of the time when singers are thinking about pitch, they're thinking
about how to improve it!
off pitch when singing is also called going "off key", and
it means that you sing a slightly different note then you intended to.
Usually, you end up hitting a note that's a little bit higher or lower
then what you were aiming for.
is called going sharp (a little to high) or flat, which is a little to
low. Everyone goes off key sometimes, but some people have a hard time
controlling their pitch. Of course, you can learn lots of tips to
singing in key.
me explain how pitch works, and where it comes from.
begins with tone. Tone is the sound that results in air passing
through vibrating vocal cords. Try this: Start reciting the alphabet,
and place your fingers over the bumpy part in your throat. (Adam's
you feel the little vibrations happening there? Now switch to a
whisper... the vibrations are gone. Those vibrations in your throat
are what makes tone come out!
the frequency of those vibrations that determine the pitch of the
higher up you go, the faster your cords vibrate. This can be much
harder to control then it sounds! There are two ways you can go off
can go sharp, which means that you've hit a note slightly above the
one you were aiming for,
you can go flat, which is to go just below.
are several reasons believed to be the cause of these problems.
of breath support, according to the classical method,
ears, or not listening to your pitches enough,
unnecessary tension on the vocal cords. (straining to hit high
to the classical method of vocal training, pitch problems are a direct
result of taking a breath that is not controlled or supported
properly. In order for you to be able to fix this problem, you must
learn how to breath correctly and practice that skill
is also the problem of having lazy ears. This is usually quite common
in the beginning, when a singer is just starting out. It basically
means that when you're singing, you aren't making an effort to really
listen to the notes coming out.
idea is behind this is that when you are really listening and paying
attention to what notes you're singing you will become more aware of
when you go off key slightly and be able to fix it.
is similar to one of the "tips to singing in key" taught in the Sing Like A Pro
ebook. It's called audiating. With this pitch-correcting
technique, you have to try and 'hear' the notes you about to sing in
your head an instant before you actually sing them. It helps to
develop the relationship between hearing and singing. Anyone can do
it, except for tone-deaf people.
who are tone-deaf can hear the sounds and pitches just fine, but they
have an inability to hear and control what pitches are coming out of
pitch is also caused by tension on your vocal cords when singing. This
usually happens when you're trying to sing high note and you
"pull" on your cords in an attempt to sing the note.
The result more often then not is the note comes out sharp.
cure for this problem is to learn to sing without vocal tension. There
are scales and exercises you can practice to train your voice to stop
singing with tension, but along with the scales you have to constantly
make an effort to stop tensing your mouth and throat when you
the Sing Like A Pro ebook there is a whole chapter dedicated to pitch
problems and special tips to singing in key. You get to learn three of the most effective
pitch-correcting techniques we've ever heard of.
sofeggi, which helps you to learn to associate sounds with words, so
you can memorize them.
tuner method, which uses a tuner to help you identify when you are
audiating, which was discussed earlier in this article.
that's just the pitch chapter.
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