How have you been keeping accountable, pitch-wise, during these COVID times?
I have to say, my A=442 orchestra gigs keep my fiddle nice and high-strung during normal times, as well as those times when I play quartets or church gigs.
But during these times, without any outside playing opportunities, I find that the pitch of my strings creeps downwards if I neglect to use a tuner. Because sure, you can tune your violin, but without the accountability of a fixed pitch (or your own perfect pitch, which I do not have!), it will likely meander.
At the beginning of the pandemic that was certainly happening with my students as well -- without in-person lessons, school or youth orchestra, their violins consistently went flat. They weren't necessarily noticing until lesson time, as many of them tuned the fifths, so things sounded relatively in tune. At a certain point, I asked everyone to get a chromatic tuner if they didn't have one, and that has pretty much solved the problem. Their tuners have adjustable hertz levels, so I'm even asking for A=442!
What are you doing to keep your fiddle on-pitch? Or are you bothering? Do you check things every time you play, or not so much? Has this been different for you, in the last months? Do you have lessons or other playing opportunities these days that help keep you accountable? Please share what you use as a pitch source, when you tune, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.
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