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How to Use a Trumpet Tuner to Tune Your Trumpet
The simplest way to tune your instrument is to use a trumpet tuner, there are various types out there for you to choose from but they all have the same outcome and that is a tuned trumpet.
Keeping your trumpet in tune is very vital to your performance and practice. Lucky for you, a trumpet tuner is not so expensive. Besides, there are other simple techniques that you can use if you get them right.
Tuning is simple! Just try to adjust the present C note of a trumpet to the C note of the tuner. Just make sure your trumpet is not too sharp or flat after tuning. With a trumpet tuner, you can produce clean and clear sounds.
HOW TO TUNE A TRUMPET
USING A TRUMPET TUNER OR TUNING APP
A trumpet tuner would help you recognize the flat and sharp notes on a trumpet, and also allow you to adjust them as required. The choice of the type of tuner you want to use is left to you. There are electric trumpet tuners and tuning apps for mobile devices available.
You can buy them online or at a musical instrument store near you. A basic tuner should get the job done. Try not to get used to using a tuner often. Learn to develop an ear for the right and wrong tones over time. However, this does not condemn the use of a tuner.
LOCATE THE TUNING SLIDE OF THE TRUMPET
The tuning slide is used to adjust the pitch of the trumpet. It is located at the end of the instrument, directly below the bell and shaped like a metal loop. There are pictures online that you can check if you don’t know what a tuning slide looks like.
SET THE NOTE OF THE TUNER TO A C NOTE
For a start, you can play any note to check the tune of your trumpet. However, C is the simplest to play and is very easy to check. Adjust your trumpet tuner to a C note to check the base note of your trumpet. You can check the instruction manual or online, in case you do not know how to change the note of a trumpet tuner.
PLAY THE C NOTE ON YOUR TRUMPET AND COMPARE IT TO THE TUNER
Blow the trumpet without holding any of the valves. While or after blowing, depending on the tuneritself, check the reading on the tuner to see what note your trumpet is actually producing.
ADJUST THE NOTE OF THE TRUMPET WITH THE SLIDE
The tuner would tell you not your trumpet produces at that moment, and you can adjust this using the tuner at the end of the trumpet. Just pull the slider in to make the sound sharp and pull it out to make it flat.
PLAY THE C NOTE ON YOUR TRUMPET TO SEE IF IT MATCHES THE TUNER
After you have adjusted the slide of your trumpet to get the sound that matches the tuner, cross check to see if they match. If they don’t match, use the slide again until you get it. If they do, then you are good to go.
You can also check other notes to see if they are in tune, although it is not necessary. One the base note is in tune; the rest should follow suit unless your instrument is faulty.
TRUMPET TUNING NOTE
For all purposes, tune your trumpet to a C note. This is the best option for live performances so that you can easily change pitch to match the key of other instruments. Just remember that most trumpet tuners use ‘#’ as a sharp sign and ‘b’ as a flat sign.
Trumpet Tuner – Using An App
A video tutorial showing how to tune your trumpet using a free Android application called “gStrings”
Another Great Free Trumpet Tuner App
The tuner is one of the many accessories you can find for this musical instrument. There are however a number of other Trumpet Accessories that you will need for your daily use, read on and find out more.
There are many more types of trumpets for beginners which you can read about in this comprehensive and detailed post. So, if you are looking for your first beginner trumpet or want another trumpet type, read on using the following link – Types of Trumpets