10 Best Violin Tuners – Standard & Clip-On (Includes Tuning Guide)

Best Violin Tuner

If you’ve been searching for a great violin tuner but just can’t figure out which one is best for you then I’m glad to say I can help.

There are millions of tuners out there and it’s hard to decide which ones are good value and which are just useless bits of plastic.

Maybe you’re a beginner looking for an easy tuner to use, or maybe you’re a professional who’s looking for something a bit more advanced.

Either way, I’ve got you covered.

Luckily, I’ve gone through quite a few in my time, so I’ve put together a list of the best violin tuners out there!

Snapshot: Top 10 Violin Tuners

  1. KLIQ UberTuner
  2. Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner
  3. D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner
  4. ENO Professional Violin Viola Tuner
  5. NEUMA Clip-On Tuner
  6. KLIQ MetroPitch
  7. Korg TM60BK
  8. NEUMA Metronome Tuner
  9. WINGO Digital Metronome, Tuner and Tone Generator
  10. Peterson StroboPlus

The 10 Best Violin Tuners in 2020

1. KLIQ UberTuner Review

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KLIQ UberTuner - Professional Clip-On Tuner for All Instruments (multi-key modes) - with Guitar,...
  • FAST & ACCURATE: Spend more time playing, and less time tuning. The UberTuner's advanced Micro Processor and highly sensitive Piezo Sensor will ensure your instrument is accurately tuned in a flash.

The KLIQ UberTuner is a classic clip-on electronic tuner. It has a swivel head, so you’ll be able to see the screen as you tune your violin by plucking the strings, or by playing with the bow – whatever you prefer.

It has a really nice bright screen that’s easy to read and use. As with most tuners, its screen has a gauge that goes from too flat, to in tune, to too sharp. If the gauge is yellow then it’s flat, if it’s red then it’s too sharp but if it’s green then you’re right on tune.

The KLIQ UberTuner picks up your violins vibrations so the noise around you won’t interfere with getting the perfect pitch, which is great! However, I have found clip-on tuners to be less durable in the past. They’re made out of two pieces, the swivel-head screen and the clip itself. Sometimes these two pieces can come apart in your backpack or if you accidentally drop your tuner.

Although, they do have a three-year manufacture guarantee, so if anything like that was to happen you’d get your money back in full.

I guess that means they’re pretty confident that their tuner will last you at least three years, right?

Pros

  • Picks up vibrations, so ambient noise won’t disrupt your tuning
  • Can be used on any instrument, so if you happen to play the guitar or ukulele as well, you can use the KLIQ for those too
  • The Screen is easy to read with a color code for sharp and flat
  • The clip-on feature makes it easy to use and harder to lose!
  • Comes with a 3-year money-back guarantee

Cons

  • The two parts can sometimes break apart, so it may not be very durable
  • You can only use it whiles it’s clipped on to your violin, so if you wanted to check your intonation whiles playing, it may cause buzzing or affect the sound of your violin

Final Thoughts on the KLIQ UberTuner

The only thing that usually puts me off clip-on tuners is that they don’t tend to last very long. So, the fact that KLIQ offers a 3-year money-back guarantee with no questions asked is definitely a huge positive. The screen is easy enough for even a child to read and it does the job perfectly well. At the end of the day, all we want is for our violin to be in tune, right?

A great, easy to read clip-on tuner with a money-back guarantee

 2. Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner Review

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Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner for Guitar, Bass & Violin (Current Model)
  • Full Color Display
  • Features frequency range tailored to guitar and bass
  • Tuner can be used on front of back of headstock,Rotates 360°

Snark is known for making some really great clip-on tuners and I’ve used their tuners forever. The SN5X can be used for a guitar, bass, or violin. So, if you happen to be learning them at the same time then you can easily use the same tuner for all three instruments.

It features a swivel-head that can rotate up to 360 degrees (I don’t know why you’d need it to, but good to know I guess). Do you know how I said I’ve used Snark tuners forever? Well, I’ve had to repurchase a few times because the little plastic bits that hold the swivel-head on can break and fall off quite easy. I’ve always repurchased anyway because I know they’re great quality and have great accuracy and, well, they’re pretty cheap.

I’d just make sure that you keep your tuner in a secure place rather than chucking it into your school bag with the rest of your books and things (oops).

