8 Reasons Why You Are Struggling to Hit the Right Pitch

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Are you struggling to hit the right pitch?

If you're not singing a song with good pitch, everyone can hear it. Whether you're too sharp or too flat on certain notes will make or break a song. Imagine if you were listening to a band playing and the instruments were out of tune. The song may be recognizable, but it is certainly not as enjoyable to listen to under such circumstances. Well if you're a singer, there's a cure. Try following the suggestions below and see if there's room for improvement.

1. You may actually be yelling. Especially when the song requires us hitting higher notes, some of us tend to raise our volume in order to try to project those notes. Although your pitch may be close to correct. Screaming not only messes with your singing tone, but can damage your vocal cords.

2. You need to stand up straight. Poor posture can have a negative effect on your singing voice. In when you are reaching for the right pitch in a song. The reason is simple. Good pitch requires the proper amount of air flow. When you have bad posture, you inhibit this from happening, therefore affecting your ability ti create the right pitch.

3. Find another key or find another song. Just because we really like the song does not mean the song is right for us. Plain and simple, your vocal range and ability will dictate the songs we should be singing. If you are singing in a band. Change the key the song is in. If not, perhaps you need to move on.

4. Consider acquiring ear training. If you want to hit the right pitches, you need to be able to correctly identify and match the notes. Start by playing the notes on a guitar or piano and practice hearing and then singing along with them, making adjustments along the way.

5. Slow down when exhaling. Blowing out too quickly and aggressively will cause your pitch to rise, throwing you out of tune. Use your diaphragm to control the airflow that passes by your vocal cords. Control is the key.

6. Change vocal registers. In other words, you want to use your chest voice for hitting lower notes and you head voice for hitting high notes.

Know the difference between the two.

7. Keep your tongue out of your throat. Again blocking air flow won't allow the vocal cords to vibrate like they should. Therefore, it is recommended that you keep your tongue in a forward position with the tip touching your teeth. This helps you to hit the right notes.

8. Stage fright. If you are extremely nervous about the idea of singing, such is the case when in public. You may need to find a way to build up your confidence. Rather than doubting yourself and failing. See yourself already succeeding. Otherwise you increase your chances of being thrown off and out of key.

Hopefully some of the points mentioned will enable you to not only improve your ability to hit the right pitches but help build up your singing confidence.