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.
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