Question: How to Tune for the...........?
Bb Clarinet I set my metronome on 440hz and Tune to high C, but is there a better way to tune?
26,400 beats per minutes is pretty fast for trying to play a song.
Perhaps you're tuning to a tuner, and not a clock.
You can purchase a tuner, and with a tuner you can tune to any note. There are also online tuners (like this one: http://www.seventhstring.com/tuner/tuner… but you need a microphone on your computer to use it.
The best notes for tuning on the clarinet are open G (concert pitch F), second octave C (concert pitch Bb), and second octave B (concert pitch A).
If you're tuning to a metronome, I'm guessing it plays a single blaring pitch, right? If you are tuning to a pitch, whether played on another instrument or by an electronic source, it is harder to tune. You have to listen for "waves" between the pitch and your own pitch. The more frequent the "waves", the more out of tune you are. Adjust your pitch so that there are none or very few of the "waves".
How to adjust pitch on a Bb clarinet: there are three main ways to adjust pitch. The first, and most commonly used, is the barrel (the cylindrical segment below the mouthpiece, the only piece of the clarinet besides the bell with no keys/attachments to it. Pulling out the barrel will make your pitch lower; pushing in will make it higher.
If it is pushed in all the way, then you can "lip up" the note. This is the second main way to adjust pitch. Tightening your embouchure will bring up your pitch; loosening it will lower the pitch.
The third main way is to pull out/push in the joint between the upper segment and the lower segment. (the upper segment is the one with the holes for the lowest C and D on the clarinet, and the lower segment is the one with the holes for the lowest E, F, G, etc. on the clarinet.) This segment, however, only affects the pitches of the notes that are played using the right hand pinky keys (low E, F, F# Ab, and second octave B, C, Eb C#). Pulling out will lower the pitch, and pushing in will raise the pitch.
Hope this helps! :)
That's not quite right.
440 hz, which is concert A, is written as B-natural for Bb instruments.
A better way, is not to try tuning to a metronome! A metronome is used to help beginners keep time, it has nothing to do with pitch.
Tune the clarinet to a piano, if you have one. 440 hz is A, not C.
@suhwahaksaeng: Actually, it is quite right. I was referring to concert A - I made no mention of transposition.
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