Hanno Strydom | Cello Teacher | Twin Cities, MN

Tuning Pitches

As discussed in your lessons, use these tuning pitches to practice your scales, exercises, and even particular passages from the repertoire. Click on the pitch that corresponds with the key in which you are playing. For example, if you are practicing a D major scale, use the D drone; if the passage you are practicing is in C minor, use the C drone. Of course, make sure that your cello is tuned properly first! As you play, listen very carefully to make sure that every note is really in tune with the drone. Only two notes—the second and seventh scale degrees—will be dissonant against the drone. All of the others will be consonant, with the perfect intervals (unison, octave, fourth and fifth) being the most consonant of all. also has great tuning drones and the site even has a built-in metronome! Drone Tone Tool apps are also available in both the Google Play and Apple App stores.