Vocal Tips (Part 6)

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How To Sing With Better Pitch

I want to give you a couple of exercises that can help you to sing with better pitch. Singing out of key is one of those things that are mostly unforgivable, as far as an audience is concerned. So, if your pitch is weak, and you would like to eventually sing for crowds of people, then you’ve got some work to do. But don’t be discouraged; you can get there. And hopefully these exercises will help.

The first exercise is a matching exercise. And you will need some kind of instrument for this one, for both of these, actually. A piano, keyboard or guitar will work just fine. And, if you don’t have any of those you can use the keyboard in Garage Band, if you have a Mac or find one online to mess with, which should be relatively easy.

Go here if you want to learn how to become a better singer.

Okay, hit one note, any note. It’s better if it is someone in the middle of your range, but any note will due, really. Listen to the note; let it sink in. Try to match the note. Do this a few times with the same note, and then move on to another.

It might be a good idea to invite someone else to listen along, if you feel like you can’t tell if you are matching the pitch well.

The next one is sliding. Hit a note and see if you can slide up to it, or down to it.

These should help. And a good set of vocal exercises will help strengthen your voice and give you more control, too.

Hope this helps!

Aaron

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  1. shari
    3 years ago

    i like the website but it did not help me at all boo hoo u made cry because i got a recital in 1 more day ind i cant sing see hear are the lyrics i wrote mwah clap mwah clap mwah u got me waiting all day am i sopose to cry u said u be back by tommorow night but instead u waited now she calln my phone talkn bout u here she just made drama i thought we put that behind us but i cant take nomore thats all i got thank u


  2. caity
    3 years ago

    I’m having trouble with my singing of late, I don’t know what it is but I find that of late whenever I sing my throat tenses up. It throws everything out of balance. My singing has become pitchy and breathy- like mariah Carey. It’s very diconcerting…am I losing voice?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      3 years ago

      Caity,

      I don’ think you are losing you voice, although you may be.

      What you’re describing is actually a common problem among many singers. The tensing and squeezing is particularly common when you get the the higher notes in your range, right. This is usually a result of attempting to bring your chest voice into your higher range instead of using your head, or, even better, your mix voice.

      If you want me to help with that, I can. My course has a couple of section devoted to that very thing.

      Here it is, if you want to take a look: http://www.howtosing.com/superior-singing-method/

      Good luck, Caity!

      Aaron


  3. Serena
    3 years ago

    I kind of understand the article. When I sing in chorus people tell me I’m good at singing, but when I’m with my mom in the car singing to the radio she says I sound like I’m justing breathing and the is barely any voice. Can you tell me what is wrong and why that is happening?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      3 years ago

      Serena,

      Sounds like your singing is breathy right now. One of the most important aspects of singing is what is called the onset. This just means that beginning of singing. When you open your mouth to sing, you want to convert the air coming out of your mouth into sound as quickly as possible. Breathy singing tend to let some air escape first, which makes the rest of the phrase sound breathy, too.

      One good exercise you can use to begin to correct that is the consonant ‘G’. If you sing in chorus you are probably familiar with vocal scales. Using the ‘G’ sound on a scale regularly is one way to help you with your onset” Guh, guh, guh.

      Hopefully that helps. You can check out my full course, if you want to take your voice to the next level.

      I wish you all the best.

      Aaron


  4. Sarah
    3 years ago

    Thanks it really helped my friends and my parents say I sing like a pop star now


  5. katie
    3 years ago

    i am a horrable singer but i love music and singing i have recorded my self and i dont like what i here im pitchy and cant hold a note do u have any advise ????


    • Aaron Anastasi
      3 years ago

      Katie,

      Thanks for the note and the question.

      Let’s see. Honestly, the best thing for you would be to sign up for my course. It will help you develop your voice and sing on key by strengthening the muscles in your voice and giving you techniques to help you sing better overall, and even help you increase your vocal range and eliminate nasality and a lot more.

      Really, nothing I can write here in a comment section is going to help you very significantly. But doing vocal exercises will help train your voice and matching exercises will help with your pitch. I go over all of that in depth in my course.