Pros

  • 360० swivel head (for all your swiveling needs)
  • Can be used on a guitar or bass as well
  • The display is easy to read
  • Very affordable
  • Picks up vibrations rather than sound

Cons

  • Can break quite easily
  • It has to be clipped-on in order for it to work
  • No money-back guarantee

Final Thoughts on the Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner

Snark is usually my go-to for violin tuners because their tuners are always really accurate (and I’m a creature of habit). The Snark SN5X would be an excellent model for a beginner, as it’s pretty cheap and it does the job. However, I know from experience that it can break quite easily, so it’s maybe not one for the kids.

A really cheap clip-on violin tuner that does the job perfectly

 3. D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner Review

D'Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner
  • Features a non-marring, lever-lock clamp that holds the tuner securely to the instrument while allowing easy application and removal.
  • Built-in piezo transducer picks up instrument's vibration rather than sound
  • Tri-color reversible backlit LCD screen makes it easy to tune in dark environments

The D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner is made specifically for violins and violas, which I love. It’s great having a tuner that can work for more than one instrument, but if you only play the violin this D’Addario tuner is a great choice.

It’s tiny and instead of clipping onto your scroll, it clamps onto the upper bout of the violin so you can use it without anyone knowing (wink, wink).  The display is also pretty easy to read. If bars show before the note in the middle then it’s flat, if they appear after then it’s sharp and if the whole display is green, you’re in tune!

If you’re a beginner who’s really struggling with intonation and like to use a tuner as you practice, this is definitely the one for you. It picks up vibrations, so even if you’re playing in a group you can be assured it’s only listening to you.

The D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner also works as a silent metronome so again, it’s just amazing for practicing.

Pros

  • The small model would go virtually unnoticed by an audience (it’s not cheating, I swear)
  • Specifically made for violins and violas
  • Clamps onto the upper bout, rather than the scroll so it’s easier for use while practicing
  • Also functions as a metronome

Cons

  • May interfere with the way your violin sounds as it’s clipped on to the body
  • Only works whiles clipped on
  • It’s very small so might not be as durable as other clip-on models

Final Thoughts on the D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner

I really wish this violin tuner was around when I was learning to play. I love how discreet it is. Playing with a tuner on your violin (especially if you’re in an orchestra) can be a little embarrassing for kids or teenagers. There’s nothing wrong with needing a little help though! Plus, it will make you a better player in the long-run and that’s what matters, right?

Get pitch perfect with this discreet violin tuner – ideal for beginners!

 4. ENO Professional Violin Viola Tuner Review

eno Professional Violin Viola Tuner, Colorful LCD Display Easy Control Clip on Accurate Violin Tuner...
  • Colorful LCD display, LCD display will show the string NO. and note; Yellow flat, Red means sharp.
  • Suitable for: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass with Chromatic tuning mode;
  • Special big clip design, suitable big head of violins; More sensitive, easier control

This ENO Violin tuner works for violins, violas, cellos, and double bass. So, if you’re planning on starting a string quartet by yourself, this tuner has you covered. Just kidding, but it’s handy to have a tuner that works for the whole string family, right?

Unlike most violin tuners that clip on to the top of the scroll, this ENO tuner slides onto your tuning pegs and fits over the top of your violin strings. Now, I think that’s useful for picking up accurate vibrations, but it’s not the best if you want to use your tuner to check your intonation as you play.

However, this tuner is incredibly affordable, so depending on your budget you could probably put up with that for the cheaper price. It’s really easy to use though. All you have to do is select what instrument your playing, then you can just start tuning!

Pros

  • Easy to read display
  • Very affordable
  • Works for violins, violas, cellos and double bass’s
  • Picks up vibrations rather than sound
  • 360० swivel head

Cons

  • Slots onto tuning pegs rather than over the scroll (may cause more buzzing)
  • Only works whiles clipped on

Final Thoughts on the ENO Professional Violin Viola Tuner

The Eno Professional tuner is a cheap and cheerful tuner that does the job well. I’m slightly worried about the fact that it slots onto the tuning pegs as I feel like it could damage the wood (especially if your pegs aren’t made from ebony). However, if you only use your tuner for a couple of minutes at the start of each practice session, that won’t be an issue.

