What degree of precision in pitch should a beginner aim for

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    Dimitri-moulin 3 months ago

    Hello !

    I just started the beginner's course, and I must say that I am impressed with all the content offered! 
    Since I am a total beginner, I am using a chromatic tuner to check my pitch accuracy as you advised in an article ("https://www.30daysinger.com/blog/how-to-tell-if-you-re-singing-in-tune-using-free-websites-apps-to-improve-your-pitch-accuracy"). I am not sure though on the degree of precision I should aim at for matching pitch.

    I am using "ninja tuner" and I do get the right notes most of the time, but I am rarely right on tune. Could you advice some "reasonable range" to aim at in terms of Hz ? Is 2Hz too much or can I keep with the vocal exercises with that precision for now ? 

    From what I understood by reading the articles, I should be able to match pitch in order to do the vocal exercises. Does it mean that I must train my ability to match pitch before continuing ?

    Thank you!

    Dimitri

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    Camille van Niekerk 3 months ago

    Hi, Dimitri!

    For a beginner, I think you're doing well if you're under 10 cents (1 notch above or below the pitch). You'll notice, though, that our ears "forgive" flatness way more easily than sharpness. So realistically, 10 cents sharp will be noticeably sharp, whereas 10 cents flat is still passable. For a more advanced singer, within 5 cents is ideal. No one sings perfectly in tune at all times! And remember: if you're singing with a song or karaoke track, you're tuning to instruments (which may not be perfectly in tune), not a tuner.

    It sounds like you're plenty close to continue using the exercises! I'd only recommend pausing and working on ear training exclusively if you were completely off (as in, singing the wrong notes entirely). 

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    Dimitri-moulin 3 months ago

    Thank you for your answer ! 

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    Camille van Niekerk 3 months ago

    You're welcome!

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