If you're a beginner singer and want to know how to sing in tune, you're in the right place.
Today we're going to look at some very important singing techniques that will help get your voice more naturally in tune. We'll also look at why it's important to sing in pitch.
As a quick note, in this guide I interchange the terms singing in pitch and in tune. I'm largely referring to the same thing when I do, so bare that in mind. Later I also look a bit at singing in key which is different. More details on that as we go on.
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Why You Need To Learn To Sing In Tune (AKA Singing In Pitch)
So why is singing in tune important? Well in its most simple form, if you sing out of tune, your singing won't sound very appealing to your listeners. It's very easy for others to notice if you don't sound good, usually because of pitching issues.
Getting a bit more technical though, when you're singing there are certain notes you should be hitting in each song. If you go above or below those notes, that is when you are singing out of tune.
There are generally two main ways you can sing out of pitch:
- Your singing sounds flat. If you sing flat, that means you are singing below the correct note by a quarter tone. This will make your voice sound dull and boring, like you are not putting much emotion into it.
- Your singing is too sharp. This is at the other end of the scale when you are singing higher than your note is supposed to be by a quarter tone. This can sometimes be difficult to listen to for your audience.
Neither of these is something you want as they won't sound good. Thankfully, if you're singing out of tune there are things you can do to improve this. Below I show you a few things which can help you sing better in pitch.
1. If You Want To Naturally Sing In Tune, Practice Analyzing Your Voice
Now this may sound obvious to some, but if you want to learn to sing in pitch, you first need to know how to tell when you aren't singing in pitch.
In all honesty, this is easier said than done. It takes some time to know what to listen to when it comes to tuning, but it is worthwhile learning this as it will help your singing career greatly in the long run.
You may have heard the saying that a rubbish singer doesn't know that they are rubbish. This is because they don't know how to analyze their own voice. Many singers think they are singing well, when in fact they are not. It is clear to see for everyone else, but for some reason they just don't hear it. This is why you get many more singers auditioning for the X factor and looking confused when they don't get through the first round.
So now you know that you need to learn to determine when you are singing in tune. But how do you do this?
Well there are two main way. First of all, you need to listen to other singers. Singers that are good, that are well known for having good singing voices.
Learn what these singers sound like, and compare them to other singers who are known not to be as good. Can you tell the difference between when they sound flat or when they sound in pitch? While this may not be instantly recognizable, keep listening and you will start to get a better idea over time.
In terms of determining whether you are in tune or not, the best thing to do (other than getting a professional singing teacher to directly tell you) is recording yourself singing. When you sing without recording yourself, it's hard to accurately determine how good you are if you don't know what you're looking for. That said, when you record yourself singing and listen to the recording back, you will more easily be able to hear your flaws, and when you are singing either flat or too sharp.
Doing both of these things will better allow you to determine if you are singing in tune.
2. How To Sing In Tune For Beginners: Learn The Correct Breathing Techniques
If you want to sing better, you need to learn how to control your breathing. Breathing well is a vital skill for any singer, as breathing incorrectly will not only make it harder for you to sing in tune, but also the song won't sound as pleasing for your audience.
Part of good breathing is getting enough air flowing through your body. You need air to allow your singing voice to work properly. And without taking that air in correctly, you'll end up taking gasps of air more and struggling to keep the song in tune.
There are many exercises you can do to practice taking air in properly. While I no longer share some good ones in my free become a better singer for beginners training, here are some others you can also try:
Be sure to give those a try along with the exercises in my course.
Now, this next point I share is probably the most important if you're a beginner wanting to learn how to sing in tune.
Tip 3 – You'll Sing More In Tune When You Allow Enough Space In Your Mouth
The final tip I can give you is to allow enough space in your mouth. The best way I can describe why this is important is this. Think about when been in a cathedral. Or anywhere where it's got a really big high ceiling and it's very spacious.
When you go in there, do you ever notice that the sound is always really full and resonant? It usually sounds quite nice. The same goes for your voice as an instrument.
You've got to think of your mouth in your head as a big cathedral.
What you want to do is to make sure that you have as much space and as much height for the ceiling of your cathedral as possible to improve not only your sound quality, but also your pitch.
Now, lack of space in the mouth is usually caused by two things:
- Having a lazy tongue, and
- Having a lowered soft palate.
Not sure what a soft palate is? Well it's the fleshy bouncy bed at the very back of your mouth.
What you want to do is to make sure your soft palate is raised up as high as possible which will improve your sound quality and your pitch.
In order to start getting the right feeling for the extra space in your mouth, when you yawn, you naturally raise your soft palate and have your tongue down. When you do that, feel the stretch that you get inside your mouth. That's the placement that you want to try and maintain while you sing; this will improve your singing.
Another exercise that you can do to get that feeling going, is by going posh with everything that you say. Confused? Let me explain.
You may have heard the warm up lesson ‘how, now, brown, cow'. If you use those sorts of words, it will help you to raise the soft palate. It also improves your tongue base as well because a lazy tongue has all got to do with your incorrect use of vowels.
Depending on which language you speak or which kind of accent that you have, some people will have a lazier tongue than others. It's a good idea to go really, really posh sometimes with your singing practice. This does help when it comes to singing in tune.
So there you have it, how to sing in tune. If you put into practice the above things, your tuning should improve with time.
If you want additional help with singing in tune, Youtube singing lessons should be helpful.
So, are you going to use any of these tips? If so which ones? And if you are already using some of them, how did they help you sing better in pitch? Let us know in the comments below, we absolutely love hearing how things work out for you. 🙂