Fix your Singing PITCH with minor triads and arpeggios | #DrDan 🎤


– Most singers I meet
want to sing in tune, and you’re probably no different. But better pitch doesn’t just
happen, you have to develop your intonation with intentional activity. So I’ve got three singing
exercises for you today that I know will improve your pitch accuracy. – [Singer] Sound check. Check one, check two. – Good day welcome to Voice Essential’s where everybody sings. My name is Dr. Dan and it’s
my passion in life to help you realize the full potential
of your singing voice. Learning to sing in tune
is a fundamental skill, that most singers are working on. But as we proceed today please
always remember that singing is not about perfect notes. Singing is about communication. So while this video is designed
to assist and challenge your pitch accuracy, I want
to encourage you to also work on the ability to emote
and clearly communicate the narrative of the material you are singing. With that being said we are
going to jump straight into the practical stuff today. All three exercises we’ll cover
will be minor in tonality. I have a couple of other pitch
development videos based on major scales and they
present slightly easier exercises for the absolute beginner. But the minor scales we’ll be
doing today are a little more difficult and come from
my exercise collection; Dr. Dan’s Voice Essentials 2, which you can download by
the link I’ve placed in the description section below. The first activity we’ll be doing together is the minor triad. The only difference
between a minor triad and the major triad is the
middle note, the third. In the major triad the middle
note is a major third above the first note, also called the tonic. But in a minor triad we drop
that middle note one semi-tone thus making it a minor third
interval from the tonic. Let’s sing through it
together for a few times. (harmonizing) On one level this is a
relatively simple scale to sing because it is only three notes. But perhaps you noticed that
your voice found it challenging to accurately pitch the middle note. And I think this is because
we spend so much time in our practice singing major scales
that our ear and our voice, for that matter, get locked
in to the major patterns. So when we come to sing alternate scales, like the minor triad, the voice
has to adjust to correctly pitch the unfamiliar intervals. And we can enhance the challenge
of the minor triad further by inverting the structure
of the three notes. The second exercise is called
a minor triad first inversion. Here instead of starting on
the tonic we’ll commence the phrase on the third then sing the fifth, followed by the tonic which
is now sung as an octave note. It’s a small change which
can offer a significant challenge to our tuning. Let’s give it a go. (harmonizing) How did you go? You might like to record
yourself doing these activities, playing them back to review
how accurately your voice is moving through each of the scales. You may have even noticed
some inaccuracies in my singing as I navigated the scales. And that’s because, like
you, I continue to develop my imperfect biology
towards better intonation I’ve intentionally left my
display of the exercises untouched by post production
magic because I want you to know that we are all wonderfully human. Which in turn means we
are beautifully imperfect. And I’ve got one more exercise
today so that we can continue to develop our collective imperfections. In many respects the minor
arpeggio is a combining, a combining of the first two activities. The minor triad and the
minor triad first inversion. Let’s have a sing of it together. (harmonizing) So here we have the tonic,
minor third, fifth and octave combining to give us an extended phrase. The additional challenge here
comes into play when you start to sing into your upper registers. If your voice is weak in specific
registers then it’s likely to also have poor tuning
in those same registers. If after doing the third
activity you find that your voice is struggling with pitch
accuracy the higher you go. Then click on this video and
I’ll teach you some exercises to strengthen your upper register. I’m Dr. Dan, sing well.

10 comments

I try to singing everyday but in between my saliva comes in between singing and I hve to stop and clear my throat. how to control this..

I have a question. If the 4th octave is mid belts for women and the 5th octave is the high notes, should the 3rd octave be mid belts for men and the 4th octave be high notes? Or you can keep it the same and label men "King of the Mid-Belts" ?

I had a hard time with the first inversion, but it was a smooth piece of cake for me when it was time for the arpegio. lol

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