Single Note Trainer
Singing Pitch Trainer Lessons
Lesson 1: Play a single note, and match it perfectly by seeing your voice in real-time
Lesson 2: Hold a single note for 2 – 20 seconds by learning note stabilization (fix shaky singing) and breath support
Lesson 4: Increase your range both up and down, by testing your pitch accuracy and hold times across all notes
Lesson 5: Learn vibrato by seeing your pitch bounce up and down on screen, and using the single note repeat mode to help you create and speed up the vibrato bounce
Lesson 6: Sing single notes with and without the assistance of a piano, while seeing your pitch visually in real-time, with status indicators telling you to go up or down in pitch
Lesson 7: Use song sheet music, exercises, or notes given by a teacher to enter and sing any sequence of notes, while visually seeing your pitch as you sing
Lesson 8: Modify the speed of the sequence of notes to match your ability. Slow down if you are struggling to match pitch, and speed up once you match pitch
Lesson 9: Modify the key of the sequence of notes up or down, to learn your sequence across your entire range, and improve your ear
Lesson 10: Set the sequence to Repeat (loop) or to Single mode. Repeat will loop the sequence until you press stop. Repeat mode is important for hands free training of sequences which needs high repetitions to master
Lesson 11: Sing sequences with and without the assistance of a piano, to teach you to eventually sing unassisted
Extra Features Coming Soon
- Select active notes from recorded sequence
- Enter lyrics per note
- Enter number groupings per note (for long runs training)
- See the notes on staff (sheet music) for the recorded sequence
- Choose a key signature to only work with those keys
- See the notes on staff (sheet music) layered over the piano, for your chosen key signature
- Select quarter, triplet or sixteenth note speed setting for any tempo/bpm up to 140bpm.
Singing Weaknesses That Singing Pitch Trainer Is Designed To Solve
Here are the issues that Singing Pitch Trainer is designed to solve (which can’t be solved by books, CDs or video courses, and even by one to one lessons depending on a teacher’s teaching style or ability):
- Can’t tell you are singing shaky notes (right note, but not steady)
- Can’t tell you are singing flat (right note, but slightly low)
- Can’t tell you are singing sharp (right note, but slightly high)
- Can’t tell you are singing off key (wrong note entirely)
- Can’t tell if you are singing a note or phrase right
- Can’t sing low (middle voice only)
- Can’t sing high (cracking or no stamina)
- Can’t recognize the notes of a melody (within a few tries)
- Can’t sing short fast runs (approx 5-8 notes)
- Can’t sing long fast runs (approx 8+ notes)
- Can’t sing vibrato at any speed (uneven or shaky vibrato)
- Can’t sing in rhythm (timing of every note)
- Can’t tell which direction a note is going (up/down/same note)
- Can’t recognize some intervals (semitones, tones, octaves)
- Can’t sing a melody when the lyrics are applied
- Can’t sing without the help of the song (can’t sing alone/acapella)
- Can’t stay in key for a whole song, or even a section
- Can’t sing key changes in songs
- Can’t tell which part of your range a song is in
- Can’t sing in falsetto (particularly males)
- Can’t blend from chest into falsetto (crack or go to wrong note in falsetto)
- Can’t tell why your voice doesn’t sound professional
Can anyone use Singing Pitch Trainer?
Singing Pitch Trainer has been designed to be used by anyone. You don’t need a music background, you don’t need to know music theory, and you don’t need to already have a decent voice. It is designed for the absolutely tone deaf beginner as well as the perfect pitch intermediate/advanced singer. This seems strange, but this is possible because the basic problem people have is their inability to notice a note (pardon the pun). If you can’t tell a note has a particular sound, or is even there, you can’t sing it right.
Singing Pitch Trainer aims to make every note that occurs in a song, or any part of a song clearly visible on screen, and show you, the singer, as you sing in real-time, whether you are hitting that note – as well as help you organize the notes in your mind – which is half the battle. The first struggle is to sing the note right (which beginners struggle with the most). The next struggle is to memorize long sequences of notes, which make up a phrase/verse/section/run to the point where you memorize the entire song. This is where the intermediate to advance people will benefit.
If you can see your voice and the notes you are intending to sing, you are then able to focus on one thing at a time – getting the note right – and then adding more and more notes and eventually combining them all into one perfect sounding phrase, then verse, then entire song eventually. There are about 300 – 400 notes in a song. This takes time to go through – but there are many repeated parts, and repeated intervals and melodies, which are similar across different songs – meaning if you work really hard and learn 5 to 10 songs to a high level, you will find that learning new songs is easy (provided they are at a similar level to the ones you already learnt). Ofcourse, choosing harder songs becomes a fun thing to do, once you master easier songs. Or you can just start with hard songs and treat it as a long term project.
Singing Pitch Trainer allows you to take full control, by allowing you to choose how much you can handle at one time, and giving you real-time visual feedback on your pitch accuracy – which forces you to get it right, before moving on.
