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Bill Burch


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California, USA
Post Posted 1 Nov 2017 8:20 am     Reply with quote

Newbie question here. Any issues with using a tuner (Peterson StroboPlus HD) as a reference for bar placement? I find it helpful when trying to learn slant positions and learn the relationship between the steel position and fret markers.

Thoughts?

Bill
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Keith Glendinning


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Post Posted 1 Nov 2017 10:09 am     Reply with quote

Using a tuner when playing requires you to look at it for every note or chord played. That will slow down your playing considerably. Much better to develop your ear to hear when the note(s) are correctly intonated. It takes time.
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 1 Nov 2017 10:25 am     Reply with quote

Keith Glendinning wrote:
Using a tuner when playing requires you to look at it for every note or chord played. That will slow down your playing considerably. Much better to develop your ear to hear when the note(s) are correctly intonated. It takes time.


Exactly. Use open strings as a reference (carefully) if needed. Use the tuner to help tune the overall instrument, not each bar position.
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Lee D Kaiser


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California, USA
Post Posted 1 Nov 2017 6:10 pm     Reply with quote

If you find it helpful to get the intonation right as you learn, I say do it. I've done just the same myself. Obviously, your goal is to play without the tuner.
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Pete Burak


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Portland, OR USA
Post Posted 2 Nov 2017 8:53 am     Reply with quote

I have a friend who likes to practice with a Boss TU12 plugged in, because at any time he can stop, look down, and see what note(s) he is playing on the string/fret, or what the notes are in any triad or partial chord he is playing at whatever fret.
It would work for slants too I guess Smile
He had a background in Theory from previous instruments, so the note names were important to him.
I'm really not into note names myself Smile
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Dustin Kleingartner


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Saint Paul MN, USA
Post Posted 3 Nov 2017 6:16 am     Reply with quote

I occasionally use a free app called UberChord on my phone. You play a chord and it listens and tells you what chord it is and what notes are in it. Doesn't work in a band setting, but it's great for getting to know the fret board, or learning a new tuning.
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Stefan Robertson


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London, UK
Post Posted 3 Nov 2017 1:28 pm     Re: Using a tuner for pitch reference Reply with quote

Bill Burch wrote:
Newbie question here. Any issues with using a tuner (Peterson StroboPlus HD) as a reference for bar placement? I find it helpful when trying to learn slant positions and learn the relationship between the steel position and fret markers.

Thoughts?

Bill



I figure a tuner is better than anything else if you are now training your ear.

I live by my Peterson Strobo Plus HD. Love it and wouldn't play without it. Its helped me achieve some pretty complex slants accurately and developing one's ear takes time. So makes logical sense to me.

As using a bar accurately is difficult hence why so many people overuse vibrato.

If thats what you're going for a more classic Hawaiian Style then use your ears. If you are looking for a clean Western swing Tom Morrell Or Buddy Emmons style then use the tuner as a tool to help you perfect it.

After a few years your ear will kick in cause its always listening. Training the ear takes time so while its learning reference pitches the tuner will help you. Logical.
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