If you're reading this article, then you probably already own a wind chime or several of them, and you are wondering how to tune wind chimes properly. Don't worry, as doing this isn't quite as hard as it sounds, and we've got your back.
Tuning wind chimes will require some investment of money on your part. This is because the only way to change the sound that the wind chime produces is by replacing some of the chimes it has.
Read on to find out about altering the music your wind chimes are making, and subsequently, how to build and assemble a wind chime.
How to Tune Wind Chimes
Wind chimes are well known for the soft and pleasant sounds they produce, which can make you feel calm and collected when listening to them. Furthermore, they are an instrument that is played by the wind, and what you hear depends on pure chance combined with the will of the weather.
The frequencies of these sounds are largely predetermined by the length, thickness, and material of the chimes. It's pretty easy to interchange these, and if you can't decide on your favorite combination of chimes, you can keep spares at hand and make replacements whenever you wish to.
In the next section, we will talk about the differences in sound considering various dimensions and materials of the chimes.
There is a multitude of materials that can be used to create a wind chime. As long as the material isn't easily shattered, and is making some kind of sound, there is a wind chime somewhere in the world guaranteed to be made out of it.
We can't really explain the nuances in music that are varying between these options, but we can show you some pointers that will help you get a general feel of what will happen. Other than that, you will have to test the differences for yourself.
For example, wind chimes made out of metal are more prone to vibrating than those made out of glass or wood. This means that the sound produced by them will last longer. Additionally, softer metals like copper will create a more melodic sound, while the music being made by harder metals, such as steel, will sound much harsher and severe.
Good-quality wind chimes made out of wood are the hardest to find, but they are a favorite of wind chime enthusiasts all around the world. The sounds they make are naturally quieter than those made by steel pipes, but they have a unique feel to them that you will only appreciate after hearing a wooden wind chime in real life.
The dimensions and shapes of wind chimes are two other factors hugely attributing to the sounds they create. There is even more variety in this category than in the one talking about different manufacturing materials related to wind chimes.
Distinct Chime Types
First of all, there are two main types of chimes that are entirely unrelated to their length or thickness. They can come in the form of pipes or rods. There is a third category, and it's the wind chime bells, but they are rarely used and deserve a whole other article talking about them.
Pipes tend to produce more deep sounds, which last for the most extended period of time, thanks to their specific shape. They are most often used in wind chimes put in Buddhist temples and pagodas in Asia.
Rods, on the other hand, have a much sharper sound, and they sound louder than tubes or bells. This doesn't mean that they aren't melodic, but they just sound more modern and are louder than the rest.
This is the third significant thing to worry about when planning to alter the way your wind chime sounds. However, it is not as complicated as the previous two, and it's pretty easy to comprehend.
The thickness of the wind chimes is something that will seriously change their sound. Naturally, more thick ones will sound a lot deeper and louder, while the thinner ones will have higher frequencies.
No one can really determine the noise a wind chime would make if it somehow became shorter or longer than it currently is. Still, there are differences between wind chimes of the same thickness and material but have different sizes, so the only way to find that out is by testing them.
If you were wondering how to tune wind chimes, now you know that the only way to do that is by removing the pipes or rods it currently has and putting different ones. These differences that affect the sound are mainly related to the material a chime is made out of, their dimensions, and their shapes.
We recommend visiting a local shop and talking to an expert in wind chimes, or just testing out different sounds until you find the one you like.