The answer will depend on the instrument. String violins, for example, are easier to learn because they are tuned with a 1:2:2 rhythm.
The reason they’re easier to learn is that the strings are tuned to be tuned to 1:2:2, like they would if you were playing the violin. (In fact, if the strings were tuned to 1:4:4, as the modern violins are set up, the whole spectrum of pitch range would be within 1-2 octaves from the original.)
A violin is actually just a combination of strings that are tuned to 1:2:2. You might think of the string as a set of parallel gears that are arranged within a single string.
The most difficult string will not be the very worst, but the most delicate; it will usually be very hard to find it, and will tend to be the most difficult to tune.
Strings will often be tuned by one or more of the following:
The instrument makers will use a tuning table, which basically indicates which range of pitch the instrument has.
The tuning scale usually has a single note for tone.
The tuning scale typically has 12 notes (or a octave, which is 2-3 notes for every note in the tuning scale).
If you are looking for a very specific string type, or are having trouble with tuning something, then the best option (when in doubt about what you can/should consider a “string”) is to try some lower tunings, like -12 and -8; most people find that these are more convenient than the -8s and -12s we are used to hearing in concertina, and are far easier to make precise notes on.
One more thing: When you’re tuning your instrument, you are effectively “tweaking” the strings. Not just adjusting the pitch of the strings, you are also adjusting the resonant frequency that is part of the sound— the frequency that you feel your instruments have and will produce.
For example, if you tune a violin, you are “tuning” the strings to produce a much higher sound in that pitch range than a violin played with a string system that has a similar resonant frequency.
The following is the updated version of last week’s post. I originally published the draft in November, just after I completed my Masters dissertation research at Harvard University, and then decided that, while it was useful to me