Cello Tuning Demonstration

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When tuning your cello, a chromatic tuner will tell you whether your strings are in tune or not and which pitch you are playing. Turn the peg up if you are too sharp and use the fine adjustment if you are too flat with help from a professional cellist in this free video on how to play the cello.

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Hi, I'm Marty Sproul with Summerhays Music in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm going to talk to you today about how to tune a cello. The materials you'll need are a cello with an adequate setup, a bow, a tuning fork, a chromatic tuner. This is a standard chromatic tuner and it tells me whether my strings are in tune or not. As I play the string, it'll tell me which pitch I'm playing and whether I'm sharp or flat and which directions to go. Right now, my tuner says G sharp; so, I'm going to bring my peg up. My A is still a little flat; so, I'm going to use my fine adjustment on the bottom. Now, my A string is in tune. Next string is; my D reads a little flat. I'm going to bring the D up. Now, it's too high; so, I'll bring it down with this tuner. Now, the D is in tune. Move onto the next string, G is also flat; bring it up. Move onto each successive string. Make sure and double check all of your strings, some adjustments may, some strings may come out of adjustment. Okay, now my cello is in tune. Be sure to use a standard chromatic tuner; not a guitar tuner or a bass tuner. This will be very confusing to you if you use either one of those. So, make sure to make, have a chromatic tuner. Make sure and double check everything twice, possibly three times to make sure it's in tune. And that's how you tune a cello.

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