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Country Vocals Lessons: Pitch Exercise: Practicing with a Tuner

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[MUSIC]
So we talked about
that feedback loop.
That very necessary
complete system between
the sound that you produce and
what your ears hear and
then how your mind and
your body respond to what you hear.
That's the complete feedback
system that has to be working and
really tuned in,
in order for your pitch and
your ability to tune your pitch and
keep your pitch in tune,
to be top notch and
working at it's best as a singer.
When your feedback loop is in
excellent working order and
doing what it's suppose to do,
you will be able to hear,
[SOUND] when you hear a note and
you sing a note.
[SOUND] That you can tell if
you are [SOUND] are in tune.
A lot of that Is intuitive,
it's subconscious.
It's our mind and our body responding
at a very primal level to basically
[SOUND] bring the sound waves that we
are producing [SOUND] with our voices in
harmony, in resonances, in line [SOUND]
to match as perfectly as possible [SOUND]
the sound waves that are being created
by the instrument we're playing with or
the other voice that we're singing with.
So when we hear a note,
[SOUND] when we're perfectly in tune,
we hear and
feel the satisfying resonance that
happens between the combined sound waves.
When we are a little
under the frequency or
the pitch that we're supposed to be in,
we are flat.
That's what we perceive as flat [SOUND].
[SOUND I went from being
a little flat,
[MUSIC]
to being in tune.
Now I'm gonna demonstrate sharp.
When you're a little above the frequency,
you're sharp.
When you hear someone say
you're a little sharp,
it means your frequency,
the pitch that you're hitting
is a little bit higher in frequency
than the one you're trying to match.
[SOUND] I'm sharp,
now I'm gonna bring
it down in tune [SOUND].
When your feedback loop is working
beautifully you can hear that and
feel that in your body and your mind.
They thrill to the sound of being in tune.
If your feedback loop
isn't trained enough or
isn't experienced enough
to do that on it's own yet,
you can train your feedback loop
using a simple external device.
Your simple external device
may be your brother or
your band leader or your guitar player.
Someone that's giving you feedback and
helping you make the adjustments
that you need to.
But it might be that you wanna keep
a little handy dandy tuner in your life so
that you can train your body and
your ear and
your feedback system to recognize what
it feels like to be perfectly in tune.
And I'm gonna do a quick demonstration
here with my handy dandy tuner device.
This is a free app that I downloaded and
there are a number of
great free tuning app.
You can put it on your phone,
your iPad, your Android, your device,
put it on your computer and practice.
Wherever you are, if this is something
that you know you need work on,
you can train your ear and
train your voice, the musculature, all of
the subconscious events that have to come
into play, to practice singing in tune.
So right now, I'm gonna watch my tuner.
And I'm just gonna randomly
sing some notes and
let my tuner give me the feedback of
whether I'm in tune [SOUND].
Well I'm close to a F sharp.
[SOUND] I'm close to an F sharp but
I haven't seen that happy green
light light up in the middle yet so
I'm going to try again [SOUND].
So, I did finally get
it up into the green,
I was a little below, I was a little flat.
[SOUND] Now if I have a little
bit of a vibrato in my tone, and
I'm varying my pitch ever so
subtly with vibrato,
it'll be harder for the tuner to
recognize it as perfectly in tune.
So when I'm singing, trying to
match perfect tuning, I'm gonna try
to take as much vibrato out of my tone
as possible so that my variation or
modulation of pitch inside my
vibrato doesn't confuse the tuner.
[SOUND] There,
I finally got it in tune.
It's hard, it takes a lot of air support,
more great practice engaging that
diaphragm, filling my lungs,
feeling how much air support
it requires to maintain pitch.
[SOUND] Finally, all right,
I'm gonna go down into my lower register.
[SOUND] I'm a little sharp,
let me see if I can adjust that down.
[SOUND]
>> Okay, that was the A below middle C.
[SOUND] The more I practice this,
the more muscle memory I develop so
that I recognize, again,
this is stuff that happens subconsciously.
The more you do it, the more you practice,
the more internal and
automatic it will become when you go for
that pitch to find it and
be able to land on it and stay in tune.
So find your friendly tuning app,
keep it on you and
use it as a practice tool.
It will help you a lot as you develop
the muscle memory and the ear training,
and body training required to have your
feedback loop working
at it optimal best so
you will always sing in tune.
[MUSIC]