cheap auto chromatic tuner

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by papaschtroumpf, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. papaschtroumpf

    papaschtroumpf New Friend

    May 31, 2009
    Do you guys have a recommendation for a good but cheap auto chromatic tuner? I'm trying to he my kid "hear" when he's out of tune, and I'm thinking a tuner maybe one way to train his ear. He's into gadgets like most boys his age so it should make it fun for him.
    I want an auto chromatic model, i.e. a model that automatically detects the closest note, tells you what it is, and how far off you are.
    Easy to read display, common battery type (not the watch batteries) and/or AC adpater would be good too.
  2. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

    A tuner can do that, but i don't think it works as well as playing with some other note as reference (drones and the like)
    You get a better sense in your ear when it is out compared to something

    (however a korg guitar tuner is pretty cheap if i recall correctly)
  3. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    Korg makes a cheap but good chromatic tuner. It does not run off electricity only batteries, but is priced between 20 and 25 dollars.
  4. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    I can´t help wondering if your son maybe
    should learn how to listen for the beat
    frequencies instead. Reading a result on
    the scale of a measuring instrument isn´t
    really what happens in real, live playing.

    Let´s say he one day joins an orchestra.
    There will be no scale to tell him if he´s
    out of tune then!

    So, if you buy him a chromatic tuner, make sure
    that he listens for the beat frequencies, and
    that he doesn´t check the scale.
  5. prof5

    prof5 New Friend

    Mar 4, 2005
  6. papaschtroumpf

    papaschtroumpf New Friend

    May 31, 2009
    it's not an end in itself, but a tool for him to check himself and train his ear.
    We're also doing some listening of CDs, etc...
    I don't want to make him dependent on the box, that's for sure.
  7. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008
    In my opinion a tuner is an essential part of the toolkit. It's a tremendou help when I'm practicing with my piccolo. Most music shops carry them for around $20.
  8. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    OK, that´s good!

    I now only see one problem; being able to play any note
    in tune without hearing a reference note of some sort, will
    require absolute pitch. Only very few people have that,
    and some of them are actually sorry that they do.
    Often these people have a less good sense of rythm as well.

    In order for your son to have any use of the tuner when playing,
    he must either play along with some background music that is
    exactly in tune, or play along with some constant background tone,
    when checking his pitch on the tuner. Just playing and looking will
    lead absolutely nowhere.
  9. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

    May 4, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    While tuners are useful to spot check pitches they won't help him play in tune. Play along CD's work much better. In order to learn to play in tune you must first learn what in tune sounds like. Then you need to learn what it sounds like when you play in tune with other musicians that play in tune. The play along CD's are great for this. Of course for this to happen you must produce a good sound. If your sound is bad you will never play in tune.
  10. Happy Canuck

    Happy Canuck Piano User

    Oct 31, 2003
    Toronto, ON Canada
    You might want to check out Chase Sanborn's Tuning Tactics Chase Sanborn

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