Today’s episode focuses on ear training—how it’s really possible for anyone no matter how they sing. Tara gives some practical tips on how to train your ear, whether you are a singer or a teacher trying to help your voice students!
“Being able to match pitch is possible for almost every person”.
Ways to help people get good pitch:
- Pick our high and low pitches in every day life.
- Visually draw a note/pitch with a pencil and paper to help the person see the difference between two or more pitches.
- Sing notes to someone with them singing back the same matching notes: call and response.
- Listen to a song and then sing back what you just heard. This is great for teachers with a student.
- As a teacher, you can show people the differences in steps and jumps in pitches through actually stepping and jumping with your body.
- Listen to a song you know and see if you can pick out different sounds like harmonies, background vocals, guitar, drums, piano, and more.
- Look for physical details in your house and then look for details in the musical sounds you hear or sing.
- You can feel sound in your body—high and low sounds. Example: Putting your hand on your chest can help you be aware of the feeling going on when you sing. Or feeling the vibration of a train going by.
- To get to the center of the pitch, think of the visual of a bullseye in archery. You want to hit it in the middle.
- Another visual way with taking steps and jumps is to show someone they have to jump or step dead center. It shows the middle of a pitch.
- Make sure the breath is able to support a pitch. It’s not just getting a deep breath but maintaining the breath and pressure to hold the pitch.
- Record yourself singing something to hear back if you are close to the original recording pitches. This works well in a voice lesson too.
Ear training takes time!
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