How to Sing in Tune

Today we're going to talk about singing in tune so this is a brand new song that I just started learning today my toe is having a little bit of trouble singing it into this course and so I worked it out in a way that I also teach my students when I have students to sing sing in tune last week I was coaching a girl that had a great vocal range and a really nice tone to her voice but she's sang out of tune all the time I mean at least I would say 80% of the notes she was singing we're out of tune and so we did this method that I'm about to teach you and she sounded incredible we sped it up an hour and a half working on the song titanium and after that she sounded great and so I know that this works so I know it's going to work for you so if you're having trouble singing in tune this is probably the problem it's either one of two reasons you haven't worked out the song in the way that we're about to go over it and you're probably singing it in lots of different keys and doing this will fix it okay so what you need to do is figure out exactly the notes that you need to sing and I know that sounds just very basic but most of the time when we're learning songs including myself if we just go around singing songs we're not really figuring out the exact exact notes that we need to sing and we're not nailing those in especially those little in between notes which are the ones where you have a chance of getting out of tune the most so the part of this song that I was having trouble with was the second part of the second half of the chorus Rey Mysterio – maja so that part right there I was having trouble with being able to nail it and it was because of those little in between notes so you figure out you can do it on a little keyboard there we go I'm usually get out like a softer voice before I try to sing a full-out so so you have to make sure you realize that that staying on the same note so often will tend to like slide off the notes you've been not Deardorff joy – ah ah so I was figuring out on guitar like this you pick up get up joy to my ah so when you got to learning you songs mail out every one of those news honey and try and recording yourself and you'll realize how out of tune it really is when you're recording yourself and then you go back and you go okay I got a nail in these notes and Maude when I bring tears cause you have to be everything gonna be all right y'all be all right and that's how you nail the notes in so that's how to sing in tune figure out exactly what notes you're singing and when you practice the song practice it in the key you're going to sing with because if you don't then you're not really practicing the real notes and you're not going to find the right placement goes trust me the placement is completely different so even if you go up half a step now it's half step higher even if you gave God money that's gone now look if your money raising and the mall we're bringing is here to actually have an easier time singing that you bring it to your doing my eyes up higher than I do the lower step to half step lower now to this guitar tuned half step lower even if we gave God money and not so no honey feels very different and placement of my voice so it's very important do you work out exactly what he are going to do the song in and then figure out those exact notes and practice those notes and those transitions because your vocal cords and your muscles are going to learn how to transition within that exact key that you are learning them in even it out we ain't got money [Music]

Most singers that I meet are predominantly concerned about one thing, how do I sing in tune? Well I've got some really easy exercises that you can practice that will help you to tune your ear, and tune your voice in three easy steps. Let's check them out. – [Female Roadie] Sound check! Check one, check two! (drum riff) (applause) Hi, my name's Dr. Dan, and I'm a contemporary singing voice specialist. welcome to Voice Essentials where we develop your voice, and improve your sound. Now if you're crawling YouTube in search of expert advice, and practical tips on how to sing then I'd like to think you've found it.

Each week I post new videos, that have been purposefully designed to help you get the most out of your voice. Because I believe, every voice deserves to be heard. Yours included. So, if learning to sing is your thing, then I invite you to subscribe, and join our ever growing community of passionate singers, from across the globe. Who just like you, want to raise their voice in song. And today we're talking about singing in tune. Now I think every singer deep down wants to nail their notes. None of us wants to be heard as out of tune. Now this being said, it is important to reconcile with ourselves that we are biological instruments.

And, therefore, our voices are imperfect by design. It's not a bad thing to strive for excellence, but perfect notes, 100% of the time is a biological impossibility. So, as we talk through this topic over the next few minutes. I want you to approach the subject with the good sense of pragmatism. Let's improve our accuracy rates, but let' do it understanding that singing is not, and never has been about perfect notes. Great singing is about communication, always has been, and always will be. – [Female Roadie] Sound check. (applause) (drum riff) (applause) Okay, placing communication on the shelf for the moment. Let's get down to it. Learning to sing in tune is two-fold.

