Now shipping....


http://fatboygear.net

Loretta Lynn once said that when you start to believe your own press, you are a fool (or something to that effect. It was a while ago I heard it.) I'd like to use that analogy to make a point about another flattering hype-spinner... tuned vocals.

Tuned vocals are a double edged sword. They are sweet music to the listening ear when the untuned version would irritate, distract or hurt. They are sweet liars to the performer. When we start to believe we really sang the vocal that way, we are fools... fooled into complacency... and a playback of a recording of our next live gig may surprise us in unflattering ways.

Here is what I strongly advise those singing in the studio.

    * Circumvent the issue: Sing as in-tune as possible so there is as little need for tuning as possible.

    * Have a discussion with your producer and/or engineer: Ask how they envision having your vocals tuned in a way that sounds natural within your genre (read: instead of overtuning!!) There is no reason to lose a 'heart moment' in a vocal if it could just be goosed slightly one way or another with a tuner to pitch correct it. But there is also the danger of losing the 'heart moment' if the vocal is overtuned and sounds too mechanical or unhumanly perfect. The odds are that your producer is of a similar mind, but letting your preference for more "insightful" use of vocal tuners be known can make a difference.

    * Have the guts to hear your untuned vocal. Know what you really did.

    * Train your voice to be able to sing in live performance as well as your tuned vocal! Otherwise, trusting that you really sing that way can cause you some major embarrassment.

Like all tools, tuning used wisely can greatly enhance the impact of your vocals. Unwisely trusted, tuning can give you a false sense of security. Let the tuned singer beware!

Views: 12

Tags: judy rodman, overtune, pitch, singing in the studio, tuner, vocal

Comment

You need to be a member of Nashville Music Pros to add comments!

Join Nashville Music Pros

Comment by Juni Fisher on April 11, 2011 at 4:28pm
Amen sister! I just sing it right, if not the first time, the second or third...but tuning...no.

Latest Activity

John Heinrich posted a status
"Playing Billy Bob's in Froth Worth, Texas with Ronnie Milsap, here we are in Sound check!"
Sunday
John Heinrich posted a photo
Sunday
Terry Watson updated their profile
Thursday
Scott Pope updated their profile
Jul 21
Scott Pope posted photos
Jul 21
Larry Sherdian posted a status
"Who can fix my KM184's?"
Jul 21
Jim Moran and John Heinrich are now friends
Jul 20
Profile IconBarry Gordon, David Kiggins, Joseph Nicoletti and 3 more joined Nashville Music Pros
Jul 19
John Heinrich posted a photo
Jul 16
Burnice Bloosemgame joined Bret Teegarden's group
Jul 11
Joe Reed updated their profile
Jul 10
Jim Colyer posted a photo
Jul 9
Jim Colyer shared a profile on Twitter
Jul 9
Jim Colyer posted a status
"Annie B recorded "Put Me On The Spot!"... Jim Colyer"
Jul 9
Jim Colyer posted a song

 play PUT ME ON THE SPOT! - Annie B

02:41
Jul 9
Jim Colyer posted a status
"I recorded "Put Me On The Spot!" with Annie B."
Jul 9

© 2014   Created by Bret Teegarden.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service