Friday, January 28, 2011

How to sing on key: Learn the right tips for singing on pitch

This is one of the most important guides on how to become a successful singer. To become successful, you really need to know how to sing on key. This means as a singer you should know how to sing in tune or in pitch with the song. This is often the hardest but with proper techniques; there is an easy solution after all. Feel free to link to this important guide or share it with your friends who love singing. Supposing you are assigned or scheduled to sing in front of a public gathering which might be composed of hundreds or even thousands of listeners. And you need to sing your favorite song; the only problem is that either the key of the song is high or too low for your own vocal range. So the following steps can help you solve this problem:

Step1: Not all singers have the gift to sing the entire four or even five octave vocal range (from the lowest possible human voice to the highest pitch). The first step is of course, knowing your “effective vocal range”. To find the perfect key for your effective vocal range is that you need help from an “accompanist”. An accompanist is a person who is skillful with a particular instrument such as a guitar or piano that can play along with the singer. It is not easy to find an accompanist, you find a lot in your school or even one of your friends may know how to play these instruments very well. If you are looking for an accompanist, one of the very important requirements is the following:

a.) Knows how to play all the chords either in piano or in guitar.
b.) Knows how to expertly transpose the chords of the song in a piano or a guitar. For example if a certain song has the following chord sequence: C- Am- F- G.
c.) Knows how to tune his guitar to standard pitch.
d.) Knowledge on the use of guitar capo is desirable but it is not required.

Then transposing it two steps higher will be D- Bm- G- A. Or two steps lower will be Bb- Gm- Eb- F. Make sure the accompanist knows how to do these things very easily.

Step2: Once you find an accompanist, give him/her the piece you would like to sing. A lyric with the given chords is enough. Make sure the chords are accurate and using standard key (most musical compositions are written in standard tuning). Then let the accompanist tune his guitar to standard pitch. No need to worry about the piano since it is already tune to standard. An important requirement of the song chords is that it should match with the key of your song minus one-karaoke version. In case you don’t know the key of your minus-one version, you need to consult your music instructor or need help with a recording engineer/studio musician. You can find some suggestions in Step 5 below. But if you are performing the song in front of your audience using a guitar or piano accompaniment (not using minus-one version), then this is not a problem. Give the accompanist some time to be familiar with the song chords so that he/she will have an idea how to transpose the song either higher or lower.

Step3: Now you need to meet the accompanist and practice/rehearse the song with him/her. This is the most important step. Let the accompanist play the song using the given chords and then try to sing from the beginning until the end of the song. If you find yourself having trouble reaching the highest notes of the song. Ask the accompanist to transpose the song key two steps below the original key and then sing again. A guitarist that uses capo can speed up the transposition process very easily. Repeat until you hit those highest notes perfectly and smoothly. Ensure that lowering the song key does not give you problems singing the lowest notes of the song. On the opposite; if you are natural born high pitch singer, you might want the accompanist to transpose the song key starting two steps higher and then move the pitch upwards until you can comfortably sing the song according to your vocal range. Take note the number of steps transposed. For example, the perfect key of the song is 4 steps below the standard key of the piece. Or if you are high pitch singer, the perfect key is 3 steps higher than the standard key.

Step4: If you will be performing with a minus one or karaoke at the time of your public performance. Send the minus-one track to a recording engineer and have them transpose the song according to your perfect key. Provide some information about how much transposition is needed. Of course, you need to ensure that the original chords (un-transposed) used by the accompanist match with the minus one version so that the transposition is straightforward.
If you looking for a recording engineer that can help you prepare your minus-one version, send an email to or visit the website . Once you have the copy of the transposed version, sing and rehearse with it. At your performance day, you can sing your piece “perfectly” and with confidence because it is now transposed according to your own vocal range.