How To Use A Piano For Vocal Exercises
A professional singing teacher demonstrates how to use a piano to improve your singing voice, with vocal exercises that will train your ears and pitch.
I'm going to talk to you now about how to use a piano for vocal exercises. Now, a piano is by no means essential, you can develop your voice perfectly well without it, but it is extremely useful when it comes to doing ear training and pitch exercises. The first thing I'm going to show you is how to find middle C on a keyboard.
Now, if you look at the black notes, they are in pairs 2 and 3, alternating all the way up. Middle C is below the lower of the 2 black notes, in the middle of the keyboard. Now, I'm also going to show you how to build up a triad above that.
A triad is a simple tonic chord and it's made up of the first, the third and the fifth notes. C major is the easiest of the keys to work with because it has no black notes or accidentals as they're also known. It's also a key that's, generally speaking, very comfortable for most people's voices.
Staying with middle C, I'm going to show you a quick and easy interval training exercise. It works like this, 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. It's a way to work on the intervals as you go up the scale and by numbering them, you make sure that you always remember which they are.
Once you're comfortable with this, start missing out the notes in between, so it will work like this, 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 4 1 1 1 5 1 1 6 1 1 7 1 1 8 1. The other thing a piano is great for is getting to know your voice. Use it in conjunction with other exercises that you do and start to work out where the outer limits, where your range is, and where the breaks occur in your range.
This is really useful for choosing what songs to sing and also what keys to sing them in. And that's how to use a piano for vocal exercises.