In the real world, electric tuners are awesome, convenient, wonderful, etc. but batteries die (or if you’re like me, the whole tuner gets forgotten by my practice chair) and knowing how to tune without the help of the box is always a good thing.
Today’s video is a practical skill that seems like the musical equivalent of a swiss army knife or waterproof matches. It was also the source of one of my most recent “ah-ha!” moments (as in, practical application reveals the value of technique previously seen as unimportant) when I started playing with the orchestra.
I think this is one of the most thorough instructional videos I’ve seen yet on the subject. Of course, it’s from the awesome folks at Shar, so I’m not suprised.
Don’t get me wrong, I swear by my tuner. Using the tuner to check myself periodically helped my ear develop tremendously. (I might not be able to fix it right away, but can recognize when I’m off) But for those of us in the fretless stringed world, tone is a lifelong pursuit, yes? Why not sharpen all of the tools we have in its pursuit?