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murray@mpce.mq.edu.au Pitch pipe vs electronic tuner (60* d) RE: Pitch pipe vs electronic tuner 11 Jul 01


One danger with any free reed wind instrument is that you can accidentally "bend" the note. That is the pitch can depend upon the relative position of the top of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. So sometimes the pitch you produce will be a hair flatter than at others.

An electronic tuner has to choose tempering. Mine is both a guitar tuner and a chromatic tuner. It doesn't tell me which temperment is used for the chromatic. It should be mean temprament. Whatever it is, on an acoustic guitar (including classical ones) if it tunes up right for the key of C it won't be right for the key of E.

The best way to use an elec. tuner is to use it to tune up the strings and then really fine tune to make the tonic chord of the piece you are playing sound right.

I use the elec. tuner for two purposes. First to get my "A" string tuned to "A" (just lazyness--it is easier than using a tuning fork.). Secondlhy If the strings are way off, like when I am putting on new ones, I will tune up using a tuner. The instrument will be out of tune as soon as your fingers leave the tuning knobs and you will have to be retuned several times anyway.

A lot of that is nit-picking; but I believe that if you do get your chords tuned up exactly right they sound richer as well as less rough.

Murray


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