      Best of luck to you!

      You can take a look at the course and try it risk free here, if you want: http://www.howtosing.com/superior-singing-method/

      Aaron


  6. regan
    2 years ago

    im going to a recording studio on the 10th april for my best friends birthday treat and i can sing!!! i tryed your stuff but i steel sound soo pooopp :( what should i do??


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Regan,

      Unfortunately, it takes tip, and a few tips, here and there, are not going to get you where you want to be as a singer. If you’re serious about learning to sing, I can help you. You can find my 8-week course here: http://www.howtosing.com/superior-singing-method/

      Best of luck!

      Aaron


  7. Sophia
    2 years ago

    I have no idea what my vocal range is and I need to master the song
    Lightweight by Demi lovato for a event , but however I need help reaching those high note any help?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Sophia,

      Hmm. I can definitely help you with that, but it would take a lot more that a comment could really give you. My full course, Superior Singing Method, targets that very thing, though.

      Here it is, if you’re interested in taking a look: http://www.howtosing.com/superior-singing-method/

      Hope that helps, and best of luck to you!

      Aaron


  8. Molly
    2 years ago

    Hello! This is a very helpful site you have here (: I’m 13 and I have talent show auditions on this coming wednesday. the talents how’s the end of may…I was planning on performing a small portion on wednesday for auditing and then trying to become better by the actual talent show. I think I’m an alto…I sing kinda high but I can’t go much higher. When I go down from my starting point my voice kinda cracks alittle. I plan on playing piano and singing 1000 miles by Vanessa carlton. Do you think this song would be too hard? I don’t understand when I should go up or down because the songs written pretty equal straight through…


  9. kyle
    2 years ago

    Thanks alot i have been noticing some improvement, but i have a deep voice and when i have recorded my self i have been noticing that whenever i try to sing notes in my middle or lower ranges my voice sounds really crackly or too breathy, i have no idea how to fix it or why this is happening, any advice?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Kyle,

      Hey man. Well, I would need to hear it, but it sounds like you either don’t have enough air (sounds weird, since it’s breathy, but that’s what can happen when you’re short of air), haven’t warmed up or strengthened your voice or haven’t taken the time to develop the lower register.

      I can help you with any of those problems. The first has to do with singing from the diaphragm, and the other the right vocal exercise regimen.

      If you’re interested in taking a look at my step by step, intensive, 8-week course, you can find it here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best of luck to you, Kyle!

      Aaron


  10. Anthony
    2 years ago

    Hey Aaron, Im a musician trying to improve my singing, im taking in the tips on singing better you and others have made availible on the web, and although I haven’t had the chance yet to use them (it being too early to be singing correctly in my house) I am optimistic about my vocal improvement. I have a few questions I would like to be answered, prefferably without a link to your program, because Im too poor to be buying anything like that (starving artist). I have never had any vocal training and have played guitar for five years, and my singing was done basically when I was alone until six or seven months ago, everyone I have played and sang for loves my voice, except my family and girlfriend of course, haha, but they have said I can get that raspy buckcherry sound, or staind voice, and also a whiny Nevershoutnever voice, just doing covers, I dont exactly know what style i would like to pursue in my own music, or if any of them will damage or limit my abilities. Also is Screaming/Growling a no-no in my pursuit of a great vocal sound. Best cheap/easy to use recording program?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Anthony,

      The voice you have is all you’ve got, so if it sounds raspy and buckcherry-like, embrace it. There is a market for that. And as far as style of music goes, I would just do whatever style you like. A raspy voice can potentially fit in any style of music. You don’t have to do screamo or post-hardcore. You could do folk or whatever and have your own unique blend of styles.

      And as far as screaming goes, you mostly need to take care of your voice with lots of water and sleep to repair the muscles fibers that you break down when you scream. The voice was never really meant to do that for long periods of time, so the best thing for that is care. I would avoid it, myself, if your goal is the pursuit of a great vocal sound.

