Magic Choral Trick #21 The Korg Chromatic Tuner
Given the right circumstances, most people can learn to sing in tune most of the time. In this age of ‘Autotune’ those of us who cringe at out of tune music can at least do our grocery shopping in relative peace – though as the overhead music is playing I have been known to exclaim to my offspring things like “Holy smokes! Soon that poor girl will not have any voice at all!” But that has to do with how the voice is produced and not the tuning. (And yes, offspring do find this sort of outburst very embarrassing.)
I used to announce to whoever would listen that as soon as I figured out how to get amateur choirs to sing in tune I could quit.
But now that this goal is in sight, choral directing is more fun than ever!
Once again this great leap forward was introduced to me by an amazing Master coach – Judy Comeau. (Director of A Cappella Showcase – from Milton, Ontario)
The day that every member of my women’s Barbershop chorus bought her own Korg Chromatic Tuner was the day this happiness began. Sure there are many other things that can be done for pitch – but this was the most effective of all.
It acts as a biofeedback tool.
It can be used at rehearsal.
It can be used in the privacy of the singer’s home.
Probably the best $30 investment any singer can make.
A wonderful self esteem builder for any singer with pitch issues – because now there’s something quite simple that they can do about it.
Here’s the link:
I said that the process was simple. However, it’s not easy initially. The aim of the game is to keep the green light on – the one in the middle – as you sing a note.
To notice a substantial shift in your choir’s tuning, the singers don’t have to become experts, or perfect. They just have to use it often enough for the tuning to get a bit better, which means finding the co-relation between what they’re doing physically, and pitch.
More about other ways to use the Korg later.