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Quartet Tuning...

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Why do some players insist in tuning to a concert A in a sax quartet when there are many other notes to choose from (apart from open C# or upper D)?

I prefer to tune with all the players playing written G :line2: regardless of size as it's a stable note and we can tune to the intervals, and the fact any adjustments can be done easily as it leaves the right hand free to do adjust the mouthpiece (though saxes are only in tune with themselves with a certain amount of cork showing - the rest is done with the chops).

But even in some big bands some sax players insist on a concert A being given to tune to, when a Bb is much better as all the brass can tune much easier to their unstopped concert Bb than a stopped A.

Though in quartet playing everyone should be listening to each other anyway, and making adjustments as they go along to get the intervals and chords in tune with their chops - rather than tuning up to one note at the beginning and then carrying on with the belief they're still in tune at the end.
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hakukani said:
When taking quartet coachings from Dr. Rousseau, he had us tune to written f#, thereby tuning to a P4th/5th.

Another way of thinking is the way string quartets play 'in tune'. There are no absolutes in tuning because of the Pythagorean comma vs. 'equal' temperment. It all comes down to your ears. IMO, even if you try to tune every note spot on with a tuner, you'll never play 'in tune' in all situations because of this.
The Pythagorean??? OWWWWWW - now my head hurts - thanks a LOT Johnnie
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