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Develop the Ability to Sing in Pitch without a Reference Note

Sunday, 15 February 2009 05:59 danX HITS : 5012 times
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If you want to develop the ability to sing in pitch without a reference note, the first thing you’ll need is a tape recorder. After all, if you can’t play your voice back and hear your mistakes, they’ll be hard to correct later on. It can really help you to have the future reference point. After all, none of us really hear ourselves properly as we’re singing. You can’t always rely on others to tell you what you sound like either.

Next, use instruments to your advantage. If you have a piano, that’s best. You could also use a guitar or violin, though. If you don’t have any of those, try the Piano World or Electric Blues Club websites for virtual instruments. Whatever you do, though, don’t use a wind instrument. The object here is to improve your ability to sing in pitch without a reference note, after all. You can’t sing at all, if you’re too busy playing a wind instrument.


Once you’ve chosen an instrument, play a ‘C’ note on it in whatever octave you are comfortable with. Listen to the sound that the note makes. When you play it again, try duplicating the sound with your voice. It could be that, if you feel you lack the ability to sing on pitch without a reference note, it’s because you are singing songs that are in octaves that are either too high or too low for you. By singing with an instrument accompanying you, you can adjust that. If you are still sounding flat, you may need more practice.

Once you feel like you’ve mastered that exercise, you can try another one. Play a C chord, which consists of the notes C, E and G, and listen. Try it again, but this time tries singing the E note. Try singing one of the three notes each time. Make sure you can identify each one at various points, without the other notes confusing you. That’s a major step towards gaining the ability to sing in pitch without a reference note. Expand the exercises and play D, E, F and G. Then start mixing the order in which you play them. If you can truly match any one at any time you’ll be doing great!

Finally, another exercise you can try is to play a C chord again. This time, though, play it in an octave that is out of your range, but sing the note in your range. That way you can recognize notes and chords no matter which octave they are played in, eventually. That will really help you stay in pitch, in the long run.

So, you really can sing in pitch. It just takes time and practice. Be patient. Learn to be prepared for any situation. Practice different techniques. Use these tricks and tips and your ability to sing in pitch without a reference note should quickly improve!

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