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Re: Tuning a Guitar to a Cello
10/4/2008 7:04 AM
Jon Riley (9697) wrote:
Maybe you're just out of tune! (Experienced orchestral players can sometimes be a bit sniffy about guitarists, and will be very alert to bad tuning. Cellists have no frets, so generally have better-trained ears than us fretted folk.)
It's also the case that choirs and non-fretted instruments can tune to what's known as "pure" intonation: they may shift pitches a tiny amount this way or that to blend more smoothly with each other than you can on a fretted instrument (or a piano).
If this is the case, they really shouldn't ask you to tune to them. They should treat you as a pianist (who can't change his pitches) and tune to you, if necessary.
But do make sure you are absolutely in tune (to tuner or piano) to begin with.
For background info:
The cello open strings are C-G-D-A - in 5ths
C = 2 whole steps lower than your bottom E
G = 3rd fret guitar 6th string
D = open guitar 4th string
A = 2nd fret guitar 3rd string
Cello music is in concert (what it calls "C" is what the rest of us call "C", unlike horn players).
It generally reads bass clef, but sometime uses tenor clef for high notes. You're not trying to read from cello music are you? ;-)