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    Tuning Your Orchestra

    When you tune your orchestra, make sure your strings are in order, and all their strings are tuned a fifth apart. Also, test your pizz. in your basses, and make sure you can hear them from the audience. Also, make sure the timpani is tuned properly, and your harp glissandos can be heard from a good 50 feet or so.

    Your oboe should be able to play long scales, because thats what oboe players like to do.

    Tombones like to tune to a Bflat, and not an A like the strings.

    And finally when the conductor says its time to go, you have to be ready or they deduct your pay.

    Here's a clip of how to tune your orchestra.
    http://www.box.net/shared/58rrht84qu
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Good morning, Tuba

    What a fun clip! I sat for a moment expecting to hear the tap-tap-tap of the Conductor's baton on the music stand.

    A friend suggested that a fun way to start the production of my musical "Dorian" next year would be with a simulation of an orchestra tuning up, since the production will feature my GPO generated "virtual orchestra." Cute idea - The joke may not Quite be in the mood of the dramatic show that follows, but I still have that idea in the back of mind.

    If I decide to do that - Maybe I could use your tuning recording? You certainly did it well! All GPO?

    Thanks for a diverting start to the day!

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Call me silly, but I love the sound of an orchestra tuning up! That swelling of potential power, all those lovely harmonics!

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Owen

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Indeed it is all GPO.

    I took the liberty of tuning the timpani manually, while the rest of the orchestra was tuning. Yep, all GPO. No tricks. And of course you can use it. It's not copyright. And you can't really copyright intonation anyway.
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    PS. If you really want to use it, I can spend a little bit more time, and add like a horn rip, and a tombone sliding. Trumpet stacattos. Or something. Perhaps some piano licks. I'll start now, I have nothing better to do.
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Hello again, Tuba

    It really is effective, your GPO tuning clip. And thanks for giving me permission to use it if I decide to try the idea out. I'd need a full strength .wav file if I go for it - I'll contact you about that via PM or email if the need arises.

    Even though "...you can't really copyright intonation anyway..." You are the creator of the recording and automatically have copyright to it, so this is something you are in control of. I appreciate the license! I'll let you know if I want to try out my friend's idea.

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser-
    Hello again, Tuba

    It really is effective, your GPO tuning clip. And thanks for giving me permission to use it if I decide to try the idea out. I'd need a full strength .wav file if I go for it - I'll contact you about that via PM or email if the need arises.

    Even though "...you can't really copyright intonation anyway..." You are the creator of the recording and automatically have copyright to it, so this is something you are in control of. I appreciate the license! I'll let you know if I want to try out my friend's idea.

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)
    Valid point. At any rate I'm not too attached to it.

    Here's the WAV with some extra umph...
    http://www.box.net/shared/58rrht84qu
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    lol this is great! I wanted to simulate an orchestra tuning up at the start of a piece during my university studies, but my lecturer told me not to (read "told me off"), saying "composing is a serious business". and he was marking it so alas i didnt do it!

    What happens 7 seconds into this? something weird happens in the brass? the way a whole collection of instruments join in 2 seconds in with a bass drum (important to tune that of course) suggests a piece is coming and it doesnt! its great! question: why isnt there one violist desperately trying to tune at the end?! theres always one!

    Ben

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Very coooool!
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

    Listen to me, tuning my triangle http://www.box.net/shared/ae822u6r3i

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    Re: Tuning Your Orchestra

    Quote Originally Posted by BenNichols
    lol this is great! I wanted to simulate an orchestra tuning up at the start of a piece during my university studies, but my lecturer told me not to (read "told me off"), saying "composing is a serious business". and he was marking it so alas i didnt do it!

    What happens 7 seconds into this? something weird happens in the brass? the way a whole collection of instruments join in 2 seconds in with a bass drum (important to tune that of course) suggests a piece is coming and it doesnt! its great! question: why isnt there one violist desperately trying to tune at the end?! theres always one!

    Ben
    If I could figure out how to turn off the vibrato setting of the solo violin I'd make it just one Violin. If anyone knows the midi code to shut off vibrat, that'd be fantastic.
    Yours Truly,
    TubaJediMaster
    May the Fourth Be With You

    My demos:
    http://www.box.net/shared/ejtluyupfb

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