Most vocalists who sing frequently, whether at home or on stage, in the professional or amateur sphere, will happily tell you, “fortunately, I’ve never had pitch issues.”  However, they are wrong: everybody sings off pitch.  You may wonder how this can be; after all, a singer must hear himself, and whether or not one is off pith must be fairly obvious, right?  Wrong.  The degree of offense of an incorrect pitch depends on how far the singer is from the desired pitch, and for how long they remain off pitch.  So the problem may be very slight and not very noticeable to a singer who sings slightly sharp or flat only briefly and corrects the pitch almost immediately.

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But the larger issue is that singers cannot actually hear clearly whether or not they are on pitch.  This fact has been proven in experiments where singers are asked to sing and record a certain phrase.  They evaluate their intonation immediately after singing, and then again after listening to the recording of themselves.  Interestingly, the two reports will often have large discrepancies, and the score given immediately after singing may have no correlation to the actual pitch accuracy.  Yet, the singers can hear perfectly where all the mistakes are when they listen to the recording of themselves.  This phenomena occurs because the sound of one’s voice is different inside the head, due to resonance within the skull, than it is to ears outside.  So, a singer cannot really know whether or not he is on pitch unless he has an objective external measuring device like voice singing software.

For this reason, every serious singer should invest in some pitch software–regardless of whether you are a full-fledged professional or a young beginner.  There are voice software for singing programs available online, including the highly recommended PitchPerfect vocal software program.  This voice software will create a graph of the user’s voice against the desired pitch so the vocalist can actually see his voice, making it easy to correct problems instantly.  Singers who take lessons and/or perform often will be surprised to learn about their intonation issues once they begin working with vocal software.  Voice software will enable them to pinpoint certain areas of the voice where it is especially difficult to match pitch–in the passagio, or the extreme ends of the range, for example–or certain problematic intervals.  With singing software, singers can also see how their breath control affects the pitch (many will have trouble at the ends of phrases when running out of air).  Vocal software will also show that their pitch matching ability will vary from day to day, depending on factors of the body and the environment; learning about these quirks with voice software will improve your singing.  Vocalists will also be happy to discover how easy it is to fix these problems with as little as ten minutes of practice per day with singing software.

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All of these singers understand that the ability to sing on pitch is of fundamental importance; who wants to listen to a beautiful tone if it in the wrong key?  Pitch software can be downloaded easily online for little cost, and singing software requires only about ten minutes a day for solid improvements.  Sing software may be the best investment you can make for your voice.

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