How can I apply this to singing?
I am always flat and I "talk" when I sing... I can t sing at all.
Beginners use the notes "do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do" but how can I apply them to singing? like how can I use them to actually sing? (and there is no way I can afford vocal tutoring so I am going to be self-taught)
- 3 years ago
You are talking about Solfege. Solfege is a music education method used to teach pitch and sight singing of western music that matches syllables with pitches on a music scale. You can learn the different pitches on a music scale on the piano by playing each of the 8 white piano keys that start from the white note middle C and go to the right, and is called C major scale.
Middle C is in the middle of the piano keyboard. You can try humming the syllable Do when you play the white note C.
You can try humming the syllables Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, and Do again to the white notes C, D , E, F, G, A, B, and C ,
and you have played 8 notes, or an octave, from middle C to C. The 8 notes, C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and C make up the C major scale. The C at the top of the scale is the same note C at an octave higher pitch.
Middle C is the white key in the middle of the piano to the left of 2 black keys that are grouped together on the piano and you sing to the syllable Do. You go up to the right on the white keys to play the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and C. Then you try to sing the syllable that represents the letter at the same pitch or sound that is played when you play the note.
C is Do. The next white key to the right is D, or Re. The next white key is E, or Mi. The next white key is F, or Fa.
The next white key is G, or Sol. The next white key is A, or La. The next white key is B, or Ti.
The next white key is C an octave higher, or Do, and you have played 8 notes, or an octave.
You can practice solfege by singing Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do in ascending order
and Do, Ti, La, Sol, Fa, Mi, Re, Do in descending order.
Sing the syllables for the notes and you have learned how to sing pitches and notes on a music scale.
You can sing the song "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music for another way to practice this.
I suggest that you learn how to read notes on sheet music too. Go to Easypianotips.com
- cantilena91Lv 73 years ago
Sorry, but self-help DOES NOT WORK with singing!
Either start saving money for OFFLINE one-on-one lessons with a GOOD vocal teacher, join a choir or find yourself another interest.
In fact, it takes obviously some talent, some luck, LOTS of patience, diligence, courage, hard work, dedication and LOTS of lessons with a GOOD vocal teacher. Besides, your voice will keep maturing until you are in your mid-30s so you need a lot of TIME as well. Therefore:
Sorry, but THE ONLY SAFE way to learn the correct singing techniques & to improve properly IS to take OFFLINE face-to-face singing lessons with a fully trained vocal teacher! The teacher HAS TO BE in the same room with you, so that he/she can give you proper feedback. However, even the best teachers in the world cannot make wonders, so please be realistic with this. Singing lessons are NOT going to help if one is tone-deaf! Please do NOT rely on any dodgy web tutorials because that way you can misunderstand things VERY EASILY and develop bad habits, hoarseness, vocal nodules and other nasties IN NO TIME, and even though you would sound good! It is always much wiser to invest a little bit of your money/time to face-to-face lessons rather than wasting the same amount of money (or even more!) to frequent ear-nose-throat specialist visits due to aforementioned problems, so please reconsider this. If you can't afford vocal lessons, then joining a choir is the only SAFE alternative option. And believe me, but even MANY of those who have music as their hobby DO take lessons as well! Always remember to warm up your voice properly, but please know your limits and don't overdo your voice! Remember the diaphragmatic support, do not strain your throat too much! Also, remember good body posture! Avoid fizzy drinks (burp danger), dairy products (mucus risk), caffeinated products (coffee & tea included, they dry up your throat) and spicy food (irritation risk)! You can consume these things, but NEVER before singing! Do NOT shout, yell, scream nor otherwise abuse your voice AT ANY TIME! Also, please respect your vocal range; if your teacher says you are, say, more of an alto (baritone if you are male), then you ARE more of an alto (baritone).
However: DO NOT try to imitate anyone famous, that will usually give you just bad habits and even damage your throat. You are YOU and your voice is unique, so please learn to cherish that. The world does NOT need copycats.
Do NOT sing, whisper, shout, yell nor scream if having a sore throat/cold/flu, Also, do speak as little as you can if you have flu/cold/sore throat! Remember to drink at least 2 litres of room-temperature still water every day, not just during singing days! Smoking is a big no-no, as is inhaling secondhand smoke. Also, avoid staying in dusty and/or moldy environment.
There you go, leave it or take it, but self-help is as DANGEROUS as trying to perform a minor surgery on oneself after watching how it is done in an episode of Chicago Hope or Holby City. And, sometimes one needs to sacrifice things in order to find the best vocal teacher for oneself.
- Kt SkycatLv 73 years ago
I knew a boy who could not sing. So he picked up the saxophone and learned to play and let the saxophone do his "singing" for him. If you are always flat now, you probably will never really improve in singing. BUT There is a very good need for a good saxophone player! The music need not end! Look into becoming a musician who plays a dang good horn. There are more ways to make music than singing! And, well, there IS a need for intelligent rap.....
- ObserverLv 73 years ago
Suggest that you get a pitch pipe, and use the standard piano keys from Middle C, both right and left.