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Hello Beth, I noticed the “Drones for practice” information on the home page. I checked it out and I’m not sure how to use them. Do you have instructions on how to use the Drones in the video lessons library? I couldn’t find one. If one does exist could you point me in the right direction? If not could you someday put together a video demonstrating how to use them? I‘m interested in anything that would help me with intonation and making practicing scales more exciting. I’ll bet I’m not the only one that could use some excitement when doing scales! LOL

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Posted: June 26, 2011
Last Comment: June 29, 2011

Posted: June 29, 2011
Hehe, this is definitely an exercise that needs to be done alone...or bystanders will go crazy ;)

Posted: June 28, 2011
Beth, Great video! It was just what I needed. Now I need to get to work.
Thanks for all you do>

Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 28, 2011
I made a video yesterday about practicing with drones. I'll be editing and uploading very soon.

Posted: June 27, 2011
I think Al is unsure about what he should do with the tones that are generated in the drone. Are you supposed to travel up the scale randomly to the drone....try and match tone to tone in the drone ???

The tones sort of travel and loop around and I too am not quite sure what to do with it. I've never practiced to something like that before but I imagine it's going to be interesting and fun once I figure out what to do with it...lol

BTW Beth, you did mention something about creating a "loop"...what exactly is that ?

I've found a "Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory" whilst browsing the book store the other day...I think I'll mosey on over to Amazon and check it out... <:-D

Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 27, 2011
Great information form everyone. Thank you.

Posted: June 27, 2011
Hi Beth, they are computer generated I think, I have it on my computer and I can turn the sound up as much as I like but the sound blends very well with my violin, it's good :) it's $9.99 from iTunes.

Posted: June 27, 2011
I have a CD I purchased on Amazon with cello drones, it is called "Cello Drones for Tuning and Improvisation" and can be found here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OS6R0Y/ref=dm_sp_alb I don't know if this would be helpful to you -- I'm too much of a beginner to really evaluate such things -- but thought I would mention it "just in case it helps" (-:

Posted: June 27, 2011
Beth, Thanks for the quick response. I’ll look forward to the video and working with drones.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 27, 2011
Al, I do mention practicing with an external sound source in one of the videos on Intonation. Since then, I thought it would be even better to practice with a drone, which would include a fifth with the fundamental pitch. I will make a video expressively on practicing with a drone though.

Jo, are the tones on this tuning CD computer generated? What do they sound like?

When I made the A drone (Resources: Audio files), I was amazed how much the violin sounded like a bagpipe when you created loops. I would love to make very pure violin sounding drones. My thought is that it would be easier for students to match pitch to like-sounding timbres. I realized this during a lesson when I had a student tune carefully to a piano drone (I was plunking a fifth on the piano). She couldn't tune to it. Then I droned the same pitches on the violin, and it was much easier for her.

Posted: June 27, 2011
Hello Al, this is the Drone I use, it's really good:


I'll leave Beth to explain how to use a Drone :) but I believe there is already a video making reference to its use, can't remember which one it is now...maybe the one about playing in tune?