      As far as recording programs go, you have two main options: 1. Pro Tools 2. Logic. Logic is probably easier to use and becoming more of the standard. Or you can just use Garage Band, if you have a MacBook. Any program is going to be an investment, though. None that are good are super cheap. Best of luck, dude.

      Aaron


  11. Anthony
    2 years ago

    Thanks Aaron, I appreciate the advice, I think your right, I think if I can perfect my raspy singing style it will be easier to have the wow factor and get somewhere, Ill have to check out those programs! Ill try and keep you updated :)


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Anthony,

      Very cool, man. Yeah, roll with it. But if it hurts your voice, maybe tweak it a little so that you don’t do any damage to your voice over the long run.

      I have a brother named Anthony, BTW. :)

      Aaron


  12. Anthony
    2 years ago

    Haha I know, I added you on a popular social network your involved with and shared how much I like your music that you compose, keep rockin man, i wanna see another album on spotify of yours :)


  13. Ambie
    2 years ago

    So, I really love singing and my friends say i am good. i have never had lessons, but just recently, whenever I sing it is getting quite hard to reach the high notes of my fave songs. I love singing kelly clarkson songs but her voice is really good and i can’t reach all the notes. am i just bad at singing, and what could i do to make it easier to reach the notes?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Amber,

      You are not bad at singing. She has an incredibly high range. You can increase your range, and I can help you do that, if you’re interested.

      I have a bunch of videos on my YouTube channel (howtosingdotcom), but if you really want to improve quickly, in a step by step kind of way, I’ve got an 8-week, intensive program that you can find out more about here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best of luck to you, and keep singing!

      Aaron


  14. Ambie
    2 years ago

    Thanks, and you guessed my name was amber too! Clever! Thank you!


  15. Ambie
    2 years ago

    You know that I said i liked singing kelly clarkson songs, but i strains my voice getting the high notes, could that damage my voice?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Amber,

      Just don’t push too hard for too long. I’m sure you’ll be fine, though.

      Aaron


  16. Destiny
    2 years ago

    I’m a child of age twelve, and desperately have hopes for singing- but my parent’s think I’m terrible. I really want to sing- I sung in a school place; all except one said “Amazing,” But I don’t believe them. I need some singing tips- please, help me.


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Destiny,

      I’m sure you have a pretty good voice, and you can learn to sing even better with the right instruction and exercises.

      I can help you. I’ve got a bunch of videos on my YouTube channel (HowToSingDotCom) that can help you, but if you really want to improve quickly, in a step by step kind of way, I’ve got an 8-week, intensive program that you can find out more about if you click the link below.

      http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      That’s the best way I know how to help. I spent a few years developing and refining the course to help people just like you. :)

      Best of luck to you!

      Aaron


  17. Sarah
    2 years ago

    Hey!
    Maybe you can give an answer,
    I sing every day ’cause is what i love the most
    but,I kinda have problems with the high notes ,I actually can sing them but very low .. like very low
    but I can .. and I don’t have any trouble with the lower notes .. I wanted to know .. maybe I just can’t sing the higher notes because of my vocal range or I’m not doing it well ? ..
    I hope you can answer me , the page is awesome :)


  18. mr.pingu
    2 years ago

    thanx for your good singing tips.. hope can be a better singer.. I like to watch your Vocal tips in youtube =)


  19. Hannah
    2 years ago

    Thanks Aaron, this really helped. Now my keyboard can be put to use(:


  20. alex
    2 years ago

    Hi. I tried tried singing “i will always love you” by Whitney Houston .. i need tips on how to make my my voice sound clearer..


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Alex,

      You have a couple options. I’ve got a bunch of videos on my YouTube channel that can help you (howtosingdotcom), but if you really want to improve quickly, in a step by step kind of way, I’ve got an 8-week, intensive program that you can find out more about here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/. That’s the best way I know how to help. I spent a few years developing and refining this course and this method to help people just like you. It will help you sing clearer and give you a better overall voice.

