Accessories Anyone using a clip-on tuner?

randulo

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Here's a video of a professor showing how he uses one. These are made for guitar, but apparently work with winds.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW3IeWdmfFQ

Last I saw they were relatively expensive on Amazon ($90+)

There's a cheap one that probably is worth the price if it is accurate.

I have an old tablet that has nothing but a tuner app on it, two in fact, but I have to look at it :)
A clip-on might help.
 

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you can get chromatic clip on tuners for £20 or less, but since most of them are designed for guitar, they'll display in concert pitch.
Specialist tuners for woodwind which transpose to Bb, Eb etc will be more expensive, but not any more accurate
Unless the clip on aspect is something you desperately want, a phone app will do the job well enough
 
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I want concert pitch! The trouble though IMO is accuracy. I ordered one and will report back. I already have two excellent apps on phones and tablet.
 
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I have two apps on my iphone, a korg tuner and now a clip-on one. Mine is a KLIQ UberTuner, which I bought on amazon for just over £20.

It is a chromatic tuner, and does the transposition thing if you want.

I couldn't figure out where to put it so I could see the screen whilst I'm playing, it ended up on my neck screw which works fine.

With all these tuners, you'd think I'd be more in tune by now.
 

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ugh... this is where I add my usual caveat of 'beware the pitfalls of equal temperament...' By all means check the basic tuning of the instrument to see if your Bb/A or whatever is in tune... but don't try to tune every single note to it as (unless you are playing with a keyboard) it won't be right (unless your are using a tuner with some sort of 'just' intonation tuning....)

PS Once basic tuning of instrument is in place, just listen to the tuning - if you chase the app's / tuner's tuning you will be out
 
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This reply was mistaken to be to a different post. Sorry about that.
 
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Ok, so we're talking about tuners. Different teachers say opposite things. Some say, "don't look at a tuner!" and others say "watch the tuner to check your pitch". I find it important to see whether I am in the ballpark on some "iffy" notes and I use it for scoops and bends, I find it informative. The clip on may serve on my initial "show" next month. Eventually, I won't need a tuner at all which is why I don't wish to spend $90 on the Korg I saw. Clearly, one must not fixate on tuners.
 

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We all go through the tuner phase with saxophone. Then we get over it realising the saxophone doesn't play in tune. Then a few years down the road it mysteriously plays in tune across the range.

These are very good. Clip on for strings and a built in mic for everything else. transposable and a built in metronome


There's a cheaper one without the clip

 

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I use Boss TU-12H tuner that's over 30 years old - still works great although the vinyl case is a bit worst for wear held together by masking tape, insulation tape and duct tape. I calibrate the tuner against a Boss Dr. Beat metronome that emits an A=440 Hz tone. I tune the horn once and forget about it, unless the weather is dodgy, winter time at the moment here so I probably check the tuning a couple of times during a two hour practice session especially with trumpet and clarinet.

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We used to have a phone in this country whose dialtone was 440. Music stores used it to tune stringed instruments! Not the phone, but the national phone company sent this when landlines were the only kind of phone.
 

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Some say, "don't look at a tuner!" and others say "watch the tuner to check your pitch".. Clearly, one must not fixate on tuners.
Even guitarists don't look at tuners all the time. Or, from my experience, at all after their initial tune-up until they think something doesn't sound right and they check. Which is exactly how a sax player should do it, too.

At the start of practice/rehearsal/sound-check you check your tuning. As the practice/rehearsal goes on, if something doesn't sound right, there's been a noticeable change in temperature or you just don't feel comfortable, then check it again. If it's a gig, check before you go onstage. If something feels off during the gig, check again.

But that's all you really need to do. I know when I tried to play to a tuner, to see if all the people who said don't bother because it just makes you play worse, that I found out very quickly that they were absolutely right.
 

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I like the Tunable app which provides a nice red/green wave flow indicator of your tuning very easy to see. I have it installed on my iPad (along with Forscore for my sheet music collection) and use it for an initial tune up, but then fine tune (no pun intended) with our alto sax and trumpet player to make sure we are all aligned - at least to begin with :)
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions! Guitar is a different animal entirely. Multiple notes at the same time, you tune based on your favorite open G and so on. My guitars were/are never in "perfect" tune, but the notes are created in a dramatically different way. I have two different apps, one was recommended by Eric Marienthal in one of his lessons, a cool interference patter kind of display, and the other I already had. Here, I'm wanting a clip on to use temporarily for a specific reason, testing different "settings".
 
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I can't take advantage of this and I already ordered an off-brand, but if you're looking for a Korg chromatic clip on tuner, there's adeal for the next 19 hours. I have nothing to do with this, but I thought someone might benefit:


There must be a new model with some magic AI feature coming out soon...
 
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