in this lesson, you’ll be learning how to sing on all the keys with ease and perfection.
Try to pay close attention to the details in this article. The first point I want to make is,‘it is possible to sing on all keys,’and you better believe that. Otherwise, how will you be able to attain ease and perfection?
How To Develop The Ability To Sing With Ease And Perfection
The ability to sing begins with a mindset, and develops with a skill set which will ensure ear development, relaxed and effective singing, and a dramatic and compelling performance.
Master The Art Of Hearing, Listening, And Perception
The art of singing cannot be perfected without paying much attention to hearing, listening, and perception.
Develop Your Sense Of Hearing
To be able to learn effectively, comprehend and appropriate knowledge, there are certain senses that must come to play. For a singer, developing and maximizing your sense of hearing is very important, but do not just stop there, develop the art of listening to sound, identify its distinct character and effect, fathom its length and breadth and other dynamic qualities like intensity, softness, loudness, etc.
Develop A System Of Writing
To study sound, begin with notes- that is sound that has duration and quality. You have to learn or develop a system of writing. You can represent notes with Arabic numerals that you are already acquainted with.
There are twelve notes in vocal music, so you could use 1, 2, 3 to 12, to represent them in writing. Alternatively you could use alphabets, tonic solfas, or the staff notation which is generally accepted all over the world.
The Knowledge Of Scales
The next thing you study to emphasize your music knowledge are scales. A scale is an orderly arrangement of notes according to how it increases (ascends) or decreases (descends). A scale could combine 12 notes or less.
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For example, the most popular scale, known as the major scale has only seven notes. We even have scales with fewer notes, like the pentatonic scale which has five notes, but the major scale is very popular, you must have heard or even vocalized it yourself.
Does ‘do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do’ ring a bell?That is the tonic solfa notation of the major scale. Now that you know what a scale is, practice scale exercises by holding a note and increasing gradually. Imagine you are climbing a staircase, and as you climb higher, increase the height of the sound.
Add these together by studying the major scale with seven notes. Attach Arabic numerals to each note you vocalize. So, instead of the usual‘la-la-la-la,’ or ‘ooh, ooh, ooh,’replace ‘do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti’ with ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,’bearing in mind that you have to go high as you vocalize the next number.
What did you observe? Did you notice that notes vary in length? Record yourself singing numbers and tonic solfas, and note if there is any difference in the sound. Don’t stop until you get the same note both ways.
“What Is The Purpose Of This Exercise?”
- To develop your ability to recognize the position of notes
- To develop the ability to recognize note change
- To be able to measure the length between two notes in a major scale
At this stage, your ear is receptive and can tell the difference between notes, but that is not all, you also need to develop the ability to recognize a key, and also be able to tell when a key changes. That brings us to the second sound you must learn.
The Knowledge Of Key And Its Functions
Besides notes, you need to learn what a key is, and how a key functions. A key is the central note of a scale. It is usually the first notes on the scale, and it has this relaxed feeling you get when you arrive home, so if you were to go with tonic solfas, ‘do’ would be the key.
For the sake of positioning, I want you to use numbers. If you do so, the key will be represented with number 1. There are also twelve keys in music, and they can sound high or low at different frequencies. When you do the exercises above, your ear which is also an organ of balance, will help you determine the position of the key at different frequencies.
Volume is different from frequency. A sound could be high in terms of frequency, but low in terms of volume, so when you can differentiate between loud and high, you will be able to sing on all keys.Your voice even in its raw state can sing all keys, but may not be able to reach higher or lower frequencies.
When you establish this fact, and can establish the position of keys with consistent practice and vocal coaching, you will be able to vocalize beyond your default frequency.For the purpose of this lesson which is singing with ease and perfection, I want you to maximize what you have first.
Next time you want to sing a song and it sounds too high or too low, adjust your frequency on the same key and sing along.Yes, I believe that certain keys are more suitable than other keys in a particular music piece, but I want you to eliminate the fear of singing on all keys now.
As a matter of fact, when you screech to hit high notes, your notes sound horrible, your tone loses its credibility, and your singing becomes ineffective. Next time you find yourself in that situation, adjust your frequency an octave lower, and sing with ease, nose precision, and if necessary, more energy and volume.
The end result will be amazing because you will be enjoying the process, and will still not lose your effectiveness. Yes, you can sing on all keys with ease and precision. Believe it, apply it, and share the good news.