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Pitch Control Tips

Learn pitch control tips in this Howcast online singing lesson featuring singer Anya Singleton.


Hi. I'm Anya Singleton. We're going to talk about pitch control tips.

The biggest thing about pitch control is breath. If you're not supported well with the breath, then the pitch will not be sustained. I think that a really easy thing for you to do is to just go to the piano and just pick a note. I'm just picking Middle-C at random, here. I'm just going to work within jumping around from C to C, in octave. What we're going to do is we're just going to pick notes. I'm going to home in and just see if I can match the pitch. Then when you get more comfortable, you can make the leap yourself, and then hit the note to see if you've actually matched it, so that you are really training your ear to control pitch.

Here's an example. I'm just going to pick a Middle-C. Then if I go a 1/3 above. I can remember what those notes were. Middle-C and the E above it. I'm really making sure that I'm tuned into those notes. Once you feel more comfortable, then you can do exercises where you jump around, and you muscle memory to remember what it is.

I think, start simply; really make sure you're in that note. Another good thing to do is you can jump octaves, so that way, you're really working. I'm going to start a little lower for this one, on an A. Then we can move up. I'm moving up, but I'm jumping octaves. Octaves are tough because you've got all of those notes in between, and this way you're really supporting yourself. I have to sing differently here than I do here. I'm going to have to use more breath the higher up I go.

Just thinking about how you're using your breath. Keep yourself in a comfortable range for yourself when you're doing pitch. If you're singing outside a range, it's too high/too low, then it's going to be very difficult to control the pitch.

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