Firstly, at the most fundamental level singing in tune is about being able to reproduce a single pitch, accurately. Now most people, who love to sing have a reasonably good sense of pitch. That is most people can hear a single note, and then replicate that note with their voice, with relative accuracy. A voice that is singing out of tune, will either sing sharp, or flat. That is either higher, or lower than the desired pitch. Let's give that a go now. I want you to listen to a note, and then I want you to sing that note, using an R vowel. Hold the note until you hear me play the same note a second time. The aim is to replicate the same note as the piano. And then have the piano, either confirm, or deny the voice's accuracy. We'll do it over three different pitches, starting on C, middle C, then F four, and then A five. And guys, you can simply sing it down an octave if that's a little bit more comfortable for you. So, here we go. Playing the C. (piano C note) And now you sing it.

(piano C note) And the note's confirmed. The F. (piano F note) Wait. Sing. (piano F note) Confirming the note. And the A. (piano A note) (piano A note) How did you go? Were you able to maintain the correct pitch? Let's now try the same thing, on an E vowel. Starting on the C. (piano C note) Sing the note. And. (piano C note) Confirmed. (piano F note) The F. And sing. (piano F note) Good. And (piano A note) the A. Sing. (piano A note) Now how was that? Did you experience any difference between the R vowel, and the E vowel? Some of you may have found the E vowel easier on the higher note.

So, that's because the shape of your vocal tract influences your sense of pitch. And your ability to maintain the correct note. And now I encourage you to go back in the video. And try it using a variety of vowels, over a wider range of notes. Some will be harder than others. So workshop the more challenging shapes for you as an individual. Now, as we continue, it's also worth noting that in this video we are only exercising your aural development vocally. This is, of course, the first place you should start, when it comes down to singing in tune. But your voice's capacity to maintain good tuning also can be influenced by your breathe management, and your vocal tract shaping. Things we'll get to in future videos. But for now, on with the lesson. – [Female Roadie] Sound check. (applause) (drum riff) (applause) It's generally the movement between individual pitches that creates the biggest challenge.

This is called intonation. Accurate intonation, for the human voice, can be difficult, because the vocal folds have to make micro adjustments in their length. And their oscillatory patterns. In order to achieve the change in pitch. And with the song, the task of accurate intonation becomes even more complex for the voice, because the vocal folds are having to quickly move, between a collection of differing notes, over an extended period of time. That are in turn being post mixed by the vocal tract, according to vowel, consonant, timbre, and dynamics. So, let's break all that down. And simply workshop our intonation over a three note scale. The three note scale, also called a major triad, provides us with the melody of three notes sung over the range of a fifth. It contains the root, (piano) the third, (piano) (piano) and the fifth. This major triad requires the voice to adjust for the change in pitch.

Let's sing through a few triads together. We'll start with an A major, and then chromatically, work up, until we reach an octave. Each time we sing through an individual scale listen for the accuracy, of the second, and third note in particular. Also, do your best to avoid creating any tension as you go. A tight voice is an inaccurate voice. So, do your best to keep everything nice, and free. To help manage your tension, make sure you are standing up for this activity. I'll be sitting because I will be playing the piano. But I want you to really manage any sense of growing tension as you stand. So, here we go, starting on A. (piano) A major. So here are the notes. (piano) Sing it with me. ♪ R, R, R, R, R ♪ (piano) Good. (piano) ♪ R, R, R, R, R ♪ (piano) By yourself. (piano) And just with the chords. (piano) This time. Yes. (piano) One more. Here are the notes. (piano) How you'd do? How many of you struggled to maintain accuracy as we traveled higher? That's okay, it will take some practice over the next few months to improve your hit to miss ratio.

If you're looking for something to assist your progress my exercise CD, specifically exercise three will provide you with the triad notes. So, that you can sing along. The download link is in the notes section below. (applause) – [Female Roadie] Sound check. (applause) (drum riff) (applause) Okay, so we work shopped a single pitch, and we practiced our intonation across a major triad. Let's now put this into practice by singing a song. We're gonna sing a song you almost certainly know. Row, row, row your boat. This little nursery rhyme will exercise your intonation over the range of an octave.

