P1 - B2

Tuning the instrument

  • Understand the basic principles of tuning the instrument and compare the correct pitches to the sound of the open strings

With beginners, ask them to explore the sound of each string – what do they look like, and how do they sound different?

Devise games to help learners recognise the sound of different strings, such as matching physical actions to the sound, e.g. touch the ground when you hear the lowest string; put your hands in the air when you hear the highest string.

Show learners how the instrument is tuned.

Young learners should not attempt to do this themselves yet, though older and adult learners may.

Ask learners to identify whether their sound is the same pitch as that of the teacher.

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