Back to basics...

  • Abby Kattentidt
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18 Nov 2007 00:02 - 18 Nov 2007 00:02 #7 by Abby Kattentidt
Back to basics... was created by Abby Kattentidt
The semester is drawing to a close, and I have recently acquired the luxury of taking a break from all the chaos and simply getting back to the fundamentals of horn playing. I got my new Finke in the middle of the semester and had to return the horn I was borrowing...and then play a concert with it the same week. I love the new Finke, but I haven't had much time to really adjust until now. This past week my focus has been on intonation and hearing intervals, what true fourths and fifths sound like, etc...

In my lesson, my professor played the drone as I played Dufranse No.1, which proved to be helpful for me but exhausting for him. Many of my close friends are string players, and I managed to rope my cellist friend into a practice room. For him, long tones and whole bows is the first hour of his practice. I did the same exercise with him and found it to be MUCH more helpful than a tuner (which isn't really in tune with itself). His sensitive and highly trained ear proved valuable to me in the thirty minutes we spent on just that one exercise. I know one can't do this every day, but if you ever get an opportunity, I highly reccommend grabbing a cellist (or bassoonist, or a horn player with the chops) and giving it a try.

Musically yours,
Last edit: 18 Nov 2007 00:02 by Abby Kattentidt.

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23 Feb 2008 06:02 #39 by Martin Künkler
Replied by Martin Künkler on topic Re:Back to basics...

if You have Problems with Your Intonation, a electronic Tuner will not help! The Idea with a Stringplayer is very good an Ensembleplaying with other Instruments will be better than staying at Home and look on the Display of the Tuner. In each Situation of Playing, the Intonation can change! (No Joke!) Each Ensemble has its "own" Intonation and You must try to learn to be flexible. That means: Try to play in serval Ensembles and hear "into" their Intonation. If You do that for a longer Periode, You will be able, to play with any Ensemble in a good Intonation. I think You know this Situation: At one Day You must push the Slides a little bit in, on an other Day You have to pull it a little bit out to intonate correctly. Of course, its important to practice allone in a quite Room to train Technics. But Youll never can train Your Ears if You play alone! Didnt Your Professor tell You something about that Topic?

Regards from Germany (and please excuse my bad English)

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23 Feb 2008 12:26 #42 by Ricardo Matosinhos
Replied by Ricardo Matosinhos on topic Re:Back to basics...

Unfortunelly most of us will practice alone.
Actually you can practice toguether even when playing alone...:huh:

Yes... playing with your self.:)

Its easy, and can really make you happy with your practice even if you are playing some long notes.

You just have to install Audacity in your computer.

This is multi-track recording program but with a really simple interface. This is important because with a complex interface you would spend hours to understand it, this way you can just concentrate on the horn practice.

You just have to plug-in your phones, press the record button and play slowly a scale (with metronome or clictrack option in audacity)

Then rest for 2 seconds, press record and play for example the same scale starting from the 3rd.

The program will record in a separate track and let you listen in realtime the last track. This is usefull because even if you played out o tune, you will have to tune with yourself.

this way you can pratice this "back to the basics" and still feel great.

Have a good practicing session, I'm shure you will love it!B)

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23 Feb 2008 12:39 #43 by amleverenz
Replied by amleverenz on topic Re:Back to basics...
An electronic tuner with a meter will not help, but an electronic tuner that produces pitch can. I use mine (a Korg OT-120) in every warmup session to grow accustomed to good intonation. Another tool is Stephen Colley's Tune-Up system, which includes a book of intonation exercises and a CD of drone pitches to use during the exercise. I do find it easier to tune to another horn player rather than electronics, so I sometimes do the Reynold's Intonation Exercises for Two Horns. I think it's something that I will never be able to quit working on, because my pitch can always get better.

Fun, fun!


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