Could you play a tune for us on the piano?¿Podrías tocarnos una tonada en el piano?
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My violin strings were out of tune, so I had to transpose the entire piece during the recital.Las cuerdas de mi violín estaban desafinadas, así que tuve que transportar toda la pieza durante el recital.
The architect did such a miserable job that there wasn't a single element that was in tune with the other.El arquitecto hizo un trabajo tan malo que no hubo ni un solo elemento en armonía con ningún otro.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
can you remember the tune?¿te acuerdas de la melodía or la música?;the cello has the tune at that pointel chelo lleva la melodía en esa parte;it hasn't got much tuneno es muy melódico;no tiene mucha melodía
dance tunecanción (f) bailable
come on, give us a tune!(sing)¡vamos, cántanos algo!
he gave us a tune on the pianonos tocó un tema al piano
to hum a tunetararear una melodía/canción
he was playing my favourite tunethe orchestra was playing a selection of tunes from The Merry Widow.she was humming a merry tuneyou couldn't tell what they were playing - there was no tune at allto [dance] to sb's tunethe churches end up dancing to the tune of their big business sponsors
to the tune of sth
(sung) to the tune of Rule Britanniacon la música de Rule Britannia;repairs to the tune of £300arreglos por la bonita suma de 300 libras;he was in debt to the tune of £4,000tenía deudas que llegaban a 4.000 libras
to the tune of £500the prison is overpopulated to the tune of 1600try singing X to the tune of Y
to call the tunellevar la voz cantante
she calls the tune in their house
to change one's tunecambiar de parecer
you've changed your tune since this morning, haven't you?he soon changed his tune and started working as hard as the others
to sing another or a different tunebailar a un son distinto
11 months ago, the Government was singing a different tuneto sing the same tuneit doesn't help when politicians argue in public - we should all be singing the same tune
the same old tune: I'm bored with politicians singing the same old tuneestoy harto de oír a los políticos siempre hablar de lo mismo
he can't sing in tuneno sabe cantar sin desafinar;no sabe cantar afinado
to be out of tune[+instrument]estar desafinado
to go out of tunedesafinar;to sing out of tunecantar desafinado;desafinar
the guitar is a bit out of tuneshe sings out of tune
to be in/out of tune with sth/sb
he is in/out of tune with the peoplesintoniza con/está desconectado con el pueblo;his ideas were in/out of tune with the spirit of his agesus ideas estaban a tono/desentonaban con el espíritu de su época
to be in tune with the timesthe president is more in tune with the times than his predecessorthis is one more sign that the party is in tune with the interests of the peoplethis is one more sign that the party is out of tune with the interests of the peoplemen are less in tune with their bodies than women
we tune our guitars before every performancethey were tuning up their instrumentswe had to have the piano tuned after we moved house
2(Mec)[+engine, machine]poner a punto;afinar
it is capable of 100mph with a well-tuned engine
I came across the programme while tuning my radiotune your TV or video recorder to the show tomorrowto be [tuned] to
you are tuned (in) to ...está usted sintonizando (la cadena) ...
my radio is permanently tuned to Radio 4
stay tuned to this station for a further announcementsigan en sintonía con esta emisora para escuchar otro anuncio
she spent years spent tuning her physique to compete against top athletesI've tuned my style to that of the journal I write for now
to tune to sth(to programme, channel)sintonizar algo
lovers of this sort of pop should tune to the John Peel showmillions of people tune to the BBC each week