[The tune I play at the beginning of this Quick Tip is called “Angeline the Baker“].
Hi, I’m Vi Wickam with a myTalentForge.com Quick Tip of the Week!
What we’re going to talk about today is drones. Drones- not just as something we play in a song, like I did right there in Angeline the Baker.
I’m talking about drones as a practice tip. So if I want to drone […], I can use an open string drone […] to play my scales, and it will give me a reference point, or a reference note, to adjust my intonation to.
Drones, in general, are a great way to practice your intonation. I have an app called iTablaPro. Tablas are an Indian kind of drone.
But the Tabla program also has a drone that you can play along to, so you can have a rhythm and a drone to play along with.
Darol Anger has also recently released a drones album that he has available on Band Camp, if you’re interested in it. It’s a really useful tool.
If I’m in the key of D and I’m playing a song in the key of D, I might want a drone that’s a D note. And maybe I want a drone that’s an A note. So I can also play along with the 5th of the chord. Either of those are acceptable.
I would recommend starting with the drone of the key you’re playing in. So play a song in the key of D. And play a drone that’s a D note using either one of these apps.
You could also record a drone to play along with. Or you could download the drones that Darol Anger has recorded that you could play along with!
So there’s a lot of flexible options in the realm of drones, but I highly recommend you make use of them!
Drones are a great tool for improving your intonation.
And that’s your Quick Tip of the Week for myTalentForge.com. I’m Vi Wickam, and I’ll see you next time!