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by PIP
(29 posts)
10 years ago

tuning altos

Hi, I have a question about tuning in band. When we warm up every day our band director(percussionist) makes the low brass and tenors play a low concert Bflat. He will then tune us and make us play it and hold it. Next, he will go around and make all the other sections tune a fifth up. My problem with this is that for our sucky alto section this ends up being a D. Is this as big of a problem as I think it is??????

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  1. by Spike
    (248 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: tuning altos

    yes. ask him to tune altos to maybe a B. that's a good note on most horns

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    1. by saxgrobie
      (86 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: tuning altos

      hmm . . . seems to me that you should try to tune to the same note? We always tune to the F#. Kelsey

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      1. by SaxMan
        (559 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: tuning altos

        The F, or F# on ALL saxophones is the best possible not to tune on. I like the F# better because you get further down the horn. The octave pip is placed such that the F or F3 is in the perfect place for those 2 notes. I a symphony, they ALWAYS tune on a concert A off of the principal oboe player - tell him to do that if nothing else.

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