In this lesson, Mircea Gogoncea breaks down the exact steps of how to tune a guitar. Beginning with an overview of equal temperament, Gogoncea explains why certain intervals sound more in-tune than others in this system.
After briefly demonstrating what it actually sounds like to be out of tune, Gogoncea shares three different methods players of all levels can use to ensure they’re in tune. Later in the lesson, he discusses more detailed topics such as why you should tune to A=442 when playing with an orchestra and how the left hand can severely affect the intonation of notes in the upper register.
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About Mircea Gogoncea
Mircea Gogoncea is a 26-year old Romanian-German classical guitarist based in Los Angeles. He has performed in over 350 concerts on 5 continents. Having been awarded a total of 166 prizes, he is also considered one of the guitarists with the highest number of awards in the world.
Among the most prestigious of these are the 1st prize at the 2018 Havana International Guitar Competition in Cuba, 1st prize at the Julián Arcas Guitar Competition in Almería, Spain, 1st prize at the GFA Youth Solo Competition in Los Angeles and the Audience Prize at the F. Tárrega Competition in Benicassim, Spain.
In April 2018, he organized and taught the first-ever guitar masterclass and workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. Fundraising for this charity project consisted in a 7-concert tour of India and one performance in Germany, where, together with his chamber music partners, he raised triple their project’s target amount.
He is currently a Teacher’s Assistant for classical guitar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a doctoral student under Grammy award winner Scott Tennant. He graduated with maximum marks and honors from the “Konzertexamen” excellence program at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf under Joaquín Clerch, as well as the “Advanced Diploma” program of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Previously, he had completed two master’s degrees simultaneously in Düsseldorf and London. During his studies in London, he was awarded the inaugural David Russell Prize in 2014.