For my ear training practice, I would like to begin figuring out some Django solos on my own, without TAB. The only problem is they're tuned slightly off of A440. I'm wondering if they were tuned to a specific frequency consistently, and if so, what was it (A439 ??) , OR are there decent recordings I can buy that have been tweeked so the songs are tuned up to A440.
Let me know if you know this !
If you have to shift it rahter than retune your axe...use transcribe or other software and correct the pitch.....harder done than said
Transcribe = $39
Amazing Slow Downer = $15-49
Retune your guitar = $0
Pick a song out in the wrong key and mentally transpose it to the correct key = Priceless (but hardly worth the angst)
http://www.amazon.com/Retrospective-193 ... rospective
According to him, everything is tuned to A440; i haven't actually tested this but I don't see why he 'd lie
Otherwise, I usually just tune my guitar to whatever the tuning is or if it's not too far off, I deal with it and use my relative pitch
Exactly, it wouldn't.
True true... those 24/96 DACs from the 1930's and 1940's were very buggy... and don't even get me started on the problems with the WWII-era versions of Pro-Tools... uggh. ;-)
In this day and age... it's awesome. I can't remember the last time I used my strobe tuner because the one on my phone is better. I know I know... that's sacrilege, but it's true - or at least it gives me better results. The phone is battery driven so it doesn't have to contend with powerline noise and it generates a background noise profile and subtracts it from the tuned signal so it's like a strobe tuner but without the fiddly things that happen to strobe tuners if the furnace is on or whatever.
In Django's day - a tuning fork was high tech. Hell, I remember touring with a singing group in the early '80s which was 50 years after those early Django recordings but still primitive compared to now. Occasionally we'd wind up at a venue with no piano and couldn't find the pitch pipe - so we'd rehearse and sometimes even perform with no pitch reference. Our "reference" was one of our tenors... a guy named Frank who could somehow find a middle D. He'd tilt his head back a little and hum and vocalize a bit so he could feel the tone in his throat and also in his nose and then somehow by feel he would come up with it and sing: "There's a Dddddddddd" .... I can still hear and see him doing that odd ritual... sort of looked reminiscent of a bird mating-ritual... lol... but man - somehow he always nailed it - which was a good thing because our repertoire pushed our basses low and our sopranos high, so if we were off pitch by much, it got ugly.