[Last Update: Dec 4th, 2024]

Here is a free online mandolin tuner that allows you to tune any musical instrument in the mandolin family. With this mandolin tuner (embedded tool from ProGuitar.com) you can:

  • Tune with a microphone (easier), by letting the online mandolin tuner use your computer’s mic to “hear” your mandolin’s sound and then tell you if you need to loosen or tighten the string using the tuning peg, or
  • Tune by ear (in case your mic is not working or your browser does not support flash), by pressing the corresponding vertical buttons to hear the note and then use the corresponding tuning peg to match your mandolin’s string sound to it

Instructions

Mandolin Tuning with a mic

  1. Press “Click to use flash” displayed in a small grey button at the middle of the tool, and then “Allow” at any other notification displayed.
  2. Click on the vertical Instrument selection box .
  3. Select the instrument you are tuning.
  4. Pluck the string you are tuning, and tighten or loose the corresponding tuning peg until the indication is correct

Step-by-step

I usually start with the G string pair (thickest), and continue with the other pairs (D, A, E) till the mandolin is fully tuned:

  • Identify the G strings and G tuning pegs using the image below.
  • Pick one of the G strings of the pair, and see if the online mandolin tuner shows your are in-tuned.
  • Tighten or loosen the corresponding G tuning peg, till you have a match.
  • Repeat for both strings of each pair (G, D, A, E)

Note: If you turn one tuning peg of the pair and the sound does not change, stop turning to avoid breaking the string. You are possibly turning the wrong peg. Please try the other peg of the pair!

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MANDOLIN RESOURCES – TUNERS

D’Addario NS Micro Clip-On Tuner

    • Highly precise clip-on tuner for a wide range of instruments including guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and more
    • Discrete, highly compact design hides behind the headstock and is small enough to leave on every instrument you own – get one for each case
    • Extremely accurate chromatic tuning based on vibration, no sound or cable input required
    • Adjustable ratchet mechanism and reversible screen allows for placement on front or back of headstock
    • Visual metronome feature for additional practice aid
The feature-packed tuner your audience will never see.
True to its name, the NS Micro Clip-On Tuner features a low-profile design that can barely be seen by the audience while the clear and bright display can be seen easily by the player. The highly compact design even allows the tuner to be kept on the guitar while stored in its case. At a stealthy 1.25 inches, it’s the best performance they’ll never see.

SNARK SN-8

The SN-8 Snark Super Tight Chromatic Instrument Tuner provides a solid stay-put clip-on direct connection to your instrument. Has more precise tuning, and advanced features! Power saving feature: tuner display will dim after 5 seconds of no sound detected. This conserve battery power. Display returns to normal brightness when a note is detected. If no notes are detected for 2 minutes, tuner will shut off.

Improved Full Color visual display with larger improved frequency lines making it an easy read. It can be used in practice or live giging situations. Other features: tap tempo metronome, pitch calibration, and a transpose feature for tuning guitars with capo. Internal vibration sensor detects notes by clipping on directly to instrument.

  • Snark SN-8 Super Tight Tuner
  • Super Tight Tuning
  • Faster Brighter EZ Read Display
  • Display Rotates 360 degrees.
  • Tap Tempo Metronome.
  • Includes ChromaCast Guitar Pick Sampler.

CHERUB TUNER-METRONOME

Τhis Cherub WMT-555C is a versatile little equipment, as it is:

    • a mic-based tuner
    • a tuner that senses the vibrations of the instrumentvia the clip-on pickup
    • a metronome that supports a great variety of tempos and note values
    • a silent metronome realised via the included earphone
    • a multi-instrument tuner with the supported tuning setting

So, this tuner is a valuable tool for practising at home and also for tuning even in noisy environments (yes I consider a gig to be noisy!).
You will find the tuner to be very versatile, as it can be set for standard tuning, all notes, common alternate tunings, including F, Bb, Eb. You can even set the reference pitch. The default reference pitch is A=440.0 Hz tuning, but pro musicians, especially classical musicians, can set the reference pitch from 435Hz to 445Hz.

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If you have reached here, it probably means you have tuned your mandolin! I am so happy for you! Thank you so much for spending your time trying my online mandolin tuner and instructions.

Please leave me a message to inform me how much time it took you to tune your mandolin.

If you did not manage to tune it, also leave me a message describing your experience, and also check other posts below:

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