Seven Keys To Improving Your Pitch

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As a vocalist, one of the most important things about singing is singing the right note.

Singing the message of God rings true, when you sing in tune; here are seven tips to help improve your pitch.

 

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. Get in the habit softly singing in the car ride on your way to church.

Play songs on your car stereo from the worship set and softly sing along. Perhaps sing an octave down, or sing at pitch but at a soft volume. Warming up your voice is so important to improving your pitch.

 

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 to support your singing with strong breathing is one of the most important skills that strong singers master.

 

3. Relax

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 4 or 5 deep breaths and consciously slow your racing heart and mind. Learning to control your emotions and nerves comes with experience and confidence.

Not by your power, confidence comes from Christ alone.

 

4. Match Your Pitch While Playing Piano

Take time to play your notes and parts on a piano and sing-a-long and match the pitch. Learning to listen and match pitches will drastically improve your singing pitch. Practice your vocals for this week’s songs by playing along on the piano while you practice. This will help keep you in tune when the real moment comes.

 

 

 

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.

“There is nothing more unique than the story God gave you to sing.” @BranonDempsey

 

6. Hire A Teacher

Having a professional help guide you and give you advice is invaluable. They will hear and see things that you might miss. They will give you consistent guidance and insight over a longer period of time and spot any bad habits that you might have developed. If you are serious about singing, a good vocal coach is well worth the money.

 

7. Practice, Practice, Practice; Sing, Sing, Sing

Confidence comes with repetition. Great singing doesn’t happen by accident. Great singers practice over and over. They are constantly singing and improving. The reason they can sing with confidence is that they have developed their skills in private. Many, many hours are spent in personal practice to develop the skills that make it look effortless on stage.

Singing is like most things in life…the more you do it, the better you get.

Invest in the skill God gave you; serve Him by that talent as an act of worship.

Bonus: Make sure you hear the main accompaniment instrument (piano, guitar, strings, bass, etc.) well in your monitor mix. It’s hard to match your pitch if you’re not hearing properly.

 

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Mark Cole along with Branon Dempsey is one of our Worship Team Training Instructors; how would your entire worship ministry benefit from live customized training at your church.

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