A cheap and cheerful violin tuner that works for the viola, cello and double bass as well

5. NEUMA Clip-On Tuner Review

NEUMA Clip-On Tuner for Guitar,Bass,Ukulele,Violin,Viola,Chromatic Tuning Modes,360 Degree Rotating,...
  • ✔【 Large & Rotational LCD Screen】This guitar tuner with 1.8-inch and 360° rotatable screen will provide you clear view experience with no shaking or ghosting. Easy to Read from Any Angle....

The NEUMA Clip-On Tuner is perfect if you’ve got a lot of different instruments on the go. It has 6 different tuning functions – chromatic, guitar, bass, violin, and ukulele. So, it will pretty much work for any stringed instrument which I love. Having different tuners for different instruments just gets confusing!

Plus, if you’re a group player then your bandmates can all use the same tuner. I don’t know about you, but I’m always so worried that clip-on tuners will damage the finish of my violin, so I love that this tuner’s clip is covered with soft silicone. However, its screen looks a little bit crowded.

Other than that it’s another great option, I’d say!

Pros

  • Soft silicone covered clips
  • Works for almost any stringed instrument
  • Picks up vibrations rather than sound
  • 360० swivel head

Cons

  • Only works whiles clipped on
  • May not be as durable as a standard electronic tuner
  • The screen is a little bit confusing

Final Thoughts on the NEUMA Clip-On Tuner

If you play a lot of different stringed instruments, you’ll love this tuner. It’s so handy having a “one size fits all” sort of tuner in your music room, or in your school bag. I’d say this tuner is targeted more at professionals rather than students because its screen isn’t quite as easy to read.

A great affordable violin tuner.

 6. KLIQ MetroPitch Review

KLIQ MetroPitch - Metronome Tuner for All Instruments - with Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele, and...
  • 3 IN 1 DEVICE: The MetroPitch combines a Tuner, a Metronome, and a Tone Generator, all housed in a pocket-sized device. The included carrying pouch makes for easy transport to your next gig or...

Here’s another gem of a tuner from KLIQ. This time it’s a standard electric tuner rather than a clip-on one though! As I mentioned earlier, some people prefer a stand-alone tuner to clip-on ones because they’re easier to use whiles your playing.

This KLIQ MetroPitch tuner can basically be used for all instruments, but it comes with Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele, and Chromatic Tuning Modes. I love how sleek and professional this tuner looks due to its metallic finish as well. Another thing I love is its tone generating function. It’s perfect for training your ear to recognize the right tone.

I think sometimes it’s easy to become dependent on your tuner, so a function like this is great for learning to tune by ear. It also works as a metronome. I mean, what can’t this guy do?

Pros

  • Works for almost any instrument
  • Sleek, durable design
  • Tone generation function
  • Metronome function
  • Comes with a protective sleeve
  • Pocket-sized

Cons

  • Could pick up ambient noise

Final Thoughts on the KLIQ MetroPitch

I much prefer standard electronic tuners to clip-on ones but, then again, I’m usually at home or in a quiet place when I’m tuning my instruments. I love how sleek and professional this tuner looks and I also love how durable it is. Yes, it’s a little more expensive but you’ll definitely get less wear and tear with this guy.

A lovely, sleek and sturdy professional violin tuner that will last a lifetime

7. Korg TM60BK Review

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Korg TM60BK Tuner Metronome, Black
  • Tuner and metronome functions can be used simultaneously or independently
  • Large backlit display for improved visibility; twice the battery life of the tm-50
  • A wide detection range of c1-c8 supports a broad range of instruments

I can guarantee almost all violinists will own a Korg tuner at some point in their life. It may not be as pretty as the KLIQ MetroPitch but Korg is known for creating reliable and precise tuners. The great thing about this tuner is that its metronome function can be used at the same time as its tuning function.

So, it’s definitely a great option for students. The one thing I’m not too keen on is its stand. It’s made from plastic and it’s just a little flimsy, so it tends to fall over quite often. It’s so frustrating when your tuners stand breaks because you have to do this weird crouching pose whiles you tune it and it’s just not ideal.

However, it is a little bit cheaper than the KLIQ Metropitch, so I suppose it’s to be expected.

