In conjunction with last month’s blog “How to Sing In Pitch“, we are here to help you widen your understanding and improve your singing on pitch.
Singing exercises you can use to sharpen your musical ear
1. Start with the basics, play a random note – use a keyboard, a guitar or an app. Play a random single note within your range, listen to it, and then sing it – as precisely as you can. This exercise will hone your relative sense of pitch – determining how low or how high a note is.
2. Play with the chords – a chord is formed when you play together three or more notes. This type of vocal exercise often starts with you training your ear to identify the four types of triad chord: major, minor, diminished and augmented. When you hear these chords, try to sing them or play them back on your instrument. If you mastered doing this, you have reached the ultimate goal of chord ear training. Want to sing it using true voice or falsetto? No worries, it doesn’t really matter – as long the notes are correct and on pitch!
3. Scale ear training exercises – as most singers do, you may know that scales are patterns of notes being played in repeatedly, which can get boring. But do know that scales are an important part of EVERY singer’s artistic and technical development? It acts as an exceptional vehicle to warm up your voice. So, always make sure to practice on a variety of scales – i.e. minor and major scales.
We have 12 musical notes in any one key. And there are four basic scales used in contemporary Western music – one major scale (natural), and three kinds of minor scales (harmonic, natural and melodic). Try starting with one octave of every scale, and as you become more confident and proficient, you can advance your range by doing up to two octaves. To make it more fun and enjoyable, you can combine different rhythms and patterns, such as blues, jazz, pentatonic, chromatic and so on. Make singing scales fresh and fun!
So go ahead and start learning, training your musical ear, and be able to sing on pitch confidently and correctly!
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Hope this helps, and have fun singing 🙂