Ear Training Exercises -
Develop a Pitch Perfect
Ear Training is one of the absolutely essential forms of training a singer must undergo, in order to develop a great singing voice!
It helps the singer to develop his or her listening ear, so that they will be able to monitor their own singing pitch, hear when they go out of tune, and correct their pitch as they sing!
There are also many useful ear training books and CDs that we can get in order to improve our aural awareness that keeps us singing in tune.
I will be introducing you to some useful ear or aural training exercises in this section, and these will touch on the following topics:
Click on the links provided in order to find out more about each of the above topics! You may also wish to check out some basic pitching exercises to improve your singing pitch, or to learn about some basic vocal exercises to improve various aspects of your singing voice!
Now, just to give you some basic pointers before you proceed with the various ear training exercises:
1. Practice makes Perfect!
Developing a great listening ear for singing takes time and practice. There is certainly no short cut to it, especially if you have been unable to listen to your singing pitch, or if you cannot tell whether you are singing in tune or not!
Practising the various exercises provided above will help to improve your aural ability, but regular practice is a must. Just use the practice music that i have uploaded and you will certainly go far!
2. Training Buddy
Try to get someone who can practise with you, and who is preferably better at singing in pitch than you are.
This person will be able to tell whether you are singing out of tune, or whether you are relatively on pitch.
If you are unable to get someone to be present with you when you practise, you may also record what you sing together with the practice music, and play it to someone with a good ear for pitches to do an assessment of your singing.
3. Humming For An Accurate Pitch!
For those who are unable to catch the pitches that are being played in the practice music, or who are unable to sing in a correct tune at all, try to hum before you sing the note that you need.
Just play a certain note on a musical instrument (either a piano, guitar, keyboard etc.) and keep that note sustained while you try to hum to the correct pitch.
Once you are certain that the resonating sound from the instrument matches the sound that you are humming in your head, then just open your mouth and sing that note out using an ‘Ah’ syllable.
This should help you to get the correct pitch most of the time!
You may also wish to check out some humming warmups available on my website, if you find that humming does work for you!
4. Warmups are Important!
Always be sure to do your vocal warmups before you do any singing or vocal training. This will help to prevent any possible vocal abuse or harm to your voice.
Doing your warmups regularly will also help to keep your voice supple and well-stretched, and it will certainly develop into a better singing voice over time!
To improve your voice further, you should also practise the free online vocal exercises provided on my website, or check out some of the vocal training packages available in the market that train the various aspects of your singing voice, including vocalization, pitching, listening and performance!
Ear Training is certainly vital for Singing In Tune, and it will help you to work towards performing various song repertoire with a pitch-perfect singing voice!