## Should I tune to equal or just temperament?

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## Should I tune to equal or just temperament?

For the purposes of this chart, it is assumed that C4 = 261.63 Hz is used for both (this gives A4 = 440 Hz for the equal tempered scale)….Just vs Equal Temperament (and related topics)

Interval | Ratio to Fundamental Just Scale | Ratio to Fundamental Equal Temperament |
---|---|---|

Major Third | 5/4 = 1.2500 | 1.25992 |

## What is 5 limit just intonation?

Five-limit tuning The 5-limit consists of all just intonation intervals whose numerators and denominators are both products of the primes 2, 3, and 5; these are sometimes called regular numbers. Some examples of 5-limit intervals are 5/4, 6/5, 10/9 and 81/80.

**What tuning did Bach use?**

The main tuning system in Bach’s time was called meantone temperament. This system sounds great in C major and nearby keys, but the further away you move on the circle of fifths, the worse everything sounds.

### What tuning did Mozart use?

Mozart, in 1780, tuned to an A at 421.6 hertz. The French standardized their A at 435 hertz in 1858. A little more than 20 years later, Verdi succeeded in getting a bill passed by the Italian Parliament to tune at A 432 hertz.

### Is a piano equal tempered?

Pianos are usually tuned to a modified version of the system called equal temperament. In all systems of tuning, every pitch may be derived from its relationship to a chosen fixed pitch, which is usually A440 (440 Hz), the note A above middle C.

**Are piano tuning to equal temperament?**

Pianos today are tuned in “equal temperament,” which means that each note is the same distance in pitch from its neighbours.

## Why is equal temperament out of tune?

Modern Pianos are all tuned using a system called “Equal Temperament”. In fact, you can’t use your ear to tune a Piano in equal temperament because our ears don’t hear notes in this manner. Piano tuners use a device and they need to know how much each note needs to be “out of tune” in order to tune a Piano.

## What is perfect intonation?

In music, just intonation or pure intonation is the attempt to tune all musical intervals as whole number ratios (such as 3:2 or 4:3) of frequencies. An interval tuned in this way is said to be pure, and may be called a just interval; when it is sounded, no beating is heard.