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Quick Start Guide
- Allow access to your microphone if prompted.
- Enter the reference pitch. This is usually only needed if your flute is designed to play best when tuned to a pitch center other than A440, or if you are going to play with a fixed-pitch instrument such as a piano. The standard frequency for middle A is 440 Hz, but you may need to tune to 442 Hz or to some other frequency depending on various factors.
- Tune your flute. Play a single note, such as low A or B-flat, and sustain it for a few seconds.
The tuner will show the name of the note you are playing.
If the red line above the note name stays in the center of the gauge, then the note is perfectly in tune.
- If it stays on the left, you are flat. Push the headjoint in slightly and try again.
- If it stays on the right, you are sharp. Pull the headjoint out slightly and try again.
What is a Tuner?
A tuner is a device capable of accurately detecting the pitch of notes. It can be used for two slightly different purposes: for initial tuning (the one described in the quick start guide), and for checking if you play in tune with yourself.
Playing in Tune
Playing each and every note in tune is an art that takes a lifetime to master. A tuner is a great tool for training one's ear to hear pitch and determine whether notes are sharp or flat.
An effective way to use a tuner is with long tones: leave the tuner on while practicing them and watch the indicator, adjusting your embouchure each time you get out of tune. Play along with a tuner regularly, and your sense of pitch will grow stronger and stronger!
When tuning individual notes, you should be aware of all the factors that can influence the pitch being played. These factors include embouchure tension, air speed and angle of the air stream.
- If you are sharp, try relaxing your embouchure and aiming your air stream lower.
- If you are flat, make sure you have a strong air stream, and direct the air up toward the ceiling.
Another technique consists in rolling the flute in towards the lips to make a note flatter, or out away from the lips to make the note sharper. Keep in mind, however, that the best way to alter pitch when playing is by moving the lips, not by rolling the flute in or out.
- During initial tuning, play with your normal embouchure, not too loud and not too soft.
- Playing an arpeggio can be a good way to check that the head position is optimal for the whole range.
- A cold flute is a flat flute. In a cold environment, don't forget to warm your flute up before tuning it. Finger a low C, then cover the embouchure hole with your mouth and blow sharply and with force for a few seconds.
- This tuner uses the equal-tempered scale, the same one that pianos use. If you want to tune a just major or minor third above a certain note, use the special marks at -14 (for a major third) and +16 (for a minor third) cents on the meter. For example: if you want to tune to a just major third above A, tune your flute to a C# so that the meter is at the -14 mark.
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