by Cecile Cinco
You may have a musical instrument like strings (guitar, violin, cello, banjo, etc.), which are those that usually get out of tune either accidentally or not, and you don’t have any tuning gadget when you want your instrument in tune. If you have an organ, that would be fine, but since an organ is quite expensive, it is more likely that owning an organ is a vague option.
You may have strong musical talent that you know by heart how the middle C or ‘DO’ sounds like but such people are rare. Besides, we want our instrument in line with the others when we play together like an orchestra or a small ensemble.
Here at home, 4 out of 5 play a string instrument. My husband plays the guitar (and he’s so good at it), whether classical or pop. I play the octavina which is a 14-string instrument but equivalent to 6 only, and 2 of our 3 girls play the banduria which also plays like an octavina but smaller and it has a higher pitch.
We don’t have a tuning fork nor any tuning gadget. But we have the internet and thanks to the genius mind who created the virtual keyboard we can tune our strings with no problem at all.
Apart from tuning your strings online, you can also actually play with the virtual keyboard using the piano, organ, saxophone, flute, pan pipes, strings, guitar, double bass and steel drums with matching any of the 6 drum beats. It has a chord mode and a set of instructions as well. You can use your mouse or your keyboard.
If you’re new to playing ANY musical instrument and you like to play with the virtual keyboard, try the simple yet all-encompassing middle octave song that was popularized by The Sound Of Music, Do-Re-Mi
(bold letters mean an octave higher)
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