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NoteBoat
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Orchestras traditionally tune to the oboe.

As a practical matter, you should tune to the instrument in the ensemble that's hardest to tune - that might be bells, vibes, or other fixed pitch percussion, or it might be a piano. If everybody in the band can tune easily (as in an orchestra), you should tune to the instrument that's easiest to hear - orchestras use the oboe because it's got a clear sound.

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jeffster1
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If you're tuning without a tuner, you should always tune by the A string. Tuning every string by the string before it will give you a poorly tuned instrument every time.

I apologize if someone's already said this, I skimmed the thread pretty fast.


   
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gnease
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If you're tuning without a tuner, you should always tune by the A string. Tuning every string by the string before it will give you a poorly tuned instrument every time.

I apologize if someone's already said this, I skimmed the thread pretty fast.

don't think they have, but also not sure your point is clear, jeffster: you are recommending that notes on the A string be used as references for tuning the other five strings (correct?) if that is what you meant, then +1, as it will help reduce build-up of errors.

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