Learning how to sing in tune is the same as learning any other aspect of singing.
Very few singers sing perfectly in tune – there is a natural tendency to either sing a bit flat or sharp. Some people find it difficult to hit notes spot on and sing both sharp and flat – “every note in a different key” is the old joke!
However, this can be overcome with lessons offline, or the best online singing lessons.
Learning how to sing in tune is essential for a professional sounding voice and it comes more naturally to some than others.
How To Sing In Tune for Beginners – The Internal Ear
We all have an internal ear – being able to hear a note in our head before we sing it. This is a good way to practice better intonation – the tuning or distance between notes.
Starting with the tonic also known as note one of the major scale, we can sing the intervals of 1 2 1 then 1 3 1 then 1 4 1 and so on going all the way up to note eight of the scale – the octave. Singing on the vowel sound of “aah” is probably easiest to begin.
- Sing the notes very slowly and check the pitch of each note with a piano or keyboard.
- Listening closely and thinking or hearing ahead
- As you sing, listen very closely to the notes you are singing…
Ask Yourself …
Am I pitching them spot on first time?
Am I sliding from below into a note?
Can I hear the note in my head just before I sing it?
It’s important to be critical and ask yourself these questions as you practise. These exercises will certainly show you how to improve your singing voice and what particular notes and phrases need working on.
Using a Tuner
Another good way to check your pitch is with an electronic tuner. It will give you a very accurate readout and you can adjust your pitch accordingly.
Singing a scale where notes go by step, is easier than jumpimg big intervals. Most songs will use stepwise motion and larger intervals that make singing in perfect pitch a challenge.
There are many exercises suitable for interval training and a good singing teacher will have all the necessary tools to teach you to sing in pitch.
Placing Notes Spot On First Time
Part of being able to sing in tune and pitch notes well is being able to use the voice properly.
Breathing from the diaphragm and using the chest and head voice cavities, extending your vocal range with more power in the high notes all help to make it easier to sing in tune.
Singing portamentos (sliding from one note to another) – Fast Notes
One technique that is often used by contemporary singer is singing a series of notes very quickly – sliding from one note to another that is usually a note nearby.
This techniques takes some practice – it’s easy to bluff and sing notes that are slightly out of tune but sing the notes spot on, is very difficult.
The best way to practise portamentos is by singing the phrases very slowly – or even slower!
Recording Our Voice
The ultimate test of how to tell if you are singing in tune is by recording your voice.
It is very easy to do with a computer or even a mobile phone. Most singers use a little reverb or echo on their mics, but hearing your voice played back without any enhancements will expose any faults, giving you the opportunity to fix them!
How To Sing In Tune Naturally
Learning how to sing in tune is often overlooked by many singers who don’t closely listen to their voices in a critical manner.
Being aware of any imperfections in your own singing voice will enable you to fix them, and be a much better singing for it!
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