Unfortunately some of us who aspire to be a singer are not blessed with the natural ability to sing in tune. That doesn’t mean that we have to abandon our dreams of becoming the next Beyonce, but rather that we need to dedicate time and practice in order to sing in tune.
Many people incorrectly assume that either you can sing, or you can’t and whilst it is true that it is easier for certain people than others, even the best naturally gifted singers dedicate hours each day to practice.
I’m sure you have seen a famous singer live who has notoriously been slated in the press for singing out of tune, so you can rest assured that with patience, practice and consistency you too can master the art of singing in tune. Here are some basic tips to get you started on your journey to becoming a pitch perfect singer!
Analyze your voice
Oftentimes the secret to doing something right, is being able to first identify what you are doing wrong and then correcting it. The same is true of singing in pitch, or in tune as it is commonly referred to.
Start by singing along to an easy song that you are familiar with and either record yourself or simply be alert to which parts you are not singing in tune. Once you have identified where you are singing flat, or sharp, you can start correcting yourself.
Use the correct breathing techniques
Being a good singer largely stems from using the correct breathing techniques when you sing, which allows you to control your voice better. Make sure you are breathing from your diaphragm as opposed to shallow breathing from your chest, which is instinctive in every day life. This is an excellent free video that will teach you the best breathing exercises for singing in tune.
Don’t force the volume of your voice
Many singers trip up and end up singing out of tune when they try and force their voice to sound louder during certain parts of a song. This is a total mistake, especially when singing higher notes. The sounds will come out flat if you are singing outside your natural vocal range, so it is important that you read these tips from vocal coach Ken Taylor on how to hit the high notes correctly before you try and belt out a song.
Forcing your voice can also result in damage to your vocal chords, which might not be permanent, but it will certainly be a setback to your singing performance.
Expand your vocal range
Practicing singing scales outside your natural vocal range will be a great help to singing in tune.
If you sing scales regularly, then you will get used to stepping out of your comfort zone when you sing and it will also allow you to pinpoint specifically which notes you are having difficulty singing pitch perfect. You should aim to incorporate scales during a vocal warm up every time you set aside time to practice singing in tune.