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posted: 9/5/2004 at 5:00:20 PM ET
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I'm a singer but I have trouble hitting the pitches perfectly... please help me!

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posted: 9/5/2004 at 8:10:17 PM ET
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I hate for it to sound rude, but if you can't hit the right pitches then you're not a singer. Difficulty in vocally hitting pitches indicates a problem in hearing the correct pitch. Either a partial or complete tone deafness (the inabilty to distinguish between pitches, kinda like being color-blind) or a physical hearing problem. If it is physical then maybe there is something medically that can be done. If not, I do not know what you can do. I firmly believe that hearing the correct pitch is a very natural thaing that does not have to be taught. If you can't hear pitch differences then you very likely have some form of tone deafness. If you can sing a song (Mary Had Little Lamb for example) and when you sing it by yourself it sounds good, but when singing with others you can't quit get with them in tune (singing exactly the same pitch) then I would look into a physical problem. If you sing the song and it songs totally not right, then you have a tone deafness problem.
Sorry to disappoint. Just being forthright. Maybe some one else has some ideas?

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posted: 9/10/2004 at 1:28:32 AM ET
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is the problem that u cant hear the note like the guys before assumes or is it that your voice itself cant quite reach it Because if thats the issue alot of singers find it easyer to hit notes if they sing and breath from ther chest rather than there throat


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posted: 9/10/2004 at 11:03:34 AM ET
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I think there's a big difference between being unskilled vocally and being truly tone deaf. If you can hear that what you're singing isn't right, then you're probably not tone deaf: most truly tone deaf people can't tell when they're off pitch.

You may not be able to become a virtuoso, but it's always possible to get better: you may need to take lessons with someone who specializes in pitch problems. Such teachers do exist, which indicates that this is not an entirely uncommon problem, nor a hopeless one. Look up some vocal instructors in your area -- if you have a large school of music nearby that's a good place to start -- and start making calls asking about pitch correction. If it's part of your career, it's worth it.

(By the way, I know a lot of people who have lovely voices, nice tone, great support, can't sing on pitch to save their lives. These folks can sing, but are not singers, if you see what I mean.)

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