Pros

  • Metronome and tuning functions can be used at the same time
  • Easy to read display
  • Has an earphone jack
  • Can be used for almost any instrument
  • Auto power-off function

Cons

  • The stand isn’t very sturdy
  • Materials aren’t as durable
  • The display isn’t color-coded
  • May pick up ambient noise

Final Thoughts on The Korg TM60BK

This is the ideal standard tuner for beginners. Being able to use both the tuning and the metronome function at the same time makes it perfect for practicing. Plus, it’s cheap and cheerful! The only thing I’m not a fan of is the flimsy stand, but as long as you look after it that won’t be an issue.

An affordable standard electronic tuner for students that’s perfect for practicing

8. NEUMA Metronome Tuner Review

NEUMA Metronome Tuner for Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele, Chromatic Instruments, 3 in 1 Digital Tuner...
  • ▶All in One- Combine Tuner, Metronome, Tone Generator together in a tiny body. Upgraded tech improve the precision. NMT-200 born to make your music time easier.

I absolutely love this tuner. Remember when I said choosing a clip-on or standard electronic tuner was just down to personal preference? Well, with this guy you don’t have to choose.

It has a tone generator function and a little clip that measures your instruments’ vibrations. Plus, its massive screen is really easy to read. The whole screen lights up green when your violin is in tune! The NEUMA Metronome tuner works for the guitar, bass, ukulele, and violin, so you’re sorted across the board with this guy. Also, it comes with AA batteries which are much easier to get your hands on than those tiny coin-shaped ones!

The only thing that might annoy some people about this tuner is the little wire that needs to be plugged in to measure the vibrations. So, if you’re prone to losing things, this tuner might not be for you.

Pros

  • Metronome and tuning function
  • Tone generator and a vibration monitor
  • Works on the guitar, bass, ukulele, and violin
  • Large, easy to read screen
  • AA Batteries

Cons

  • Flimsy wire for vibration detection

Final Thoughts on the NEUMA Metronome Tuner

I think the NEUMA Metronome tuner is a great option if you can’t decide between a clip-on or a standard violin tuner. It’s sort of the best of both worlds!

A clip-on/standard tuner hybrid, perfect for students who want a bit of both

9. WINGO Digital Metronome, Tuner and Tone Generator Review

WINGO Digital Metronome, Tuner and Tone Generator - 3 in1 Device(Black)-for Chromatic, Guitar,...
  • ✔ 3 IN 1 Device--- Metronome, Digital Tuner and Tone Generator, 3 function in 1 device for acoustic and electric guitar, chromatic, bass, ukulele,violin--battery included.

This tuner is very similar to the NEUMA Metronome tuner, but it’s a little cheaper (yay). It has a wire in order to use a vibration detector but it’s also got a tone generating function and a metronome  – everything you need.

I think it’s perfect if you sometimes have to tune-up in a noisier environment and don’t want to worry about ambient noise. The whole screen goes blue if you’re flat or sharp, so it’s really easy to read as well. The Wingo digital tuner also has a nice, sturdy metal stand.

Pros

  • Tuner, metronome and tone generator
  • Works on most stringed instruments
  • Color-coded, easy to read screen
  • Sturdy stand

Cons

  • Flimsy wire for vibration detection

Final Thoughts on the WINGO Digital Metronome, Tuner and Tone Generator

This is another great option for students and professionals alike, it’s got all the functions you need. Plus, it’s pretty cheap!

A great tuner for students and professionals alike with all the functions you need

10. Peterson StroboPlus Review

Peterson StroboPlus HD Desktop Strobe Tuner | Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele, Harp, Brass, Woodwind,...
  • TRUE STROBE 0.1 CENT ACCURACY - Accurate to 1/1000th of a Semitone or 1/1000th of a Fret
  • HIGH-DEFINITION BACKLIT DISPLAY - Can Display the Smallest Pitch Deviations
  • CHROMATIC PERFORMANCE - Automatically Displays Note and Deviation from Center Pitch

Professionals, listen up! Let me introduce you to your new best friend. I absolutely love the Peterson StroboPlus because it’s incredibly accurate. Plus, it’s really small, so it doesn’t take up much space in my violin case. It has the full 12-octave reference tones and functions as a metronome.

You can use it for basically any instrument which is fantastic as well. It’s also the only tuner I’ve ever owned that actually has a rechargeable battery. Can I get a hallelujah? I know it’s pretty pricey, but it’s definitely worth it.

