North Tyneside Music Hub Raffle Results

Thank you sooo much to everyone who bought and sold raffle tickets to support North Tyneside Music Hub. Give yourselves a huge pat on the back because we raised nearly £1000!!!

The winning tickets are:
1st: 1365 (Electric Guitar Package – claimed)
2nd: 0834 (£25 Shopping Vouchers – claimed)
3rd: 1108 (£25 Shopping Vouchers)
Congratulations to all our winners 🙂

North Tyneside Music Education Hub (NTMEH) offer brilliant music opportunities to young people across the county including orchestras, choirs, steel pan bands, training bands and loads more. Most of these activities are free of charge which is why every penny we raised is so important. If your children would like to get involved, you can find out more at http://www.ntmeh.org.uk/.

As the guitar package was donated by enjoymuzic – your North East Music Shop and the shopping vouchers were kindly provided by the management at Royal Quays, the full amount of your donations will go towards supporting music for young people.

Thanks again for your support!

NTMEH Concert

How to use a digital tuner

 

We always encourage you to buy a tuner with any stringed instrument – most often a guitar or a ukulele. Many phones and tablets have a download app you can use and obviously something is better than nothing but there are a few reasons why a clip-on tuner is a better option.

The first is that, because they work by vibration, a clip-on tuner is significantly more accurate than either an app or a desk tuner for stringed instruments. The second positive about a clip-on tuner is that they aren’t disturbed by external noise eg: other people tuning around you or the TV.

So, what’s the best and easiest way to use a clip-on tuner to get the maximum results? Just follow the easy steps below, ideally every time you play, to keep your instrument sounding great:

– Make sure your tuner is set up correctly for the instrument you are tuning. You may have options for mode – eg which instrument and notes you need so make sure you’ve selected an appropriate option first. Also there may be a choice of pitch. In normal circumstances, this should be set to 440, which is standard concert pitch.

– Attach your tuner in a way that gets the best reception. This is the headstock of a guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin and the middle of the back of the neck on a violin. Try slightly different angles and positions until you find your perfect positioning where you get a good signal, you can see the display clearly and you can comfortably reach the tuning pegs.

– It sounds obvious, but make sure the peg you are turning relates to the string you are trying to tune! If in doubt, follow the string along to find the peg it’s attached to. Even experienced musicians sometimes snap a string by turning the wrong peg and not stopping to wonder why the pitch of the string isn’t changing :-).

– New strings go further out of tune and a lot more often so don’t worry if you seem to spend a lot of time tuning at first. As long as you store your instrument away from changing heat (not near a radiator or in the loft/conservatory/shed!) then it should settle down so you can tune once or twice a week.

We have a great selection of tuners for all instruments in store at Royal Quays, or you can see them here:

http://www.enjoymuzic.com/acatalog/musical-instrument-tuners.html

TGI 81 Digital Tuner