Six Step Tuning Process
1. As you play concert F, listen for “beats”… Are the “beats” fast or slow? Adjust the length of your instrument with the barrel, mouthpiece or slide.
2. If the “beats” become faster, you moved in the wrong direction… Adjust the length of your instrument in the opposite direction (loose your identity).
3. If the “beats” become slower, you are moving in the correct direction. Continue in this direction until all “beats” are eliminated and you are hearing the pitch as a straight-line (loose your identity).
4. If you are “pinching” your embouchure to eliminate beats, your instrument is too long and must be shortened (loose your identity).
5. If you are “relaxing” your embouchure to eliminate beats, your instrument is too short and must be lengthened (loose your identity).
6. When you and your section play the same pitch, without any unnecessary embouchure adjustments a no “individual sound” or “beats” are heard you and your section leader are perfectly in-tune and playing with proper balance and blend!
Click HERE to tune to a CONCERT F DRONE.
- Play "inside" the sound of the drone, do not "pass" the sound you are hearing.
- Make your sound become part of the drone and disappear.
- Slowly play up the scale starting on concert F one note at a time. Take a breath in between each note.
- Eliminate any beats by "lipping" up or down.
- Play simple melodies in the key of the drone pitch.
- Proceed to additional drone pitches.
- Tune your instrument to concert F first before using other pitches.