Chapter 11: Trumpet Tuning Tips

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune. ~Igor Stravinsky

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11: Trumpet Tuning Tips.

This Chapter Covers:

  • Tuning basics,
  • tuning the whole horn,
  • things that affect pitch,
  • the role of the left hand trigger,
  • chronically out of tune notes and how to fix them.

Terms to Know:

  • tuning slide: The largest slide on the trumpet. Used to tune the entire instrument.
  • flat: slightly below the correct pitch.
  • sharp: slightly above the correct pitch.
  • intonation: the accuracy of pitch matching
  • leger lines: Small lines used below or above the staff for notes beyond the range of the staff.
  • concert pitch: International tuning pitch of A440. Additionally, can mean instruments whose notation is in concert pitch (no transposing) including piano, guitar, flute, trombone, tuba, oboe, violin, ‘cello, etc….

Extra Resources for This Chapter:

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