Singing in tune, or on pitch, is one of the basics of singing. Here are a few pitch tips that will help you to correct your pitch. These tips utilize aural training and actual singing. When you sing on pitch, you are using 3 different techniques.
- Knowing your pitch
- Listening for pitch & music
- Correcting pitch during singing
Below, we will take a closer look at these pitch tips.
Knowing Your Pitch: How to Sing in Tune
Singers that can sing in the proper pitch typically have a great sense of musical scales and notes, and they know how to produce the pitches necessary for the songs that they are known for singing.
Knowing your pitch involves knowing the vocal register/position that you should be singing certain notes in and how you can support the notes best with your breath.
Being familiar with your personal singing pitch will come with regularly practicing basic musical scales such as the Major, Major Arpeggio, Major 7th Arpeggio, Minor Arpeggio, Minor, and so much more.
In addition, you should also practice specific basic major intervals such as the major 3rd, that is “Do” to “Mi” or a perfect 5th, that is “Do” to “So”. This will help you become more familiar with some of the basic pitch jumps when you are singing.
Listening for Pitch and Music
A great singer is not only able to sing well, but they are also able to listen very well. This is because when we sing, we need to be able to closely listen and monitor our pitch to make sure that our vocals are in tune with the musical or song accompaniment.
A basic aural awareness or training your listening ability will involve listening to specific notes and being able to reproduce them with our voice. For example, play a “C” and then, after listening to it, sing a “C” and check that your pitch is the same as you played.
You can also do this with longer melody lines and sing them the way that you play them to make sure that you remain in the correct key.
Another way that you can train your aural awareness is by having someone play basic intervals in a variety of starting keys so that you can see if you can identify the interval that is being played.
This will test your listening ability and your recognition of the pitch jumps between the notes, as well as strengthen your aural awareness.
Correcting Pitch During Singing
Once you have learned how to listen closely to your singing, as well as the musical or song accompaniment, you are able to tell whether you are remaining on key or whether you end up veering off course during some of the more difficult phrases in the song.
When you have this knowledge, and you do end up singing off key for specific words and/or phrases, you will be able to immediately correct your pitch as you sing so that your listeners will not be able to tell that you are not in control of your pitching.
This means that you will be able to tell if you are higher or lower than the pitch that you need and to make adjustments accordingly. Of course, you must be familiar with your singing pitch as well as be able to listen to your own pitch and the music before you can correct yourself as you sing.
Yes, you are going to have to master the first two tips before you even consider mastering this one.
It’s a good idea to take the time to practice all of the different musical scales and intervals as well as the beat durations and rhythms that are found in music. This will help to not only strengthen your ability to sing on pitch, but stay on beat too, as that’s really important.
You don’t want to be on an upbeat in your singing when the music is on a down beat, right? Once you have been able to master these three pitching tips, you will definitely be well on your way to better pitching when you sing.