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Tuning 432 instead of A-440 hz

432 hz tuning for guitar
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Even before Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894), standards for pitch existed going all the way back to Pythagoras in Ancient Greece and the Buddhist's gongs, bells and bowls. The tuning fork was even invented over 100 years before the birth of Hertz by British musician John Shore in 1711. 

432 hz, along with other close variations, was an "A" standard of the Western world. Before the Hertz frequency measuring system/standard, 432 hz as a pitch or tone was showing up throughout history and cultures from Tibet to Sumeria to Ancient Greece to how Stradivarius tuned his instruments. But ultimately, the "international" A-440 standard was adopted in the first half of the 20th century, resulting in decades long controversy and disagreement, which is now easier to explore via the internet. Otherwise, who'd really know or care, unless The History Channel picked up on it?

Searching "432 hz" (Google & YouTube) opens up all sorts of interesting stuff. There's even an iPhone app called "432 Player" which shifts your tunes 8 cents down.

Now, instead of going into excruciatingly, endless detail I'll leave it over to you to do your own research. It's pretty intriguing, and be prepared for a hefty dose of new age, metaphysical & conspiracy content. Nonetheless, the history is very interesting as it delves into the fundamentals of music's relationships to healing and higher states of consciousness, and connects plenty of dots.

You'll quickly find out why, we should theoretically be tuning down 8 cents below the 440 standard. It's up to you to determine the validity, of course.

And as you wander and ponder through the information, ask yourself, "Why do we bother listening to music, anyway?"


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