Tuning is hard to talk about because a good portion is in what I describe as "Upsidedown Land" (not to be confused with the Southern hemisphere) and "Rightsideup Land." Upsidedown Land is home of equal temperament--the fretted string instruments, pianos and such. It is a communistic world, where each note is of equal importance, regardless of the function within a chord. There is no polite adjusting for other's notes, just everyone doing their job, like in a factory. Individual notes are not in tune with themselves, because the mass of strings do not cooperate with the length. They don't need to, because that's the way things roll in Upside-down Land.
In contrast to the benign communism in Upsidedown Land, the instruments in Rightsideup Land, wind instruments, non fretted strings, pipe organs and such worship THE CHORD. In Rightsideup Land the instruments and their players just don't go through the motions like in Upsidedown Land--each note is treated with reverence and a certain amount of fear. The thirds of the major chords need be cradeld 14/100's of a semitone lower, the fifths 2/100's gently lifted.
If we tune the chord rather than the note, on our side of the bell we hear a "hollow" sound, on the other side the chords "ring."
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
I have a PDF of an old Boosey and Hawkes monograph 'The Boosey and Hawkes Compensating System Fully Explained", the appendix gives a great explanation of the differences between Equal Temperement, Natural harmonic and Just Intonation series.
If anyone would like a copy send me an email and I will send it, approx 1Mb.
I tune to relative pitch...
When my relatives pitch a fit about my practicing in the house when they are visiting... I tune them out.
1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
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1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
I'm not responsible for offending people -- people are responsible for themselves taking offense at me
Occasionally, it can be very funny to play with an ensemble. It was even funnier to play in high school when our band director would purposely play in a different key. When we stopped playing and listened, he was playing perfectly albeit different. Once I mistakenly selected a French Horn book and tried to play it on Bb trumpet without transposition ... what a mess. One day, another student pulled a trick on me when I was playing euphonium and substituted Eb alto horn part for my music ... that wasn't very funny. Point: when others are out of tune, it is impossible to salvage a song unless you can play out of tune like they do ... but even then, such is seldom successful ... mostly erratic. I don't much enjoy beginner's recitals.
Trumpets are for extroverts - Lee Morgan
No beginning students, but we have quite a mixture of young and older players in our large church orchestra. There are some very good players in the orchestra, and we tackle a lot of challenging music. It's a great experience for the kids (middle and high school) to sit among accomplished players and see how it's done, learning some good habits and techniques along the way. I wish I had that opportunity when I was that age.
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