Episode 017 | Tara B | What Pitch Is and the Way to Master It

Ever wondered how pitch is actually made in our voices? Where do you think it starts? In the vocal folds? Or is there somewhere else? Join Tara today in this episode to see how incredibly complex our body is in producing specific pitches and yet the dichotomy of how easy it is too. Tara shares the journey how pitch is made and then gives tools to help all singers improve their pitches to become more accurate through ear training. 

(1:10) Definition of pitch = The highness or lowness of a note… 

(2:48) Where does pitch begin in our body? It starts in the brain. 

(3:44)  The Dorsal Laryngeal Motor Cortex controls voice pitch. It sends signals to our larynx muscles and cartilage to shape our vocal cords to create specific pitches. This happens in a split second. 

(7:41) The cartilage change the length and thickness of our vocal folds while the other muscles open the vocal folds. 

(10:43) An interval is a distance between two pitches. There are 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths, octaves and more. 

(13:10) We remember pitches because of pitch tonal memory

(13:56) Exercise 1: Play a triad on the piano (1-3-5) , playing all the notes at the same time. Pick our singing the highest note or try picking out the lowest note. 

(14:42) Exercise 2:   1-1-2-1-1-2-3-2-1, etc 

(15:48) Exercise 3: Play a couple of notes and then sing them back—matching the pitch and the order of the notes. 

(16:44) Exercise 4: Slides 1-3-1,  1-5-1,  1-8-1 

(17:44) Exercise 5: Fast staccato—1-3-5-3-1-4-6-4-1-3-5-3-1 

(18:36) Our pitches can sometimes be “pitchy”, which means flat or sharp. 

(21:20 Other reasons for pitch intonation problems can simply be that someone hasn’t trained their ear enough to hear the pitches dead center. They haven’t yet learned the details of a specific tone in tune. 

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