You can’t get this kind of feedback doing CD and video exercises. This feedback is even better that a real teacher, because a machine doesn’t get tired and has no schedule, and is more accurate than a teacher’s ear. The programs feedback is more visually concise than a teacher’s – a teacher might say you are flat or sharp – but Singing Pitch Trainer tells you by exactly how much you are off – meaning you can self correct more accurately. It is also objective – so there is no emotion involved – you can see the truth of your ability before your eyes.
How Do You Use Singing Pitch Trainer?
There are two pages to Singing Pitch Trainer. The first page is a Single Note page. There is where you play a note on a piano, sing, and aim to match the pitch of the note you hear on the piano. You will be given a highly sensitive visual line of where your pitch is. The goal is to make your pitch a perfect straight line as soon as you make a sound, and to be able to hold it for at least 3 seconds.
This is like learning the alphabet of singing. Each note is like learning a letter. You have to learn how each note sounds, via the piano assisting you, and using the feedback of the line on the chart, get to know how close to the piano sound you are. The closer you are, the more pleasant you will sound. There is a repeat rate, which allows you to hear the note repeated over and over, as this helps the note sink into your memory, and gives you more time to copy it (without having to worry about physically pressing a note again and again). You can change the speed of the repeat rate to a speed which you like.
The next step will be to take away the piano, and train unassisted, acapella (alone). This is much harder, as you have to sing the note, without the assistance of the piano. You can turn on the assist button at any time to help you by hearing the piano, for as much as you need.
This feature can be used in many ways, to help you sing one note a time with a high accuracy in several different contexts, which will be given in a video tutorial.
There is a also a note hold counter, which will start counting from the moment you sing a note perfectly, and restart each time you go off the note, even slightly. Try to hold a note accurately for as long as you can, and you will gradually get better and sound nicer.
You can also this page to train your vibrato, using quarter note bounces or semitone bounces, which are the two most commonly used vibrato intervals. This will be shown in a video tutorial.
Sequence of Notes (Phrases or Exercises)
This is where it gets complicated. You can actually enter an entire verse or song or notes, using the sheet music for a song. You can purchase sheet music from musicnotes.com for approx $5 per song. If you don’t purchase the sheet music, you will not know what the notes of the song are.
You do not need to know how to read sheet music. You only need to know how to look at images and find them in Singing Pitch Trainer. You will learn how to recognize key signatures, notes and lyrics from sheet music, and easily enter them into Singing Pitch Trainer. Reading sheet music has never been easier. You don’t need to memorize note names at all.
You simply look at the images of notes on the sheet music, and find them on the Singing Pitch Trainer piano. Then you can record them into Singing Pitch Trainer, and save them, so you can continue working on them in the future.
When you play the record notes, you will have the option to select how many notes you want to play. For example, if you have record 50 notes, you can just select the first 5 and starting working on them. You can select from any start to end point within the notes you have recorded from the sheet music.
When you press play, Singing Pitch Trainer will measure your voice against each note that is being played. This allows you to see exactly how close you are to singing each note right, and you use the piano assistance to help you, and gradually remove the piano when you are ready.
You can also change the key up or down and change the speed faster or slower. All notes will play for equal length. This is important, because for you to notice and perfect your pitch, you need to give every note equal time. Part of the reason singers don’t advance is because notes go by too quickly for them when they are in the normal rhythm of a song. This way we slow each note to an equal speed and perfect them.
Once you can sing them at a fast speed, with equal length, then you can move on to singing along with the song, using Tranpose Pro or Amazing Slow Downer or YouTube slow down (inbuilt in youtube) to hear the rhythm and make those final changes as needed to how long each note should go for.
As you sing each note, you will have the lyrics, the sheet notes and the number groupings in view. This means you will sing the right vowel or lyric, see the direction of the note (up, down or same), and be able to organize the notes with number grouping, which is essential for learning long phrases or runs. More on this in the video tutorial.
At this point you will see that perfecting your pitch accuracy on every note in a phrase, section or song, is the number one aspect which will make you sound like an advanced singer or like a pleasant singer. Even if you have good rhythm, it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t sing on pitch. Pitch first, and second comes rhythm. It’s like knowing how to speak quickly, but you can’t pronounce anything clearly, so you won’t be understood. Pitch is what makes music musical, and rhythm is what gives music the feeling of moving.
Please note that some of the features mentioned in the Sequence section will be available in the next update of Singing Pitch Trainer, which is due approximately 1st of July. All updates of Singing Pitch Trainer are at no further cost.
How To Learn The Singing Elements Using Singing Pitch Trainer
Singing Pitch Trainer has powerful features to train your lyrics (pitch accuracy on every lyric), vibrato, runs, falsetto, blend and range. It doesn’t train your volume, placement, diction and final rhythm of phrases – so those you will have to work on separately, with a teacher if needed.
Though interestingly, you will find that the Singing Pitch Trainer will help you understand your volume choices, and clean up your placement and diction, as you use it to fix your pitch. I have had this experience with many students, where as their pitch improves, as a side effect they to have more control over volume, placement and diction.
