Staying in Tune

Last week, I took advantage of technology, and decided to record myself singing “My Funny Valentine” over a track from the iRealBook. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

Turns out that the perfect pitch ear that I had umpteen years ago has also gotten rusty. I was surprised at how many notes were just not on pitch. This was also confirmed when Fred Hughes approached me about intonation at rehearsal. And it’s so easy for me to point that out in other musicians.. . .

So, I am adding a new phase to my practicing. I will record myself singing the songs we have worked on, and then identify the intervals that are not in tune. They I will practice, practice, practice the intervals with the aid of a tuner from the Guitar Toolkit app for my iPhone.

Still trying to get to Carnegie . . .

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