That is, the top note is an octave higher than the starting note. So, let's start this in A major. (piano) Again, guys you can sing this down the octave if that's more comfortable for you. Now to really challenge the accuracy of your intonation, I'm just going to play the starting chord, A major. We'll then sing the tune, and I'll then play the chord again, on the final note of the melody. The aim here is to make sure we arrive back on the starting note of A. When we've done it, once through. We'll then shift, or transpose the melody up a semi-tone. And repeat the exercise. And we'll go a couple of steps up. And then we'll come back down a couple of steps. And remember, the aim is to maintain the accuracy of your intonation, so that you arrive back where you started. So, here goes. (piano) ♪ Row, row, row ♪ ♪ Your boat ♪ ♪ Gently down the stream ♪ ♪ Merrily, merrily, merrily ♪ ♪ Life is but a dream ♪ (piano) Well done. And here's B flat. (piano) ♪ Row, row, ♪ (inaudible) (piano) Good. (piano) ♪ Row, row ♪ (inaudible) (piano) Good, how are going? Back down. (piano) ♪ Row, row ♪ (inaudible) (piano) And back to the original key of A major.

(piano) ♪ Row, row, row ♪ (inaudible) (piano) Good. How did you go? If your voice wandered away from the correct notes, that's okay. This just means that you have some practice to do, on developing your intonation. So, rewind this video, and give it another try. If you didn't find this activity difficult, then I challenge you to try it with one of your favorite pop tunes. Google the key of the tune, play the opening chord, and sing the verse in the same way we sang the nursery rhyme. Again, the aim is to maintain the correct pitch, at the end of the verse. Once you've mastered the verse, try including the chorus. And once you've nailed the verse, chorus, apply the test to the whole song. I'm interested to hear how you go with the three steps we've just outlined.

So, leave your comments below. My main here at Voice Essentials is to develop your voice, and improve your sounds. So, I'm super keen to get your feedback on the effectiveness of the exercises, and hopefully, how they're helping to improve your pitch, and intonation. And if this is your first time here at Voice Essentials, I hope you've enjoyed the video. If you've loved this vid then please give it a thumbs up, and if you'd like to see more where this came from. Then I'd love for you to subscribe. And join our ever growing community of passionate singers from across the globe. Who just like you, want to raise their voice in song. But for now, I'll sign off, as I do in every Voice Essentials video, I'm Dr.

Dan, sing well! (cheering) (applause) (applause).

Hey there it's Nicola Millan and this is singers secret TV but you'll get professional advice for improving uh singing and making it as a singer now singing in tune is one of the most vital things that you can do as a singer to sound good now the reason is is because as you're singing you are singing one note out of a chord which means there are generally three other notes that are playing simultaneously and what you want to do is sing the correct note out of that chord and if your note is either flat or sharp then it's not going to sound good so singing in tune or on pitch as we turn it in musician speed means that you're hitting the note in the middle of that note exactly and when you do hit it exactly right it kind of almost pings because it sounds the best now singing out of tune means you're either flat or sharp now generally most singers if they're not singing on pitch sing flat so to sing flat means you're just below the note so if this is my note love to sing flat means you're la it's actually really hard to do la just slightly below or if you're singing sharp which is less common it means you're just slightly over so again this is our note la and you would be la Sol Sol just slightly over that note that it what it means is it just makes the whole thing sound a little bit out so if you're singing out of tune and we're going to address mainly singing flat because it is the most common problem for singers this can occur for three reasons number one there's not enough air flow going on number two there's not enough space in your mouth and number three you need to work on your hearing so let's break this down so number one not enough air flow now this comes back down to diaphragmatic breath but not only having enough air within your instrument but also expelling that air so it's hailing and having enough air coming through to support the notes that you're singing now essentially as a singer you are a wind instrument which means that you need air for your instrument to work and what happens is your vocal files are sitting up here and as air rushes through they vibrate which helps cause the sound now if you're not you know having enough airflow coming through then your instrument can't do what it needs to do and work properly so a really simple remedy for this is to sign because when we say we are naturally using a lot of airflow and we're very very relaxed so just have a go and see what I mean so we're going to do a slide together so take a deep breath in just let it all out like that and feel that sensation of how much air flow is coming sign I added a little bit of a tone and feel free to do this after I've done it now I'm going to extend that side a little bit ah very relaxed very very easy very natural singing should be very natural let's extend a little bit further ah that's good okay so that's one of the ways that you can work on improving your air flow and improving your pitch in the process so just have a go after you can pause this video if you need to or do it afterwards start saying keeping it natural and then start extending that side and just do this exercise you know a few times before you commence your singing practice because what it will do is it will help you to start forming this good vocal habit of having enough airflow so let's have a look at number two reason number two now which was not having enough space in your mouth if you've ever been to a cathedral or a room where it's got a really big high ceiling and it's very spacious and when you go in there you ever noticed that the sound is always really full and resonant and it usually sounds quite nice well the same goes for your voice as an instrument you've got to think of your mouth in your head as a big Cathedral so it's big resonance chamber and what you want to do is to make sure that you have as much space and as much height for the ceiling of your Cathedral as possible to improve not only your sound quality but also your pitch our lack of space in the mouth can user is usually caused by number one having a lazy tongue and number two by having a lowered soft palate now if you don't know what the soft palate is it's the fleshy bed if you use your tongue or on a roof of your mouth and you go backwards it's the fleshy bouncy bit at the very back of your mouth that's your soft palate and what you want to do is to make sure your soft palate is raised up as high as possible which will improve your sound quality and your pitch in order to start getting the right feeling for the for the extra space in your mouth when you yawn you naturally raise yourself palate so have a go yawning down oh okay when you do that feel the stretch that you get inside your mouth now that's the placement that you want to try and maintain while you sing and it will improve everything one exercise that you can do as well as yawning to get that feeling going is by going posh with everything that you say so what's the same how no brown cow I think I watched this on The Nanny once like this is quite a few years ago she was going oh no wrong car because I don't know if you than any she's got that really camera what wears wrong Brooklyn or something like that but she's got that really um heart accent and um mr.

