1) Online Tuning Fork
To tune a violin, select “Violin/Mandolin” from the “Preset Instrument Tunings” drop-down menu. Buttons will appear that are marked with the open strings.
To tune a viola, select “Viola/Tenor Banjo” from the “Preset Instrument Tunings” drop-down menu. Buttons will appear that are marked with the open strings.
To tune a cello, select “Cello” from the “Preset Instrument Tunings” drop-down menu. Buttons will appear that are marked with the open strings.
DO NOT CONFUSE the “Viola” and “Cello” settings. The buttons are marked the same, but the actual tones are different.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TUNE YOUR INSTRUMENT if your teacher hasn’t yet shown you how. Broken strings are painful and expensive to replace.
2) Online Metronome
Set both the “Primary” and “Accent” tones to “Click.”
3) Music Supply Shops, Real and Online
The Violin Shop of Santa Fe (ES Director’s pick for real shop): http://violinshopofsantafe.com/Site_Vln/Home.html
Young Musicians (ES Director’s pick for online shop): http://www.young-musicians.com/
Robertson and Sons, in Albuquerque: http://robertsonviolins.com/
Metronomes and Tone Generators
In no particular order:
1) KORG TM40 ~$30.00 http://www.young-musicians.com/korg-tm-40-tuner-metronome.html
2) SEIKO SQ200 ~$50.00 http://www.young-musicians.com/seiko-sq200-digital-quartz-metronome.html (ES Director’s pick: a bit pricey, but if you take care of it and don’t lose it, it will serve you for your entire career, from now into college and beyond)
3) SNARK SN-6 ~$20.00 http://www.snarktuners.com/clipongbv.html
1) K & M (Koenig & Meyer) ~$37
2) K & M (Koenig & Meyer) ~$51
These stands are German-engineered, one-piece, and made of steel. One of these will last your entire career, provided you don’t lose or damage it. Don’t buy the knock-off brands; they are substantially less reliable.