432 Hz Tuning, also know as concert pitch, is making big waves in the music world and inducing fits of awesome. Considered by many to be the purest tuning for any musical instrument, 432 Hz tuning is said to do everything from "calm you down" to "repair DNA" and beyond. There are entire communities promoting this tuning, like the Denver 432 group. On the other hand, skeptics say the tuning feels dull and lends itself best to slow, legato music. Others are embracing the 432 Hz tuning and even using it for their writing, recording and playing of music. Not to be confused with Solfeggio Tuning, which is 528 hz and also purported to do great things. A good start to trying 432 Hz tuning is by starting with Standard Tuning in 440, then simply adjust your digital tuner to work at 432 and tune down. Once the guitar is tuned, play as usual and see if you can tell a difference. There is a certain mellowness to the tone, which lends itself well to slower strums.
France was the first to try and standardize pitch in 1859 when they passed a law making 435 Hz the standard. While there are no reports of anyone breaking this law, an international committee set it to 440 Hz in 1939. The composer Giuseppe Verdi was the first to voice his preference for 432 Hz tuning standard citing a more natural timbre and more in harmony with the universe. Orchestras are the most popular use of this tuning and the tuning fork was invented by the British musician, John Shore, in 1711. The fork was used as a pitch standard to tune musical instruments, a task for which they are still used today. The following image shows a comparison of the effects on water:
This image shows the reaction of these tunings on water at a microscopic level. There are others on the internet showing each note. It's certainly fascinating to see the organized artistic looking patterns compared to what looks ot be a blob. There have been other tests on water, using the human voice and some believe that water shows you which is best, without even listening. The vibrations causing these patterns look to be from another world. The difference between the two is beyond comparison so this is a topic that would silence any pessimist. There is plenty of research left to do on the tpoic.
To understand the popularity of 432Hz, you must first learn about the Schumann resonance which is named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who discovered the earths electromagnetic resonance to be 7.86 Hz. This low frequency emanates from the earth and is used in various forms of alternative therapy. This gets pretty “out there” for some while others will only tune their guitar to 432. According to some, playing and listening to music that has been tuned to 432Hz makes the body and mind resonate in a natural way, creating a sense of peace and well-being, regardless of the kind of music. Many people feel the 440Hz frequency does harm by causing stress, negative behaviors and unstable emotions. Still, it's the dominant tuning used across all music genres. Listening to 432Hz music is believed to resonate healing energy inside the body, releasing emotional blockages, and even expanding consciousness.
There are now conspiracy theories surrounding 440 and although many are pretty wild, top rated guitar tuners like the Polytune Clip skip the 432 frequency entirely, while others only start at 433. Could this be a deliberate attempt to stop people from achieving superior tone and even inner balance? It sounds like something from Spinal Tap 2 where musicians obsess over the topic and even get in arguments about it. Maybe the tuner companies don't even know about this tiny topic. A simple firmware update would add the frequency on models with USB ports. Cheaper tuners have their frequency range set in stone. Could a musical revolution be on the rise? Many classic hits from the 70s are in 432 and can be in heard in songs from Paul Simon and others.
One thing is for sure - People seem to be more stressed out than ever. Today's pop songs overpower us with excessive volume, shallow lyrics and needless repetition of unsavory lyrics. There seems to be a massive rift between todays polished hits and those oldies that capture a live performance. Our quantized world of robotic music seems to have lost the imperfections that made the classic songs human. Could electronic music benefit from a new tuning standard? It's even easier to change the timbre of instruments via software so experimentation is accessible. Recorded music has only been around for a hundred years. Before that it was all live, played by traveling gypsies and minstrels as well as live concerts from orchestras and opera singers. Tuning was all happening by ear using a tuning fork. Maybe this tuning is worth rocking out with some polka or metal songs.