Lyrics (Pitch Accuracy On Every Word)
Use the single note page to train your individual notes and make sure they are spot on. Once you can do that, move on to the sequence page, enter in your notes and lyrics, and perfect your pitch on every lyric and syllable and in your chosen song. Equal note length forces you to pay equal attention to every syllable, and not go flat or sharp as you might normal do when hearing the song in it’s original rhythm. This also allows you to correct shaky singing on particular syllables – the pitch detector is extremely sensitive and will pick up any shakiness in your tone, and display it for you in the form of waves.
Using the single note page, you can perfect your still tone/straight notes. Once you do that, you are ready to add vibrato. There are two kinds of vibrato you can train. Vibrato is an upward shift in pitch for a quick moment and then back to the originating pitch. You can do a quarter note up vibrato bounce, or a semi-tone vibrato bounce. The quarter note is the most common. You can clearly see if you are reaching the quarter note on the pitch detector, indicated by your voice sliding up and back down to the originating pitch – looking like a steep mounting or triangle. You can also use the repeat rate to assist you in creating the bounce at different speeds, which is essential to singing vibrato in songs of all tempos.
You can develop your runs by using the sequence page, learning a run at a super slow speed, such as 12bpm, and then gradually raising it until you reach the fastest speed which is 140bpm 16th notes. This is the fastest speed runs usually hit, though you don’t need to train every run to this exact speed. It will depend on the song. The main skill is the steadiness on every note, and memorizing the run. Memorizing long runs is one of the hardest parts and can take hours. This is where the recording and selection feature is extremely handy. You can choose which part of the run you want to focus on, and gradually add more and more notes to the selection as you get comfortable. You can also remove the piano and go acapella to check if you can do it on your own, before adding more notes. I have used this strategy with great success for years, and now it is available for you in a self-directed automated format.
Using the single note page, you can practice hitting single notes accurately across your entire range. The available notes are E2 to C6. I may add more in the future if there is demand. Practice holding your notes as steady as you can, as well as with vibrato. The great part about training your range with Singing Pitch Trainer is that you won’t hurt your voice, because the pitch detector will show you how flat you are as you start to get out of your current limits. This way you can know your limits, instead of following a CD or video course where it is hard to tell when you should stop, because the track is not specific to your exact limits. You can also use the sequence note page key change feature, which allows you to change the key up or down to train your range higher or lower on any phrase you wish. This gives you the confidence to push your limits with an actual phrase, instead of the begin limited to traditional scales and arpeggios style range exercises – though you can still use those by inputting them as a phrase if you wish.
Using the single note page, you can train you falsetto notes and make sure they are accurate, one note a time. You can also use the sequence pages to train phrases or runs that are in falsetto and perfect the movement between notes. Use the speed and key change to make things faster or higher to push your falsetto to it’s limits, both low and high. Don’t forget to train your low falsetto as well as your high. The high comes the most easy, but the lower and mid notes need a lot of work, especially if it’s not a strong point genetically.
Using the sequence page, you can practice blend on all the possible intervals, from a semitone all the way up to an octave. Training your chest to blend is easy using the Singing Pitch Trainer, because you can literally just choose one interval, and work it across your range using the key change feature. Make sure to work your lower and upper chest blends, as they all feel very different. Enter in your favorite blends from your favorite artists and songs, and train the sequence and see how accurate you are.
Use Technology To Get The Most Out Of Your Practice
Singing Pitch Trainer concept was created by myself, after over 500 hours of one to one online and face to face teaching of students of widely differing abilities – from unable to match a single note or sing in key, to advanced singers learning long runs and fast vibrato.
Many of my students had done months or years of lessons and they still had several of the below issues, and they were aware of them, but their lessons were not addressing these issues (because they are hard to solve, honestly).
Other students of mine had never done lessons, and ranged from beginner to advanced, but as I was teaching them, I started to notice the same kind of training which I needed to put them through – and I don’t mean scales and arpeggios – I mean students came to me with their own choices of songs, and the way I would break the songs down ended up being the same process for every song or phrase – one note a time, and gradually perfect each note and then combine them. Easily said, but definitely a lot of work to do (for student and teacher).
After seeing the common training patterns for these 500+ hours of teaching over 3 years, I gradually started to build on ideas for automating these processes – as a big issue was students did great during lessons and learnt a lot, but students really struggled to practice effectively on their own (with the exception of a few who). Practicing effectively on their own was especially an issue beginners and intermediates, especially when they had only done a dozen lessons or so. As students did more lessons they were better able to practice alone. But still, over time I gradually felt that I could use technology in some way, as I noticed the repetitive nature of the strategies I was using. Now I have reached the point where you can train yourself to a very high level, with a high level of effectiveness at every minute of training. No more guessing if you are right or wrong.
Finally! You Can Train & See Your Results
I am very excited to bring you this tool, which I wish I had 20 years ago when I first started learning to sing. Put in the thousands of repetitions required, and you will see gradual progress – literally – you will see your pitch accuracy get better on screen – all while using your favorite songs for training, instead of non-song based exercises, which will never take you all the way to your goal of singing your favorite songs perfectly.
For further relevant reading about advancing your singing – read the blog on this website.