How to Use Melodyne to Evaluate Your Performance
If you want to become a better performer, you MUST develop critical evaluation skills. It is very important to look back and study what you have played. Here is an excellent tool...
Download the Melodyne Studio demo.
Record an unaccompanied .wav file.
Open the file in Melodyne.
Some things you can do with the file:
Use [control][alt] and scroll the mouse up or down to size the blobs.
You probably want “Always show pitch curve” selected on the View menu.
To play the sound, press the space bar. Click anywhere on the file to set the cursor.
Check your intonation
Look at the blobs (individual notes). Are they centered on the pitch scale? Do certain notes miss on the sharp or flat notes? Are there intonation accuracy patterns that you detect in your playing?
Do you want to hear what a passage of music would have sounded like had you played it in tune? Click and drag a box around the notes you want to focus on. Next, click the “edit pitch” button (upper left part of window). Then double-click any single note and they all will snap into tune. Click [control] Z to revert to your original intonation. Going back and forth is excellent ear-training.
Now look at the pitch curve. Are you holding your intonation steady on long notes?
You can also use the pitch curve to study your use of vibrato. Is it similar on different notes, is it wide/narrow, delayed after the attack of the note or immediate?
Check your note attacks
Look at the pitch curve. What does it do on your low note attacks, your high note attacks? Are you consistent?
Sometimes on high notes, we may pinch the attack, or overcompensate the pitch initially. This will be noticeable on the pitch curve. If you want to compare your attacks without the change in pitch, drag the high note down to be the same as the low note. You’ll hear some interesting things between attacks.
Analyze your dynamics
The amplitude of each blob is relative to its loudness. Are your blobs in passages marked "p" really much softer than the blobs marked "f"? Are you playing effective "fp"?
Analyze your expressive phrasing
Are you maxing out your crescendo too soon? Is there expressive variety among the notes within a phrase, or are the amplitudes staying very similar?
Have your teacher play the excerpts that you are studying with Melodyne. Do a side-by-side comparison between their version and yours. There is so much that can be learned through modeling.
Try this with your peers as well.
Learn more about Melodyne
There is a great tutorial in the demo. Go to the menu, “Show Experience Tour”, and follow the directions. There are many more ways to apply Melodyne to your self-evaluation.