How to Tune a Piano Blog

Step-by-step procedure & proper tools

This piano tuning blog is a companion to our How to Tune a Piano Yourself tutorial. In this blog we expand on the tutorial with new information and perspectives on do-it-yourself piano tuning. If it is your first time here, visit the tutorial first.

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Software Tuners for Piano Tuning

I prefer a physical, hardware tuner for its simplicity. However, there are many software apps for laptops and smart phones, from the simple to fully-featured tuning software for professional tuners. These advanced programs will actually calculate octave stretch (See "Stretching Octaves" in the discussion below), guide a pitch raise, and even tune to an alternate temperament other than equal temperament.

To use our method, any of several simple tuners will work. Cleartune is a basic chromatic tuner we can recommend.

The major developers in the professional piano tuning software and hardware space offer smartphone apps as well as desktop/laptop platforms. All have their own learning curves which we will not go into here. Even if you use CyberTuner, TuneLab or Verituner, the other parts of our piano tuning tutorial still apply.

  1. Reyburn Cybertuner is the most advanced professional tuner and the most expensive.
  2. TuneLabTuneLab Piano Tuner is a professional piano tuner app that is the least expensive.
  3. Verituner is another advanced ETD.

For more about piano tuning, see our tutorial home page. For more information about software based tuners, check out this guide.

01/05/13