Practicing with drones

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  1. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

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    Apologies if this has been beaten into the ground in previous threads. I have recently added a session of practicing with drones to my routine. I have been playing relatively well in tune, but something has been a little "off" for a long time. I have discovered that I had my tuning slide pulled out too far and have been lipping pitches in to tune. It sure is a lot less strenuous playing with the slide in and relaxing a bit.

    Any of you practice with drones? What kind of exercises do you do with them.
     
  2. AKAustralia

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    Use a piano to sustain the tonic in three octaves while I do Bai Lin studies or similar, and use the app "DroneToneTool" to play scales and occasionally vocalises over. As well as maintaining intonation and a good pitch sense, I find that it helps me centre notes more cleanly - I really notice when I don't use them.
     
  3. Bachatit

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    Would like to practice with a drone. Any recommendations for one? Thanks!
     
  4. mike ansberry

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    I use this website. It is aimed at string players, but it is the cleanest sounding drones I have found so far.
     
  5. mike ansberry

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    Does dronetonetool have pretty clean sounds? Some drones are pretty harsh and not very useful.
     
  6. N1684T

    N1684T Mezzo Forte User

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    Use what website Mike? Nothing came up?
     
  7. J. Jericho

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  8. gwood66

    gwood66 Piano User

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    Tonal Energy tuner has a reference tone feature. Chase Sanborn has a book called tuning tactics that includes some drone tracks as well.
     
  9. AKAustralia

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    It uses 'cello sounds, that are pretty comfortable to play with. I do find the Bb drone to be a little bit on the low side, but not bad enough that I stop using it.
     
  10. mike ansberry

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