So this past week, I could not, by the love of god, play anything in tune, and for a while, I couldn't figure out why. I would always listen to an excerpt/line from a recording of the piece I'm currently working on, then try to play it myself, but the open string always sounded off.
At first, I thought the problem was my violin, so I made sure to tune it once every 5 minutes during my practice session, and really listen carefully to the tuner. After that, I blamed it on the online tuner I used, but someone in another post verified that the tuner was in fact, relatively accurate.
After that, I blamed my ear, and thought I had a completely warped sense of intonation. However, I listened to the recording again, more carefully, clip by clip, and tried to match the sound. What I discovered about that particular recording is that the open strings were not just a little bit sharp, but very sharp. An open a would be like, and a sharp, or maybe closer to a b!
This made me realize that the recordings that I've been listening to are actually out of tune/tuned differently. Of course, it would not make any sense for the performer to tune his/her violin differently while recording, so the only conclusion that I could make, is that the recordings were altered afterwards to make the pitch higher or lower.
Unless I am completely mistaken, this has to be the case because after discovering this, I went back to play my piece based on my own sense of intonation, and the tune seemed much more consistent than before.
Just out of curiosity, can someone who is familiar with recording techniques explain to me why something like this is done? Like, what's the purpose of altering something if it's tuned properly? If I'm completely off base with this assumption then correct me :). I just wanted to start a discussion regarding this topic, and see what other people had to say about it.
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