Sheffield is English and he's got that really posh accent so she was trying to do the whole posh thing anyway um if you use those thoughts words it will help you to raise this soft palate and it does improve your tongue based on that as well because a lazy tongue has all got to do with your use of vowels and depending on which language you speak or which kind of accent that you have some people will have a lazier tongue than others I know that Australians have a very lazy tongue and it's because in Australia we slang everything we shorten everything we're just lazy speakers and we don't open our mouths enough so one thing I get all of my singing students to do is to go really really posh with their singing and it does help and lastly our third reason was that you need to improve your musical hearing now musical terms we call this your ears you need to develop good musical ears and if you develop your hearing as a singer not only will you sing more accurately on pitch because even if you do sing on pitch there's a difference between hitting right in the middle of the note and being a other so slightly out and improving your musical hearing will help you get that note where it's right in the center and pings because it sounds so nice because you're right in the middle plus it will make you a more versatile singer because you will be able to sing vocal harmony which means you'll be able to work in a cappella groups or in in bands you could work as a backing singer if you can do harmony and it just expands your musical appreciation as well because it means you'll be able to listen deep into the music and ignore the vocals and listen in and hear all the other different parts that are going on to the music so improving your musical ears is a fantastic thing for any singer to embark on now if you are new to the whole musical hearing thing I had already done a video for you which has got a really simple ear training exercise that you can use and you can watch that video here so that in a nutshell is how to sing on pitch number one get your breathing and air flow down pat number to get as much space in your mouth as possible and number three improve your musical hearing and your pitch will improve I hope you've enjoyed this video if you have please hit that like button and make sure you subscribe because I do put up new videos all the time and you don't want to miss out and also if you would like more free professional advice for improving your singing and making it as a singer head on over to my website singers secret calm and make sure you hold on to my email list because I do put extra singing tips and secrets into my emails that I do not share anywhere else and you don't want to miss out thank you so much for watching I'm Nicola Malone and I'll talk to you again soon.

Hi. I'm Anya Singleton, and this is my friend and accompanist, Matt Gallagher. We're going to do a couple of exercises to show you how to sing in tune. When you talk about how to sing in tune, what does that mean? It basically means making sure that you're singing what we call ‘within the pitch' of what you're singing about. You want to make sure that the note that you're singing is the correct note so that you can sing the song without sounding like you're not singing the song correctly. Here we go. We're going to start on a very simple, what we call ‘half-step exercise'. We're just going to be going from the first to the second interval. Good. Now what we're going to do is we're going to do something a little more challenging.

