This is simply the ability to hear a note or a melody and vocally project it back with the correct target pitch (es) as it was played or may be sung. It is an absolute truth that some singers are naturally endowed to sing and stay on pitch. You can call it a talent or an inborn skill, but the truth remains that it can be learned. Yes, all of us can learn how to sing on pitch and stay on the key.
Of course, anyone can acquire the skill of singing on pitch and stay on the key provided they use the right techniques and approaches. In fact, the best singers we have known do practice and trained to bring the best out of their voices. So, because they sing effortlessly does not mean it is easy without training and practice.
In essence, if you don’t possess the skill to sing perfectly on the pitch, you can achieve it through self-awareness, training, and practice. Be guided, not all the people that sing without a perfect pitch are tone-deaf. Most of them just need to acquire knowledge that required and engage in the best practice. So, we can always learn to sing better and also perfect our vocal pitching and stay on key. Nevertheless, those that have paralyzed vocal cords or amusia popularly known as tone deaf may not able to learn how to sing on pitch.
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Having said these, some of the techniques discussed below is a road map to get it right and become a better singer who sings on the pitch and stay on the key.
This is the gentle vocal practice or exercises you subject your voice to before the actual performance. And it is the first step for you to increase the power to sing on pitch and stay on the key. It is just to stretch your cords and get them ready for the task ahead. You can relate it to warming up your car engine before you fire it on a long journey. The truth is that singing is like other physical activity and it demands warm-up. Always remember that singing on key is not an easy task when you have not properly warm up your voice. It is simple, singing with cold cords will not make you sound good and you can strain your voice along the line. Hence, endeavour to always warm-up and stretch your cords before you sing.
In short, you have many options when it comes to vocal warm-up. This is so because there are lots of vocal exercises out there you can use. You will have more flexibility with your vocal capabilities when you tone your vocal cords more with heathy vocal (warm-up) exercise.
To warm-up, you can start with the yawning approach by holding onto one note and sing it continuously like you are yawning. Then move to lip trills in order to agitate your vocal cords. Lip trills as you scale up and down. Lastly, you can explore the vowel warm up by sing through the vowels. This will prepare your cord and also improve your voice clarity. Thus sing the following vowels on the same pitch “Ah, Eh, Ee, Oh, Ooh” will be great.
Use The Right Posture
Posture is the way you position and hold your body while standing or sitting and it has a lot of roles to play with the way you sound in terms of quality and articulation. Absolutely, standing, or maybe sitting with the right posture will increase your capacity to sing on pitch and stay on the key. However, the best bet is to stand when you want to sing because it supports the most open and free flow of air for both singing and breathing. You need to find the right balance and poise well. Why? Because the way you stand can prevent you from singing freely and hitting the right pitch.
For example, if staying on the pitch is a problem for you while singing notes in a higher pitch, you need to adjust your body and poise well. That is, you need to open your hands and move them away from your body while and stand tall. Also, ensure you did not lock your knees as you stand and slightly tuck your pelvis forward. In addition, hold your head up. This will establish the best posture for you to sing and enhance the way you command your voice.
Practice Pitch Matching Exercise
This is a basic ear training exercise that will help you to develop pitch matching skills. Practicing pitch matching exercise is also one way to master how to sing on pitch and stay on the key. All you need to do is having the source of musical sounds like a piano, acoustic guitar, or digital tuner. Provided you don’t have either these instruments in your possession, you can use the app on your phone or vocal match website. For example, Music Maker and Tuner Ninja are online platform you can utilize. However, using a digital tuner is the best deal for this exercise because it will let you know if you are actually matched the notes, too flat or sharp.
Then move from single note to a scale (major scale preferably). Play and run the notes of the scale and sing along to match the notes. Ensure you adjust till you match the pitch of the scale and repeat the exercise until you have mastered it. When you have done with one scale, always shift to another scale and master it as well. Lastly, engage with arpeggios as you did with scales. This will enhance your pitch and ability to move up and down from one pitch to the other in horizontal array.
Use The Right Lips and Tongue Position
This is from the fact that many parts of our body are involved while singing. They were also there when we want to produce the correct pitch. Of course, the pitch of the voice is from the voice box known as larynx. The larynx is regulated by a set of interconnected and complicated muscles. And the pitch of the voice solely depends on what each and every muscle are doing.
In addition, the way we shape our lips have a direct effect on the pitch we want to produce. Note that every vowel, word, and tone can be textured in different ways by the power of the lips. This solely depends on the way we placed and controlled our lips. You can find this out by open your lips wider and then more closed while singing with different vowels. As you open or close the lips more or less in various positions, you will find out which vowel sounds great at low and high pitches and in which position.
Lastly, the position of the tongue can also affect the pitch we want to produce. It can make the pitch sound worse or better. The larynx from which the pitch is producing always works in collaboration with the tongue. Though, the two need to keep out of each other in a way that one will not obstruct the other. That is, the tongue should not be in a position to force itself on the larynx
The tongue should be in the right position and occupy so much space that is necessary without being an obstruction to the tone. In fact, if the tongue lies too low or high, it may produce a severe change in the pitch or tone by narrowing the breath. It can also make it tensed or completely shutting it off. Thus we need to ensure we put the tongue under control in order to form a furrow with ease. Furrow is necessary for the tongue because it makes the tone’s resonance to be perfect that we can fully use it.
When you are singing, endeavour to hold your tongue flat against the base (or bottom) of your mouth. This is necessary to establish a considerable size of space that will make the sound to flow out easily. And in return enhance your pitch to be perfect. Using the right lips and tongue position is the best way to sing on pitch and stay on the key.
The is the mental ability and auditory imagery concept of hearing a particular song in your head and understand the sound. You can understand and identify the sound for the reason that you have learned or heard it earlier. This concept was developed by Dr. Edwin E. Gordon in the 1970s. Thus you can select a piece and think about it in your head, no singing or humming. After a thorough mental process of the piece, sing it out aloud and attempt with your possible best to hit every note in their actual pitch.
Sing Piece Or Song Within Your Vocal Range
Sing outside the box with respect to your vocal range can put you into trouble of singing imperfect pitch. This can even affect experienced singers. When you are singing outside your vocal range, you will likely sing out of the tune. Also, you can easily strain your voice along the line. However, you will have a great command of your voice and sound good when you flow with nature and sing within your vocal range. In order way round, you can employ transposition into a higher or lower key than actually suit your range to sound great.
Everybody that sings out of tune actually requires dedicated training to become better at their tone pitching approach. And also improve their competence to always sing every note in tune. With practice, physically and mentally, you will find staying on the pitch easier. However, if you have any difficulty and not do not have amusia, you can source for a vocal coach to put you through.
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