Intonation and the mechanics of your voice

Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.
Submitted: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 8:29am
Check out how the consonant can help focus or distort the sound of your pitch?
Intonation: the accuracy of pitch in playing or singing There are so many misconceptions and fallacies about how we produce sound that interfere with the pitch we are trying to generate as singers.

- Do you make sound with your mouth or with your brain?
- What myths about breathing have you picked up from your youthful days in church or school choirs that are hindering your ability to sing on pitch?

Singing is simpler than watching even the best singers on TV perform and far more complex than merely singing along with a sound recording.

Here's a tip for improving your intonation and even expanding your upper range believe it or not:

1) Start a daily warmup of just 15 minutes starting on middle C.

2) Intone or sing one note at a time in a medium voice without letting the sound waver in tone (vibrato) or volume (loudness or softness).

3) Hold the tone for as long as you can and go down by half step.

4) The lower you go, gently allow your voice to adjust the loudness so you can still hear the tone but there is no force.

5) If the voice wavers, simply keep the mental image of steady as she goes and let any wrinkles work themselves out. Avoid trying to "get it right" just keep singing down to the lowest tone.

6) Each tone should be almost like a meditation. Relax and learn to notice your voice's willingness to work itself out.

Do this for a week and journal once a week about what you noticed, what you resisted, and what change in your overall singing you may be noticing and then do it again for another week.

"Big doors swing on small hinges" - W. Clement Stone

In my series of lessons you'll learn the mechanics of your voice and how simple and gentle changes can create more accuracy of pitch and more volume and ease.

Intonation is also improved by learn various scales not just major scales in order for singers to learn to practice tuning within their inner ear and mind.

We also have to learn to negotiate how consonants and vowels change our tuning or intonation while singing words and expressions. This is the practice of singing that takes work and action over time.

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