How to Sing in Tune
The number one thing every singer needs to get right before anything else is your pitch. Being able to sing in tune is CRUCIAL to sounding good.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your voice is, if you can’t sing in tune then you will sound terrible. Not because of your voice but because you will clash with the rest of the music, and even the most non-musical audience member can tell when something is out of tune.
So how do you fix your pitch? In this video I explain the three areas of singing that affect pitch and give you some simple tools to use to be able to sing in tune every time.
Here’s how to sing in tune:
One of the vital parts of sounding good when you sing is to make sure you are singing in tune – or on pitch as well call it in musician speak.
So what this means is that you are matching the note that you need to sing exactly. many singers tend to fall flat of the note – which is when you are slightly under. Or you may sing slightly above which is singing SHARP – but most commonly singers fall flat.
And this occurs for three reasons:
- There’s not enough air flow/ breath support
- There is not enough space in your mouth when you are singing
- Your need to develop your musical hearing.
So let’s break this down:
1. Breath support and airflow
As a singer you are essentially a wind insturment. So you need air coming through your instrument so that your vocal folds can vibrate and produce sound.
Now if there is not enough airflow your vocal folds can’t do their job properly and you end up straining your throat to compensate and the result is singing flat.
So a simple exercise to get your airflow happening is to sigh – because when we sigh, our throats are naturally relaxed and we’re allowing a lot of airflow to come out. (give example)
Then extend the sigh – this is just getting you into the habit of having more airflow. Try this a bunch of different notes and do some sighing during your warm ups.
2. Raising your soft palate
If you have ever been inside a big cathedral or any room that has a high rounded ceiling, it usually has that nice reverb that echo when you speak loudly. The sound is amplified and it sounds nice and resonant. The same goes for your voice.
If you create more space in your mouth, your sound quality will improve.However if you’re not opening your mouth enough and your tongue is lazy, then what is doing is squashing all the sound down and results in a flattened pitch.
So to get that nice rounded mouth, ‘How now brown cow’ when you do this your soft palate raises and everything goes into the right position. So think posh, drop your jaw and keep that space happening. You want to go LONG not AAAAH – wide.
3. Improve your musical hearing
Training your ears is vital not only to singing in tune, but it also increases your versatility as a singer. If you have good hearing, you can sing vocal harmony, you can improvise, and your appreciation of music will increase because you will be able to hear all the different sounds and instruments and you’ll know if your accompanist plays a wrong note plus you’ll be able to start off your songs better because you’ll be able to hear your start note after the piano player does an intro for you.
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