How to Sing Along with a Piano

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Singing along with a piano is quite simple and a wonderful way to learn the basics of singing. There are several ways to learn to properly sing along with a piano. Some methods involve reading music, others involve other technical training. However, much of singing involves becoming familiar with how to create specific notes in order to mimic melodies made by a musical instruments. Follow the steps below. They are sure to benefit your singing along to the piano.

Things You'll Need

  • Chromatic Guitar Tuner
  • Piano
  • Find middle "C" on the piano's keyboard. Middle C is the 24th white key from the left of the keyboard. If you can't locate it, turn on your guitar tuner and switch it to the "Sound" feature. Scroll until it is buzzing a C note. Match the sound of the tuner with the sound of the note on the piano.

  • Get familiar with the sound of the piano. Once you locate Middle C, hit the next 6 white keys in succession. These are D, E, F, G A and C notes. You may recognize these notes. From Middle C to the C note an octave higher, these notes represent the classic "Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do" exercise. Play these notes several times so you become familiar with how they sound. Learning how to properly sing these notes will help you sing along with piano music. Note: Stay in middle C for now. Attempting to sing at higher or lower octaves in the beginning may cause you to experience pitch problems.

  • Begin the"Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do" exercise. Play the notes on the piano first. Then repeat them with your voice. Sing slowly at first, and be sure to enunciate properly. To effectively project each note, a simple inhale-exhale exercise is recommended. This is simply done by inhaling before each note. The notes should be sung as you exhale.

  • Turn on your guitar tuner to help with any problems staying in tune. The tuner will indicate whether or not you are on key. Pay close attention to the gauge on the tuner. Repeat this exercise for 30 minutes per day for 1 month. Do not increase your tempo until you are able to sing the notes properly.

  • Sing along with the piano. If you don't play piano, recruit someone who does. You can have him play and hum some simple melodies. Tunes you are familiar with are recommended at first. Sing along with the melodies. If you are off key, you will notice a difference between how your voice and the notes coming from the piano.

Tips & Warnings

  • Learning to sing takes practice and dedication. Even seasoned professionals work on the basics on regular basis. Don't be discouraged. Even those who are tone deaf can learn to sing.
  • Begin each practice session with the breathing exercise mentioned above. Simply inhale and hold your breath for 2 seconds. Exhale slowly. Repeat 3 times.
  • Always make sure the piano you are using is in tune. You don't want to learn notes that are sharp or flat.

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