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How do YOU work with intonation?
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lenasv.
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What is your way of learning intonation in pieces?

I usually work in layers. I am an amateur, practice 1 h daily  and play all pieces with piano. My principle is following:

1. I go through the piece, and select the places I think are difficult.

2. I insert these into Finale Notepad and practice these lots and lots together with the program on high volume.

3. I play with recordings to fix also unnoticed problems.

4. And then I play simply the piece with my pianist. Of course, a lot of difficult places stay difficult, but gets better with time.

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Fiddlerman
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March 17, 2011 - 9:16 am
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Good question Lena,

Interesting to read what you do as well. Great that you have discovered your own unique methods that help you. I am familiar with Finale but not Finale Notepad.

I slow down the tempo and listen and concentrate extremely carefully to each and every note. Repeat over and over and keep picking up the tempo. Sometimes on the very strange, contemporary, and difficult music I use appropriate open strings as guidelines.

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I use open strings constantly to make comparisons.

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I do OK with intonation if I remember three things:

My natural aim at notes is very slightly flat.  I find it effective to aim sharp and simply roll back ( if the piece is slow enough ).  Otherwise, I'll think "sharp" and that seems to work for faster passages.

I need to remember that note separations are closer in higher positions, particularly the chromatics.

I try to keep my fingers (tips) at right angles to strings instead of laying down.  I don't know why this should work but I can hear the difference.

If I do not "hear" the note before I play it, I'm likely to make a bad placement so knowing the music is a given.

 

 

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As a total beginner, I've just been improvising along with familiar pieces. Preferably ones that let me use lots of open strings and don't have a violin part already. It's certainly not helping me learn the correct fingering for first position, but learning the correlation between distance and pitch is important too.

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Try some scales.   Did you check the tutorials on Fiddlerman?

 

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I've noticed that some of the music download sites offer mp3 accompaniment files that you can play along with. These are helpful if you are a beginner or are playing an unfamiliar piece that just isn't making sense. There are also music books with CD accompaniments (if you play these on the computer you can change the tempo).

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I have the 1st book of suzuki music and the audio....but I wonder if it's legal to post it.

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Fiddlerman
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May 29, 2011 - 9:31 am
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Thanks for asking. It is not legal to post recent copyrighted material. I don't know the cut off for the year but probably around 75 years. Remember that we have PM functions here Wink

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Another way of developing (or fine tuning) intonation is doing scales while checking each note against a chromatic tuner. We did this in Orchestra and my daughter also does so in band. In fact it's possibly the most hated exercises by music students. . It's tedious and frankly boring but it works well.

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