Magic Choral Trick #22 Using Your New Korg Tuner at Home
If you’re anything like me – this first step will be the most unpleasant. You may have to read the directions that come with the tuner.
Once you’ve figured out the basic operation though, you can start to play with it right away.
Pick a note, any note, (the name of the pitch you’re singing will appear up in the right hand corner of the screen – not that which note it is matters right now) and sustain it for as long as you can – seeing how much of the time you can keep the green light even flickering. The red ‘sharp’ light, or the red ‘flat’ light may be going crazy – but don’t judge yourself too harshly – it’ll take some practice.
Start by using just the formed vowels. Try sustaining a note on ‘oo’ first. I find that of the five formed vowels, ‘oo’ seems easier to control pitch wise. You may find that making sure that the back teeth are apart makes quite a difference in your ability to control variations in pitch.
An added bonus of doing this is the amount of oxygen you’re going to be processing. Most people want to try singing the note as long as possible so they have more time to adjust it, and make the little green light come on. So you may find that this also helps with breath control.
I’ll give everyone a couple of weeks to master this – then I’ll get back to you with more Korg exercises.
I’ve been conscious of singing in tune for about 51 years now, and spent a big chunk of my career as a professional singer – and even I find it tricky. However, when my son unpacked and started to play on his first DS he had very few gaming skills. Apparently he’s “awesome” now. The Korg tuner is sort of like a DS for singers – but with some wonderful results in the real world.