know how to tune a shortwave receiver that has bandspread and main tuning dials? [more inside]
posted by alumshubby on Oct 23, 2004 - 4 answers

My wireless Mac and wired PC transfer to each other at 2.5 MB/s. Can I speed this up any?

I've got a network in my home - one PC, connected by wire to the router, and one Apple, connected by an Airport card (which I believe is 802.11G). The fastest speed I can get transferring files from one to the other is 2.5MB/s, which seems slow. Am I right, or is this standard?
posted by ascullion on Oct 21, 2004 - 4 answers

Acoustic guitar - my B string keeps breaking.

Acoustic guitar question: I wonder if anyone is familiar with this problem. I have an old steel-string guitar, where the B-string breaks every time I tune it to the right pitch. Every other string is fine. Has anyone ever encountered this problem? Is it fixable?
posted by inksyndicate on Mar 29, 2004 - 8 answers


Odd Ethnic Croatian instruments...I found my dad's old bugarija, and took it to the local folk-music shop to get restrung. They gave me strings based on the thirty-year-old strings that were on the thing. I looked online and foud out that the instrument is commonly tuned to an open D, but there's no way I can wind the strings up that tight without breaking stuff. If possible, I'd like to tune it like a guitar's top strings, and leave the bottom two strings as a drone and octave ('chorus'), but don't really know what my options are. My dad hasn't played it in 40+ years so he's no help...any one know anything 'bout a bugarija? One other thing: it's got five tuning pegs, but both the nut and the bridge have seven slots, with different spacing. Anyone know what the heck is going on?
posted by notsnot on Mar 6, 2004 - 10 answers

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