Tuning note?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by cantplaytrumpet, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. cantplaytrumpet

    cantplaytrumpet Pianissimo User

    Apr 2, 2012
    Is there a particular note you must set your tuning slide to or can it be whichever one you like?
    I understand that it probably wouldn't be a C#/Db or a D because those always seem out of tune with the rest?
    But any ideas?
    And if so, can you explain why you pick a specific note, or is it just the way it is?
    Thanks. :D
  2. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

    Jan 9, 2010
    East Yorkshire
    That depends a bit on what you are tuning to. In a brass band we always tuned to an open harmonic. C on the stave usually. I don't know but I suspect that the open harmonic is least likeley to be out of tune. With the only orchestra I've played in we tune to the oboe's A If memory serves (concert pitch obviously). When I'm playing with a piano I usially get the pianist to play a Bb so that I can tune my open harmonic and work everything esle form that.

    Hope that helps

  3. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    IMO it really confounds a Bb trumpeter to tune to a piano Bb, just as it would for Eb and F instruments tuning to the same on a piano (putting aside the fact that most pianos aren't in tune to begin with). The concert A (a C instrument) is A=440 Hz currently in the U.S. Thus, on a Bb instrument, the player adds 2 sharps to the C instrument key signature and plays this note 2 semi-tones (half steps) higher and all is well. Well, outside an orchestra one rarely finds an oboeist to play the A note to tune to.
  4. acarcido

    acarcido Forte User

    Dec 28, 2009
    Ontario, Ca
    Here is a chart that might help you determine all the different references for tunning instruments.


    JNINWI Piano User

    Apr 26, 2011
    I find that if, after warm up I get a nice relaxed, centered G in the staff and line it up to a tuner, the rest of my horn is in, although brass bands and
    wind ensembles usually use Concert B flat.
  6. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    The G you mention jNINWI is the starting note for Cat Anderson, which he states is a most relaxed note to play. I would agree. Should not this note be a tuning note?

    JNINWI Piano User

    Apr 26, 2011
    That's the note I've used for ever to tune gmonady. And it's my first note of the day. It seems that when I get that note centered and relaxed I'm where I need to be for the day. I agree, it should be the tuning note, I have the horn section in the band using it to.
  8. amzi

    amzi Forte User

    Feb 18, 2010
    Northern California
    In a band you're most likely to be expected to tune to "Concert Bb"--a 3rd space "C" on a Bb trumpet.
    In an orchestra you're most likely going to be expected to tune to a "Concert A"--a 3rd line "B" on the Bb trumpet.
    That being said, I agree with tuning to a "Concert F"--2nd line "G" on the Bb trumpet. It's relaxed, it is played with an open fingering. When using a tuner I usually use the "G" and when the bands that I'm in ask everyone to pick a not in the "Concert Bb" chord--I always pick my "G". For me, it just works.
  9. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Link won't work. That's an interesting chart but a little small! :D
  10. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    I tune to Concert Bb, low, middle, and high. I'm the only one who tunes in the band! I usually have to bend sharp or flat for the singer! :shock:

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