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Pitch accuracy and ear training

Usually I do good in vocal exercises or singing songs on an instrumental track with a speaker, but when I am in the karaoke room, or recording with a headphone on, I lose my pitch accuracy, the vocal tone is not nice too and later I become tired. I can sing perfect pitch in head voice but my chest voice is usually slightly below target notes. How can i train my listening and pitch accuracy in general.


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  • bentkbentk Posts: 198Pro
    One of the best things that help me, is just recording yourself. Even if it's only the chorus or a verse from a song. You learn a lot from listening back to your own voice. It will sound weird in the beginning, and probably will stay a little strange for your own ears. However, you can still judge your tone, intonation and 'brightness'.

    If possible, record with a backing. Either the song you are singing on the background, a karaoke version, or some acoustic guitar. It's important to have a reference, unless you have perfect pitch with your hearing...

    Good luck!
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 10,424Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    No. You'll just be able to hear, very acutely, whether or not you are in pitch.
  • I highly recommend the app Sing Sharp. Available for iOS and Android as an assist for learning pitch. It's got a great pitch finder that I use just to make sure I'm hearing and singing the notes correctly, and it even has a library of instrumental tracks you can sing along to - standards like Amazing Grace, plus more contemporary stuff. Plus, the app not only shows you visually where your pitch is, but shows you if you're "falling off" at the end of the line. Can't tell you how much the app has helped me.
  • bentkbentk Posts: 198Pro
    Are you doing all your KTVA exercises?
    The bright and supported tone will help you a lot with pitch control when you get used to it, and have strengthened your voice.
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 10,424Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Ken gives some good advice in the Basic Pitch program, which you'll find with the Volume One materials.

    You should be using a bright tone always, including on your low notes. Low notes tend to go flat unless they are bright enough. Bright tones also let you hear the intonation much better as you are singing.

    You do have to listen actively as you are singing and also listen and compare what you're hearing in your head from your voice to the key and pitch of the playback you are singing along to.

    If you are having problems discerning pitch, you may have to resort to a third-party pitch program. There are several available, some for free, others for free on a trial basis.
  • If one's tone is super bright,won't him sound above pitch though?
  • Hey!! Thanks for all your comment. I record myself and listened back along with a tuner. I realized that most of the notes of the songs I sing are about 20 to 30 cent sharp and sometimes when I am in a tired condition its 20-30 cent flat. I rarely hit perfect pitch. After noticing I am sharp, when at a Karaoke, I know I am singing sharp, but I cant bring it down even though I know I am wrong.
  • Yes I am doing!!! My voice has improved a lot in pitch, control, power, open throat technique, vocal range (Can sing in chest voice up to G4 now, two month ago only up to F4, except for the low notes below, I can reach up to G#2, but below F3 struggle with chord closure.) , vocal agility. Just that I feel my pitch is not acceptable yet
  • bentkbentk Posts: 198Pro

    Pitch doesn't come over night unfortunately, and some are naturally better with pitch than others, including hearing pitch.

    Do you play any instruments? Singing along with a well-tuned guitar or piano is always a good way to guide yourself. Playing a single note melody, and then replicate this with singing can also help a lot (or simultaneously with singing). Those are good little bits to record.

    I recommend to always practice with music, or some other guidance of pitch. Record yourself where you think this is best.

    If you play any instruments, and create or cover music, keep doing that. Try and do a lot from your own hearing instead of sheet music or tablature. This is an amazing way that will train your hearing over time. It's a very active way of training your hearing and abilities.

    Don't worry too much, but focus. Keeping your focus on areas will improve those areas over time. But you have to put in the time to reap the benefits!

    All the best,

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