Pros

  • 12-octaves of reference tones
  • Metronome function
  • Highly durable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Sturdy metal stand
  • Headphone jack
  • Made for professionals

Cons

  • A little bit pricey
  • Difficult to read for beginners

Final Thoughts on the Peterson StroboPlus

As a professional violinist, you don’t want to be buying a new tuner every couple of months! The Peterson StroboPlus is a really great high-end tuner. It’s definitely worth the money if, like me, you spend more time playing music than you do anything else.

An incredibly accurate, professional violin tuner

How to Tune Your Violin

Violinists always have their preferences when it comes to tuning their instruments.

Some favor electric tuners and some are adamant that tuning by ear is the only way to go. Personally, I think electric tuners are the best way to go. They’re more precise and a damn sight easier to use than your own ear. I mean, I don’t know about you but tuning isn’t my favorite pass-time, so I’d prefer to get it done ASAP. That way, I can get to playing sooner.

However, we all have our preferences, so I’ll give you a quick “how-to” for both methods.

Tuning by Ear

The standard tuning for a violin is to perfect fifths, G3, D4, A4, and E3. Now, tuning a violin by ear takes a bit of practice so it’s probably not the best method for beginners.

If you’re naturally gifted with perfect pitch (I’m jealous) then the easiest way to tune your violin by ear is to first remember what the perfect 5ths sound like. Try singing the notes first then just copy them onto your violin. Easy, right? Well, not really.

Most of us just have a relative pitch which is when you know the pitches of different notes in relation to each other. So, the easiest way to tune a violin by ear for the majority of us is to first use an external pitching aid, like a tuning fork, tube, or a piano.

Then once you’ve got the first string down, you can tune the rest in relation to that one. You with me?

How to Use an Electric Tuner

As I said, not many of us have the natural talent of perfect pitch, so using an electric tuner is by far the easiest way to tune your violin. There’s different kinds of electric tuners. Some measure the vibrations created by the strings and others listen to the pitch in order to guide you (I’ll get to that in a minute).

Generally, the screen will have a gauge that either falls to the left if your string is flat, to the right if it’s a bit sharp or right to the middle of the dial if it’s perfectly in tune. Electric tuners are easy enough for even young kids to use, so you’ll have no trouble once you get to grips with your model!

Different Types of Electric Violin Tuners

Now we’ve got the old fashioned fork and piano out of the way, let’s talk about electric violin tuners. I mean, you all know it’s the easiest way to tune your violin, but what you might not know is the differences between the types of violin tuners that are out there. The tuner that suits you best depends on what type of player you are and what you need your tuner for.

Clip-on Electric Tuners

As I said, generally speaking, most electric violin tuners will show you a dial with the note you’re attempting to play in the middle. The closer to the middle of the dial your little line gets, the more in tune your string is. Simple, huh?

Clip-on electric tuners tent to use the vibrations created by plucking your violin strings rather than the actual sound to determine whether it’s in tune or not. So, who would benefit from a clip-on tuner? If you’re an orchestral player or you usually have to tune your violin in quite a loud place, then the clip-on tuner is going to be your new best friend.

It doesn’t actually have to hear the sound of the string, so it doesn’t matter how loud your environment is, no external sounds will interfere with your tuning! Perfect.

Standard Electric Tuners

Standard electric tuners don’t have the clip-on function, which some people prefer (it’s really just down to personal preference). Often, they have more functions like the ability to sound out the perfect pitch. Then, you can hear whether your violin is in tune or not.

This can be pretty helpful for beginners who are training their ear to hear the perfect pitch. On top of that, they can be helpful for learning finger placement. You can keep it on as you play in order to see if your intonation is on point or not. They also have fewer parts, so tend to be a little bit more durable, depending on the make and model.

The downside, however, is that they need to be able to hear your violin to decipher the pitch. So, if you play in a noisy practice room, or you’re often back stage, a clip-on violin tuner is probably a better option.

There are Tuners for Everyone

Close up of a Violin Tuner

I think it’s safe to say that there’s a violin tuner out there for everyone.

Whether you’re a beginner with a tight budget or a professional who’s looking for a tuner to last a lifetime, I hope you’ve found what you’re looking for!

It really does all come down to personal preference when buying a violin tuner, so maybe try a clip-on one and a standard one if you’re not really sure what you’re looking for.

At the end of the day, as long as you’re playing with perfect pitch, it doesn’t really matter how you got there!

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