When I am auditioning new singers, one of the main things I listen for is their ability to sing in-tune. There are few things that ruin singing more than being out-of-tune. If you are a singer or working with singers, here are seven keys for how to improve singing pitch.
How to Improve Singing Pitch – 7 Great Tips
1. Warm up the voice
One of the main challenges of singing in church is that it is usually on a Sunday morning. Mornings are not always kind to singers. Over the years I have developed the habit of softly singing in the car ride on my way to church. I play songs on my car stereo from the worship set and softly sing along. Sometimes I sing an octave down, sometimes I sing at pitch but at a soft volume. How to improve singing pitch depends on good warm ups!
Here’s an idea of what Celine Dion does to warm-up her voice.
2. Improve your breath support
Strong singers have great breathing habits. They fill up their lungs all the way to the bottom and use their diaphragm muscle to control the flow of air. Learning how to improve singing pitch starts with supporting your singing with strong breathing. It’s is one of the most important skills that strong singers master.
Here is the link to an extensive article on “Correct breathing and support for singing.”
Getting nervous and uptight on stage or in an audition is fairly common. But, the resulting tension can wreak havoc with pitch control. Learn to calm yourself by slow deep breathing. Take four or five deep breaths and consciously slow your racing heart and mind. Learning to control your emotions and nerves comes with experience and confidence.
4. Match your pitch while playing piano
If you want to learn how to improve singing pitch take time to play your notes and parts on a piano, sing along, and match the pitch. Learning to listen and match pitches will drastically improve your singing pitch.
5. Record yourself singing
Most people can hear pitch problems in other people, but sometimes they miss it in their own singing. Recording yourself allows you to have a different perspective on hearing your own voice. Be warned: Most people don’t like the sound of their own voice at first. Don’t let that discourage you. Record yourself and learn to really listen to your pitch.