      Aaron


  21. natalie
    2 years ago

    my parents say I cant sing good I tryed listening to myself on the computer and I want to sing good I would want my parents to be proud of me what should I do?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Natalie,

      You have a couple options. I’ve got a bunch of videos on my YouTube channel that can help you (howtosingdotcom), but if you really want to improve quickly, in a step by step kind of way, I’ve got an 8-week, intensive program that you can find out more about here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/.

      Best,
      Aaron


  22. mitch
    2 years ago

    hi shari,
    i have done a lot of vocal training, mainly in the musical theatre style singing which opens up range etc, that was a while ago and i can still remember some of it, but when i sing high i notice its very nasal (typical musical theatre voice) whereas i want to sound more smooth and jazz style, along the lines of Jeff Buckley


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Mitch, I can definitely help you with that. I’ve got a bunch of videos up on my YouTube channel (howtosingdotcom) that can help you, but if you really want to improve quickly, in a step by step kind of way, I’ve got an 8-week, intensive program that you can find out more about here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best,
      Aaron


  23. siddharth sareen
    2 years ago

    this is my song and plz help me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msPpvREmHVI open it..


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Watching and critiquing singing videos/audio is a service I offer my Superior Singing Method students in the Vocal Coaching Club, but I get too many requests, so I try to limit it to those students. You can find it here: http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/ Best, Aaron


  24. Seth
    2 years ago

    I have trouble with sustaining notes. What can I do to fix that?


  25. Jasper
    2 years ago

    Wow I dont have a musical insturment but I can tell there help isint working so I am going to another website I am not trying to heart your feelings


  26. nina
    2 years ago

    thx 4 the singing tips. i won the talant show in 1st place becsuse of u thx


  27. lyam
    2 years ago

    there was a singing contest in our school.It’s called “POPSTAR” ,I auditioned for 2 consecutive years but unfortunately i wasn’t able to pass the audition.My Classmates said that it was not a good choice of song for me , and I was over in VIBRATO…Base on the title of the song ,should I sing POP SONG ?? I can’t find my genre… there were times that I sang VERY WELL based on the feedbacks pf my audience but sometimes I don’t !!how can you help me ??


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      The genre to choose usually just has to do with whichever genre that you like the most. The voice is pretty adaptable. But your unique voice will definitely fit into one genre better than another, but what’s most important is just developing the voice you have through a good vocal lesson program.


  28. Karen
    2 years ago

    Hey how are you?.. ive been singing for a while. ive been doubting myself all these years all because i cant riff and all that good stuff..How and what can i do that can help me with learning how to do so? also lately ive been in the studio and hitting high notes are really becoming a problem for me crackling of the voice and holding the notes too.. any advice on these things? Thannks in Advance.


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      I’m well, Karen. Thank you for asking. :-)

      I have some ideas on what can help you riff and learn how to sing better and more advanced, as well as clean up the crackling in your voice, but not that I could really say quickly and a comment.

      Agility exercises are a good way to begin training your voice to do riffs. And it sounds like you need to strengthen the muscles in your voice overall, which means having a daily regimen of vocal warm-ups and advanced exercises that you stick to for a few weeks. This should help with the crackling can certainly withholding the notes.

      My 8-week, systematic program has all of that stuff, if you’re interested in taking a look at that.

      http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Otherwise, I have a bunch of free videos up on YouTube that you can find here.

      http://www.youtube.com/user/HowToSingDotCom

      And I have an agility minicourse coming out in a couple of weeks as well.

      Best of luck to you!

      Aaron


  29. munna
    2 years ago

    haiii aaron wt is superior singing method?


  30. Sean
    2 years ago

    Hey I’m not sure how to project my voice without sounding like I’m vibrating too much. I’m 16
    And I can hit just any note. Low high and in the middle. Thanks


  31. Ethan
    2 years ago

    Hey Aaron,
    I’m 15 and trying to start a Fall of Troy/Dance Gavin Dance-esque band and I kind of have to be the singer as of now but when I listen to myself my pitch is all over the place, I sound a little nasally, I have a bad crack between my chest and head voice, and I have a pretty deep voice, so high notes are tough. Any tips? Thanks in advance.


