Using Tuning Expressively

Many people used to the fixed tuning of the piano think of tuning as something that’s simply right or wrong. But it’s also possible to get different expressive effects in performance by adjusting your tuning—in ways that can all be, in a sense, equally “right.” Discussions of expressive tuning are particularly prominent in choirs and among fretless string players. Because this isn’t an area we know in great detail, for now we’ll give a few resources here, and then urge you to experiment for yourself! If you have ideas for techniques or resources that would be useful here, please feel free to share them with us.

Resources for Violin (and other string) tuning

Choral approaches to tuning


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