Being able to hear a pitch in your head or from an external
source, such as the radio or a piano, and then singing it is
called matching pitch. The first step to matching pitch is
figuring out how to hear the pitch in your head so you can
match the pitch. The second step is to match the pitch with
your voice. Matching pitch is a skill. It might not be your
strongest skill today, but you can improve with practice.
How to match pitch? Slide up
The idea here is that you practice listening to a pitch from
an external source and then slide around to match the pitch
vocally. Sliding away from the right note allows you to hear
the vibrations of your voice clashing with the wrong note and
then matching the right one.
Play a note on any instrument. After you play the note, feel
it in your body. Visualize yourself singing the note, before
you actually sing it.
Play the note again and sing it. If you didn't match
the pitch, slide up and down until you match it. You can
keep playing the note on the piano until you match it. How
will you know when you match the pitch? You'll hear that
the vibrations of your voice and the vibrations of the note
sound similar. The sounds will blend together when the
pitches are matched.
Play a different note. Visualize it and hear the note
in your head before you sing it. Now sing the note. If you
miss it again, slide up and down until you are matching the
Matching pitch takes
Matching pitch may be tricky for you in the beginning. If
you've never been able to do it, matching pitch won't happen
instantly, but you can improve with some practice. Be patient
and keep trying!
If you did match the note ater some practice good for you.
Play the note again. This time intentionally slide higher than
the note and then slide back down and match it again. The next
time, try sliding below the pitch and then back up to match it.
This will train your ear to hear the matching vibrations of
your voice and the instrument.
There are other techniques useful for matching pitch
including developing muscle memory. You can learn about all of
these pitch matching techniques in a good singing course. Read
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