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Old 04-17-2013, 09:41 AM   #3
William J Hunter
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Default Re: Ears versus Tuners

I hope I don't upset too many pipers, but most musicians tune by ear, and that includes pipers. I'd hate to think that all those many violinists tried to tune their strings using a electronic tuner! I use a tuner on occasion to only set the octaves between Low A and High A and the scale between is set by ear. To those that are new to piping I would suggest a great deal of listening to the masters of piping so that these finer points of our instrument become ingrained in one's auditory memory. Certainly you can always fall back on a tuner if in doubt, but I think the ear is the most senitive tuner we have.
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