As a singer, there are two main areas you’ll want to focus on:

  1. Pitch (intonation): singing notes in tunes precisely and reliably.
    Learn about pitch ear training exercises in the article “How to train your ear for pitch perfection” and the Singing topic page.
  2. Relative Pitch: judging the distances between notes accurately.
    (e.g. to help when sight-singing music or “leaping” between notes in a song)
    Learn about relative pitch ear training exercises in the article “How to learn intervals” and the Relative Pitch topic page.

In both cases, you should make singing an integral part of all the ear training exercises you do. For example, when doing interval ear training exercises, sing back each interval after you hear it.

Another skill to work on is audiation: singing in your mind. It may seem surprising but this kind of mental practice can have a real impact on your real singing skills. Practice singing in your head whenever you have a moment and your ability to imagine music in detail will increase which has a positive effect on your ability to actually express that music in the real world.

It can be difficult to judge your own voice as you sing. It’s much easier if you record yourself and then listen back. At first you may find it uncomfortable listening to these recordings, but they will let you pinpoint mistakes and areas for improvement, and let you improve your singing and the connection between your voice and your ear.

Similar questions answered on this page:

  • I’m a vocalist, what ear training exercises are there for me?
  • How can ear training help me be a better singer?
  • How can I learn to sing in tune?
  • What ear training helps with sight-singing?

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