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Posted by HS band guy on 5/11/2022, 9:32 am, in reply to "Intonation
I agree with everything that's been mentioned. I use a light drone during long tones based around Concert F (three note remington, 4 note rotating remington, etc), but I make sure not to make it so loud that they can't hear themselves or their neighbor play. I often start the rehearsal by having them hum a concert F with drone as a pitch reference, then I take the drone away and have them move up or down in half steps, then try and "remember" where the F was. I feel it focuses their mind and their ear/pitch center. We do "F around the room" often and tune individuals in sections either as needed or assign specific days of the week to tune a section down the line. I make sure the kids understand what their "tuning notes" are and how to correctly use a tuner at home. In rehearsals, I try to make a big deal about typically flat/sharp notes on specific instruments and have them write a down or up arrow on the problem notes to remind them to adjust embouchure/air stream, etc. In rehearsals, try to find instruments playing the same pitch and have the students listen to either the lowest voice for pitch center or whatever instrument is in the most comfortable range to produce an in-tune sound. Hope this helps!