It doesn’t matter if you’re not planning on doing opera or fronting a band anytime soon – every musician has something to gain from learning to sing!
Pitch is one of the most fundamental aspects of music, and developing your ear for pitch is an excellent starting point and area of focus for musical ear training.
Before you work on more advanced skills like relative pitch (interval recognition etc.) spend some time honing your pure sense of pitch: how high or low a note is.
This brings a range of benefits, including:
- Better ability to tune your instrument, pick up on any tuning problems, and fix them directly
- Improved ability to “blend” your voice when singing with others (e.g. in a choir or a cappella group)
- More sophisticated appreciation of, and control over pitch manipulations (such as bends, vibrato and pitch slides)
Improving your sense of pitch lets you build a very solid foundation for the important skills of relative pitch, and improves your overall musicianship by giving you a more accurate sense of tuning and pitch accuracy in all musical situations.
Many people (including musicians!) worry that they might be tone deaf. Tone deafness is a real condition but it affects an incredibly small number of people. So before exploring pitch ear training it’s worth learning about what tone deafness truly is and isn’t, and discover whether you are in fact tone deaf or not.
Singing in Tune
One reason musicians start pitch ear training is to help them sing in tune. Once you know you’re not tone deaf, what if you still sing off-key or out of tune? The answer is that you need to learn to match pitch, develop vocal control and learn to sing confidently, reliably and accurately.
Free articles about Pitch
Vocal coach Meghan Nixon explains how ear training, musicianship, and “singing smart” go hand in hand, and shares her framework for hitting the right notes.
Finding “Your Note” is a simple exercise that will help lay the foundation for singing in tune, learning relative pitch, and even sight-singing. Try it out!
If you’ve ever worried about being out of tune or off-key when you sing, don’t miss this interview with a man who’s found a solution.
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Solfege is a powerful framework to recognise notes by ear, which lets you improvise and play by ear easily. This training series teaches you how to do it.
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Get past the fear of thinking you are “tone deaf” and learn how to sing in tune. Find out how your ear and voice work together to sing pitches accurately.
It’s actually easy to learn to sing in tune if you follow this simple 4-step process. Here’s a handy infographic which leads you through each of the steps.
Discover a simple four-step process you can start using today to go from being tone deaf to easily and confidently singing every note with perfect pitch.
SingTrue is the new personal singing tutor app for iPhone. Even if you’re worried about being tone deaf or unmusical, SingTrue can help you discover your voice.