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Ethan, that’s a little too much to give tips for in a comment, but it sounds like you would be a perfect candidate for my program, superior singing method. It addresses all those things in detail. I wish you all the best with your singing, Ethan!


  32. jenni
    2 years ago

    ok when you say try to match my voice to the key do u mean like a ‘humm’ or a dun:


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Jenni,

      Any vowel sound is fine. Matching is the main thing.


  33. Joey
    2 years ago

    This seems like a very beneficial site! I have a question that no one can seem to answer for me. I sing like a pop star(justin bieber, jason mraz type) and i love singing like that…but how do i know what my range is? Like, should i be singing like that if thats not how my voice is when i talk? I know its a confusing question, but if you could do your best to answer before i look into your full course, thatd be awesome! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Joey, however it is comfortable for you to sing is just fine for you to sing that way. It doesn’t matter if it sounds like your regular speaking voice or not. As long as you’re not straining your voice, then you’re perfectly fine. Best of luck to you with your singing!


  34. lydia
    2 years ago

    i like these exersises but i don,tnk they are helping i want to sing but my sisters are not encouraging i am pretty bad i just hope one day i can sing like Arina Grande


  35. lydia
    2 years ago

    i don’t think these exersises are helping i just hope one day i will be like Arina Grande


  36. lydia
    2 years ago

    sorry didn’t see it


  37. Stephen
    2 years ago

    Aaron,

    I’ve been playing guitar for about 12 years and all my friends tell me that I should start playing live in front of people, but I feel my voice just isn’t there yet.. A lot of the songs I sing I feel i can sing fine but when I have the guitar going I run out of breathe? Maybe I get to into the music while I play and sing simultaneously.. I also feel like I have a harder time going from a lower note to a higher note, while having a much easier (less tension on throat and more consistently hitting the notes I want to hit) going from higher to lower.. are these normal problems?

    Thanks,

    Stephen


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Stephen, yes these are normal problems and all of which I can help you to fix with my course superior singing method. Have you had a chance to check it out?

      http://www.howtosing.com/sing-better-fast-ssm/

      Best of luck to you with your singing, and I would say just go for play and sing out, and you will get better and better at it over time. My course will help you to get there faster and with better technique, though.


  38. sara
    2 years ago

    hi, I love to sing,

    I heard that olive oil is good for the voice, is this true? what helps this be good? should I sip it before I sing high or low?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Olive oil is very good for your body, but it has very little effect on your singing ability. :)


  39. trevor
    2 years ago

    hi Aaron my name is trevor im 19 nd was a smoker with a terrible scathchy voice i quit smoking and have taken up singing and writing all of your tips have been extreamly helpful in every way
    but i just cant seem to get rid of that scatchyness ny suggestions?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      You may have some permanent damage and your voice, but I would guess that eventually your voice will begin slowly healing itself. I would try regular warm salt water gargles. Have you had a chance to check out my singing course, superior singing method? You can find it here along with some free video singing tips. http://www.superiorsingingmethod.com

      Best of luck to you with your singing!


  40. Leila
    2 years ago

    hello Aaron,
    I really love to sing, I’ve been singing since I was two, I started to sing Lady Gaga when I was six to seven and then when i was eight i started to sing loads of florence and the machine, for instince, raise it up/dog days are over. and i was great. Now I am singing florence and the machine, adele and you know all that. Now I am going trying to sing high, do you have any tips i can use :)?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      That’ll sounds great! Best thing I can do to give you the most help is to direct you to ward my singing program, superior singing method. If you like to check that out, you can find out more here, and also get some free video singing tips: http://www.superiorsingingmethod.com


  41. justice
    2 years ago

    well im only 11 and i realy want to sing better and i went to alstate choir in tampa in 11 but i dont tm good im tryin to learn bound to you bound to you by cristina agulra


    • Aaron Anastasi
      2 years ago

      Congratulations on going to all-state choir. I believe that my program, superior singing method, can help you get to where you want to be as a singer. If you want to find out more, check this out: http://www.superiorsingingmethod.com