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Old 02-08-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Bass Drone Tuning - Feeling the Vibrations

Yesterday I wasn't having much luck tuning my bass drone during a windy practice session. I had it close, but no cigar.

Suddenly the plastic tip of my etymotic er20 earplugs touched the drone - and the sound was conducted straight into my skull. It wasn't so much hearing, as feeling the wavering vibrations, and I had the tuning locked-in in a matter of seconds.

Just thought I'd share for any other plastic-tip ear-plug wearers. It's a little hack I'll use in the future.

I might even try it with learners in the band - there is so much going on sound wise with the pipes, that focusing their ears on tuning can be a little overwhelming.

Cheers.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:19 PM   #2
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That's awesome, thanks for sharing- I'm definitely going to give it a try!
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:45 PM   #3
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The rule is to turn your back on the wind, or better still seek some shelter. Maybe we could try a bone anchored hearing device and just plug your bass drone straight into your skull :-) Probably get better accuracy?
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:09 AM   #4
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You could take a 3 inch drywall screw and drill it into your skull and then just lay the bass drone on it while tuning. The upside is you would have something to tether your glengarry to in case of wind. The downside? Not sure. The downside? Not sure. The downside? Not sure.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:16 AM   #5
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Ah, the real reason for the hose clip on Gordon Duncan's Glens.
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Default Re: Bass Drone Tuning - Feeling the Vibrations

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Yesterday I wasn't having much luck tuning my bass drone during a windy practice session. I had it close, but no cigar.

Suddenly the plastic tip of my etymotic er20 earplugs touched the drone - and the sound was conducted straight into my skull. It wasn't so much hearing, as feeling the wavering vibrations, and I had the tuning locked-in in a matter of seconds.

Just thought I'd share for any other plastic-tip ear-plug wearers. It's a little hack I'll use in the future.

I might even try it with learners in the band - there is so much going on sound wise with the pipes, that focusing their ears on tuning can be a little overwhelming.

Cheers.
Actually ages ago when I was a young tubist, I used to place my little finger on the bell or lead pipe and my thumb in my ear so that I could fine tune against the cacophony of all the other instruments warming up.- same idea- bone conduction.
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