The repetition of this passage at intervals throughout the composition suggests occasional hasty and ill-timed efforts to tune up.
The old violin was brought out and Diamond proceeded to tune up.
Now that we were started on our journey we felt great and I began to tune up.
The music was beginning to tune up from the gambling places and saloons.
She generally makes us uneasy when she begins to tune up on her fine-writing timbrel.
The musicians were just beginning to "tune up," as Uncle Tad said.
To cure this, each boy must tune up separately, then all should be tried together.
Then he slipped off the platform, and the band began to tune up.
Smith poked Leverett with his rifle: "tune up," he said; "tell Clinch your story."
These put the voice in good condition, tune up the vocal chords and oil up the mechanism, so to speak.
late 14c., "a musical sound, a succession of musical notes," unexplained variant of tone. Meaning "state of being in proper pitch" is from mid-15c.
"bring into a state of proper pitch," c.1500, from tune (n.). Non-musical meaning "to adjust an organ or receiver" is recorded from 1887. Verbal phrase tune in in reference to radio (later also TV) is recorded from 1913; figurative sense of "become aware" is recorded from 1926. Tune out "to eliminate radio reception" is recorded from 1908; figurative sense of "disregard, stop heeding" is from 1928. Related: Tuned; tuning.
To bring something, esp a car motor, to its best state of effectiveness; tinker with to improve: tuning up for the race at Santa Ana
[1901+; fr the process of tuning a musical instrument, suggested by the fact that the performance of motors can be gauged by their sound]