Dear Lis,
I want to work on my pitch but it’s hard to do by myself since I’m not sure when I’m in tune.

Dear George,

There is a wonderful, inexpensive program called ”Vocal Lab“ Unfortunately it’s only made for the Mac. (If you find a good program for the PC please let me know at

Click on a note in Vocal Lab and the computer will play it, showing you the note on a line on a graph. Then you sing it into your microphone and you’ll see your sung note on the graph. Is it too low? Does it slide into the line? Does it stay on the line? Start with the vowel ‘oo’ as in ‘tooth’. Then switch to ‘e’ as in ‘teeth’. The hardest for most people will be ‘ah’ as in ‘ma’. This little program does one thing and it does it well. It trains you to hear when the pitch is right because you can see it.

Lis Lewis is a vocal coach in Los Angeles. Her website has all the information a pop singer needs to further their career. Her clients include Rihanna, The Bravery, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Eat World, Courtney Love and the All-American Rejects.


Originally posted 2010-11-22 22:10:38.