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I recently saw a reference to this device here but can't locate the thread and a search did not produce anything. I googled it and found the site where it is sold (@ $20 US). I'd appreciate some input from those of you who are familiar with this device. Is it helpful, how can it best be used, etc. Is it worth buying? I should say that I'm currently working specifically on intonation and tone improvement. I have an electronic tuner but would like to improve my "ear."
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One of my students gave me a copy of this CD awhile back. I've lost the track listings but the first 12 are all I ever use in my lessons (or personally) and they're all root -5th -root -5th in the 12 keys. I think this CD is a great tool for teaching your ear to play in tune rather that your eye !!!??? It's worth every penny of $20. It taught me things I had heard but never really noticed about how different degrees of the chord or scale are played flatter or sharper (I should rather say higher or lower) Like, FI, a G# functioning as the third of an E chord sounds more in tune when it's played at a lower frequency than when it's functioning as the fifth of a C# chord......
....If you are specifically working on intonation...get it
 

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matty said:
One of my students gave me a copy of this CD awhile back. I've lost the track listings but the first 12 are all I ever use in my lessons (or personally) and they're all root -5th -root -5th in the 12 keys. I think this CD is a great tool for teaching your ear to play in tune rather that your eye !!!??? It's worth every penny of $20. It taught me things I had heard but never really noticed about how different degrees of the chord or scale are played flatter or sharper (I should rather say higher or lower) Like, FI, a G# functioning as the third of an E chord sounds more in tune when it's played at a lower frequency than when it's functioning as the fifth of a C# chord......
....If you are specifically working on intonation...get it
I love mine. The other difference between playing with this and playing with a piano or reading a tuner is that this is natural/just intonation. In other words there is no fiddling with the tones to make the scale exactly equal (and out of tune) as there is with a piano. The last two tracks on the CD are a chord in natural intonation and then played again in even-tempered. By comparison, the second sounds HORRIBLE, but if you listened to the second one first, you probably wouldn't even notice.
 

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koteris said:
I use this one. It is $12 and works very well.

http://www.navarrorivermusic.com/cello_drones.php
I checked it out online (you can listen to the drones).

Definitely a viable alternative. It was slightly out of tune (pulses every second or so), but seems like it would work well, particularly if you wanted it free (online). I guess that's probably also a more realistic version of what one encounters in real life anyway!
 

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AltoRuth said:
I recently saw a reference to this device here but can't locate the thread and a search did not produce anything. I googled it and found the site where it is sold (@ $20 US). I'd appreciate some input from those of you who are familiar with this device. Is it helpful, how can it best be used, etc. Is it worth buying? I should say that I'm currently working specifically on intonation and tone improvement. I have an electronic tuner but would like to improve my "ear."
Thanks all.
Ruth
I have this CD and would recommend it enthusiastically. I haven't used it recently, but a while back I put some time in with this CD, working on my flute intonation. It made a significant improvement, and I felt like my ear was being engaged in a new way. I should use it more.
 

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See post #3 in this thread. "The Tuning CD" is not available online, but there is a reasonably similar one at the address in that post.

(EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION...)

You can buy The Tuning CD online, but to my knowledge you cannot listen to it online as opposed to the cello drones above.
 

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Highly recommended.
http://thetuningcd.com/
I use it during my 45-minute long tone and scale warmup, and it also is great with tonal etudes or solo passages, as it trains your ears, rather than your eyes, to match pitches and to learn placement of major and minor 3rds, 6ths, 2nds, 7ths, etc.
JR
 
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