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 Learn something new every day....
Author: mschmidt 
Date:   2022-11-24 04:25

Earlier this fall I noticed that when I gave the tuning note to our wind ensemble, I gave a somewhat "wobbly" note when I used a high-precision tuning app (Tunable) on my iPhone. Watching the little squiggly line go up and down < 1 cent tempted me to try to adjust, and I'd end up overcompensating. So I went out and bought a new Korg CA-50 (my old Korg had died of leaking batteries). While I was buying it, I bought a clip-on mic, so that I could get a better idea of my intonation while everyone was warming up before rehearsal. No squiggly line to get distracted by, and it's precise enough for tuning an ensemble.

Well, last night I was very frustrated that the reeds I had so carefully adjusted during the week to be in tune all were playing a bit flat, and on some notes I couldn't even get them to play up to pitch. What was different? The temp in the room wasn't that different. Oh, during the week I wasn't using the mic in the bell of the instrument. Aha! I knew that sticking something up the bore of a woodwind instrument lowers the pitch. I took out the mic, laid it on my crossed legs and aimed the bell of the instrument at the mic. Problem solved! I didn't think that such a slender mic so far down the instrument would make a difference, but it seems to.


Still an Amateur, but not really middle-aged anymore

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