We're going to break it out into the chord, and we're going to do 1, 3, 5, and then back down to the first. That way you have to make the jump from the fifth to the first. It enables you to tune in and listen. Here we go. That way, by making that jump, I hung on that, what we call ‘fifth' a little bit longer. That way, I would hold the note out and be able to come right down to the first without sliding into the note. Let me show you an example of sliding into the note, so you know what I mean.

That's where we slide off the pitch into the note. If you're talking about working and being in tune, you don't want to do that. You want to keep the note strong and come cleanly down to the note. Let me do a correct example. Now we're going to apply it to an actual song. This is a really easy song that you already know, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'; everybody knows it. We'll just do it very simply, making sure that we're in tune. What I'm going to do is I'm going to try to take out vibrato. Vibrato is where your note quavers a little. I have a lot of it naturally, so I'm going to pull that out so you can really hear the note. Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are. That way, we're really listening to the note without having embellishments and changing it around. Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are. I'm Anya Singleton, and this is Matt Gallagher. That's an example of how you would work on singing in tune.

Hey SB Gault here with the singing lesson video for you and this one's going to be about how to sing in tune which is one of the most important things to practice because attitude singing ruins of performance so we need to train to be able to hear subtle differences in pitch and practice getting the voice to hit the pitches we intend dead on the mark every single time so the first thing we need to do is be able to recognize the difference between a note that's in tune and one that's off so I'm going to match this note first perfectly in tune ah CN n tune note sounds very pure now let me see how sour that sound what happened is I wasn't quite hitting the note I should in this case I was a little bit underneath it a little bit flat and the result is really hard to listen to if you hit a note like that in a performance your audience is going to cringe so to make sure something like that never happens to you we're going to do a few exercises to help you perfect for the first exercise we're going to practice matching a pitch avoid bending to the note scooping underneath it this is your chance to really just focus on being precise how this goes is I'm going to first play the pitch you don't sing yet just hold that note in your mind wait until the pianos decayed away and you have silence then try to sing the note as precisely as you can make sure to sustain until the piano plays the note again so you can test whether you were on the mark or a little bit off the whole thing will sound like this ah doing it this way I'll force you to rely on your ear and your memory and that process of translating what you're hearing in your head into what you're actually singing really important stuff okay let's give it a try here's your first note don't sing yet just keep the note in your memory now sing and sustain until the piano comes in again remember when the piano comes in you're listening for that very pure sound of being right on the pitch if you miss it in your first try do it again don't accept being close this is about being precise got it now let's do it a few more times other places in your range bit higher up now okay we'll do two more of these then last one now that we've practiced our pitch accuracy let's talk about relative distance a melody is made up of a series of individual notes spaced exact distances apart and the arrangement of those distances is what makes a melody sound the way it does the distance between two notes is called an interval and there's a finite amount of intervals used in western music and if you work to be able to sing all of them perfectly singing a whole melody perfectly is just putting those things you can sing individually in a specific order well we're going to start by practicing the intervals that are the building blocks of melody the half-step which is the smallest interval ah it's also called the semitone or the minor second and the whole step which is the next biggest interval ah let's get these two intervals under our belt we're going to sing I'm alternating between the two like this half step whole step half step whole step half step whole step half step whole step alright it's your turn what you just sang is called the octatonic scale which is a scale form most people think of as pretty hard to sing but since you are just staying focused on each step along the way you made it through that's a powerful idea you can break down any melody no matter how challenging into its interval part and then you have a way in but maybe more importantly this means that by practicing these little pieces that make up melody you're preparing yourself ahead of time for any melody you might come across so perfecting all your intervals is another way to improve your ability to sing in tune okay it's important for us to balance our technical work with something more musical so we're going to learn a melody but precisely the first step is listen now that might sound pretty complicated but let's slow it down and focus on the distances between the notes this melody does use some intervals we haven't practiced yet but that's okay just concentrate on the sound of each interval even if you don't have a name for it yet and see if you can identify the places in the melody where there are the whole steps and half steps that we've practiced here it comes a little you see if you can still sing the melody while you're hearing an accompaniment as hopefully you know the melody pretty keep coming unless you know the words in which case now that's a good start and I've put together a collection of exercises to help you really perfect your ability to sing in tune the link for that will be in the description great work. For more singing lessons go to how to sing page and find your singing by category.

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