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Tuning

 

This first video is an introduction to a Tuning Exercise.

It will show you how to use a tuner in order to check the "steadiness" of your tone & pitch.

Tuning Video #1

This next video will introduce you to "listening for beats".

Tuning Video #2

 
 

If you don't have a tuner, but your computer has a built in microphone, you can use this link to a website that has an online tuner!

Click here for directions on how to use this linked tuner...
 
 
 

If you are interested in purchasing an inexpensive tuner, here's a link to this KORG tuner on Amazon.com

Listen to this video, to actually "SEE" what being out of tune looks like.

Tuning Video #3

 

Watch this video to hear two flute players who are closer to being in tune.

Tuning Video #4

 

Now, let's get your ear ready for tuning. The first step is being able to identify sounds that are out of tune, and sounds that are in tune...

Listen to the following examples, and tell me which recording is the best (in tune), the next best, the worst... etc.

Tuning Quiz #1

 
Flute Example 1 Example 2    
         
Bassoon (high Bb) Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
         
Trumpet Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
         
Trumpet (new note) Example 1 Example 2 Example 3  
         
French Horn (F) Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
         
Trombone Example 1 Example 2 Example 3  
         
Trombone (new note) Example 1 Example 2 Example 3  
         
Trombone (high Bb) Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
 
Tuba (high Bb) Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4
 
 
 

Tuning with another instrument requires that you have an OPINION.

After playing a tuning note together, you have to ask yourself: IS IT GOOD ENOUGH?

If the answer is NO... Move your slide!

If the answer is I DON'T KNOW... Move your slide!

If the answer is YES... listen again, and if you still feel that way, leave your tuning slide where it is.

 

You DON'T have to worry about if you are Flat or Sharp... I want you to listen to see if you are "matching" the pitch of the other player. If you move your slide in the wrong direction, it's simply going to sound WORSE! If you move your slide in the correct direction, it'll sound BETTER.

So, HAVE AN OPINION, and MOVE THAT SLIDE if you're not satisfied.

Always try to make it better!

 

Tuning Quiz #1

 

Directions:

Make sure you have warmed up, and then tune your instrument to a tuner.
Next, compare YOUR sound to the the one below that corresponds to your instrument.

Tell Mr.B : Did you have to PULL OUT to be in tune, or PUSH IN?

For extra credit: See if you can tune to the OTHER instruments! Do you have to pull out, or push in?

Good Luck !

Flute Trumpet
Oboe French Horn
Bassoon Trombone/Btn
Clarinet Tuba
Alto Sax