Perfecting Your Pitch

It's debatable as to whether or not perfect pitch is attainable or a natural gift. Some say that it is a learned art.  You don't have to be a singer to be able to benefit from more perfect pitch. 

Let's speak on the definition of pitch first. Pitch is "the quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it; the degree of highness or lowness of a tone."
high note.jpgIf you caught our previous blog on tightening your grip on your groove, then you may recall that we spoke on recording yourself and using the buddy system to better your musicianship. When it comes to pitch, it's crucial that you do the same and more. 

First, we suggest that you set aside time specifically for practicing your pitch.
Consider downloading a tuner App and using it both while in strict, timed practice mode and casually. If you're just lounging around, you can sing a note of your choice and try to guess it. Additionally, watch the pitch shift ever so slightly.

Similarly, play games trying to find a note in everyday life. Guess the notes in your cellphone's ring. Guess the pitch of the doorbell, the sound of the pedestrian crossing on your walk to work. You'll notice that you get better and better. 

Next, use an instrument to match your pitch. Experiment with different timbres, match the pitch on instruments like a hollow bass drum, a plucked guitar string, a crisp piano key. 

Finally, employ YouTube. We all know how many incredible resources there are on the internet. There are so many insightful and unique music educators who are giving their lessons away at no cost. Find the teacher that you jive with and follow their tutorials.

Never underestimate the power of muscle memory. All of this hard work will straighten up your skills in no time. Just be patient and embrace the baby steps!