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recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

fjh-bb212cs-fTuned In: A Comprehensive Approach to Band Intonation by Brian Balmages & Robert Herrings
Good intonation is one of the most important foundations of music. This book includes a downloadable set of drones in every key for use in combination with the exercises provided. Playing with drones helps musicians better understand pitch tendencies and further develops the ear.

“Tuned In” contains comprehensive studies in every major and minor key featuring:
• Chromatic Intervals
• Interval Tuning
• Chorales that isolate the same pitch in every section
• Drone exercises in major and minor
• Descending triad exercises that explore major, minor and diminished chords

All major and minor scales with suggested drone pitches are included (or use the downloadable option), as well as over 30 chorales with block chord studies.

Several recommended tuning notes for every instrument provide a complete picture of intonation via whole instrument tuning, and whole section and whole band tuning chorales allow you to get a quick snapshot of your band’s intonation and instantly hear any sections that are out of tune!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

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