Tuning

Posted by: Amy

Tuning - 09/10/01 03:22 PM

Ok heres my deal....I play bassoon in concert band at my highschool. This year another bassoonist was moved up into my band. She totally doesn't play in tune. What is a nice way of making her aware of it? Is there anything I can do to help her?
Posted by: ChemicalGrl

Re: Tuning - 09/10/01 08:13 PM

Hmmm. That's a hard one. You want to be diplomatic about it as well.

Well, let me tell you a little story. There's this guy in my choir who's really nice, but he doesn't sing in tune most of the time. He tries, but he always says he's not very musically inclined. I've offered to help him work through the music, using the excuse that it'll help sharpen my sight-reading skills on the piano (and he's always trying to get me to play the piano for him!). So one time, he was over at my house, and he had missed the previous rehearsal, so I was playing some of the pieces and singing along to them. For some of them, in which the choir sang in unison, he sang along with me, and I helped him with some problematic spots. For those in which we broke off into parts, well, that was a different story. He sings tenor but I call him the reluctant tenor as he would much rather sing the melody. So he hemmed and hawed and at the end just ended up listening to some other pieces I was playing until it was time for him to go home.

Certainly offer the help. It'll be up to the other person whether or not s/he'll accept. But I'd phrase it in such a way so that it would be like you wanting to practise a section together so as not to seem threatening in any way.

Hope this helps! \:\)
Posted by: magnezium

Re: Tuning - 09/12/01 07:54 AM

yeah i'm in a choir too and there are people who just can't keep to a tune... one thing to keep in mind when u help them is that you should not lower their confidence level, or they just won't sing anymore...