For manay years I have been encouraging the use of JI tuning for harps, zithers, and other appropriate stringed instruments. The results of many workshops have impressed upon me the need for a simplified tuning procedure for implementing JI on acoustical stringed instruments. Certain recurring mental blocks keep reappearing among musicians, for example, the inability to handle ratios. At the same time, many of the musicians I encounter who have a genuine interest in JI are implementing it solely through electronic media, especially synthesizers. The electronic keyboards have great potential in exploring new tunings and timbres, but re-tuning them is (dare I say it?) almost too easy! The proliferation of tuneable electronic keyboards presents the potential danger that hands-on tuning skills for strings may be lost.
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