Tuning Fork

Use to establish a standard pitch for tuning other instruments

A "Tuning Fork" is a small, metal tool consisting of a slender stem with two prongs that form a "U" shape. When struck, it produces a consistent and specific musical pitch, serving as a reference for tuning musical instruments.

Tuning forks are precision instruments used to establish a standard pitch for tuning other instruments. Each tuning fork is manufactured to vibrate at a specific frequency, which corresponds to a particular musical note. The most common pitch for a tuning fork is A440, which means it vibrates at 440 Hertz (Hz) and represents the A above middle C on the piano.

To use a tuning fork, one simply strikes it against a surface or another object to set it into vibration. The resulting sound wave produces a pure and unchanging tone with a well-defined frequency. Musicians then compare the pitch of the tuning fork's tone to the pitch of the corresponding string or note on their instrument. If the two pitches match, the instrument is in tune.

Tuning forks are especially useful in situations where electronic devices may not be available or practical for tuning. They are commonly used for tuning string instruments like violins, cellos, and guitars, as well as other instruments such as pianos and wind instruments.

While tuning forks were historically employed for their accuracy, modern electronic tuners and digital technology have become more prevalent in today's musical settings. Nevertheless, tuning forks remain a reliable and compact tool for achieving accurate tuning, making them a valuable asset to musicians and music educators alike.

Example of Tuning Fork

440Hz sound fork & guitar 音叉とギター