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Magic Choral Trick #381 Doug’s Tuning Trick

Doug, who sings in my men’s chorus, arrived at rehearsal the other night with something new he’d discovered for bringing a pitch up to where it needs to be.

He was working with Tonal Energy Tuner on his phone ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tonalenergy-tuner-metronome/id497716362?mt=8 ) and was sustaining a pitch – but having difficulty with the accuracy.

He says he tried tapping his forehead, which worked a little. But then he began to draw circles – with a light massage touch, just above the space between his eyebrows, and amazingly, the Tonal Energy Tuner told him he’d raised the pitch, and was no longer singing flat.

“Cool!” I said, “Let’s try that with the chorus!!!”

So throughout the evening, on sustained chords at the ends of phrases I asked all the guys to do this ‘third eye massage’, and amazingly, the chords began to lock in more quickly than usual.

I tried it the next night with my women’s chorus, and it worked for them too!!

Of course some of my singers wanted an explanation – and though I have a few theories, I feel that it’s immaterial. (In the same way that understanding electricity is not a prerequisite for turning on a lamp)

What does interest me though is the technique’s possible continuing effectiveness. And after the singers have internalized the feeling of the light circular third eye massage, would it be enough of a trigger for in tune singing if only I were to do it?

Regardless – thanks Doug for your willingness to share the weird stuff!!!

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