Why It’s Impossible to Tune a Piano

Why It’s Impossible to Tune a Piano

Pianos can’t be perfectly tuned – it’s a mathematical fact!
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Equal tempered tuning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_temperament

Just Tuning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_intonation

Harmonics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic

Pythagorean vs Just Tuning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaYOwIIvgHg

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19 Responses

  1. TWC says:

    These videos you make are just sad now. Unsubbed.

  2. Svart fra Sør says:

    Fuck it! This is why we do it live!

  3. Liverepus Genicide says:

    now i need a tuning fork to eat this sound pasta

  4. mrlifecrush says:

    you always make me feel a dumbass xD

  5. Mt_Xing says:

    Didn’t Bach write the entire Well Tempered Clavier in celebration when
    modern tuning was invented?

  6. Simon Stone says:

    But can you tune a mayonnaise?

  7. Kevin McGee says:

    Just temperament is the term you’re looking for. Tuned this way the piano
    would be perfectly in tune, but only for one key. Electronic instruments
    could easily fix all this out-of-tune-ness but don’t, for some reason.

  8. Alfred Anthony Scudiero says:

    This is all based on A=440. Have you calculated your ratios based on other

  9. NatchEvil says:

    Perhaps the imperfection of its harmonics is why I adore the piano so much?
    This oddness of pitch just makes me love it more for the instrument’s

  10. SkYtZo1 says:

    simple explanation incoming: frequency = how often an event occurs. in the
    case of sound, its how many times the bump part of the sound (the crest)
    hits your eardrum in one second’s time. in monitors, its how many times the
    screen refreshes in one second’s time. both are measured in hertz. Hertz is
    how many times an event occurs in one second’s time.

  11. Christopher Murray says:

    Sometimes I watch these videos, and even though it’s cool and informative,
    I still don’t understand it…

  12. Debauchery Dude says:

    I do a great job at tuning my skin flute.

  13. CaptainCat 15 says:

    as a musician, this was fascinating! i loved it

  14. Jonny Ramos says:

    What the heck just happened.

  15. monks9098 says:

    He mentioned viola! WE’VE BEEN RECOGNIZED

  16. Coco Tonka says:

    How about the upright bass, it’s also a bowed string intrument

  17. Lorenzo Rey Camejo says:

    This was awesome

  18. Jordan Leduc says:

    The name of the wind is such a great book! Everyone should support it so he
    can finally put his third one out, I’ve been waiting patiently for too long

  19. sunshineo23 says:

    Completely don’t understand!