Review: Tonal Energy tuner app

I’m going to say it right now: I’m not a giant fan of digital tuners. In my book, Cello Practice, Cello Performance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), I wrote

Playing into a tuner isn’t a good way to train the ear. Even if a cellist could play every single note into a tuner with perfect results, this progress would vanish once the tuner was turned off, because truly internalized tuning must be done with the ears, not the eyes. The tuner, in other words, is only useful for tuning the open strings of the cello, not for anything else. (p. 15)

There are plenty of great musicians whose playing I respect who would disagree with this, but I stand behind my statement that playing into a tuner doesn’t improve your intonation. If it did, there would be a lot less bad intonation in the music schools of this world.

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